Every year St Petersburg University together with its international partners runs competitions to provide financial support for internships and university exchange programmes.

Competitions to finance expeditions and trips to Russian and foreign organisations to conduct research

SPbU runs annual competitions to finance expeditions and trips to Russian and foreign organisations to conduct research. The funding applies to:

  • internships for students and young scholars;
  • trips to conduct join research;
  • expeditions.

Competitions aim to provide funding for internships of students and young SPbU scholars under the supervision of leading scientists from other Russian or foreign research and educational institutions.

For more information about current competitions to finance expeditions and trips to Russian and foreign organisations to conduct research, follow the link Call for Applications.

Academic exchange with partner universities

Academic exchange with universities is based on direct bilateral agreements with international partners. SPbU research and academic staff can participate in the programme upon competition as part of SPbU international agreements. Under the protocols of academic and scientific exchange SPbU is financially committed to cover travel expenses of research and academic staff going abroad on an exchange programme. Accommodation costs and/or per diems are covered by the host university. Terms and conditions are specified in the Protocol of academic and scientific exchange signed with a partner university.

For more information about current competitions for research and academic staff to participate in academic exchange programmes with partner universities, the application procedure and available exchange programmes, follow the link Call for Applications.

Apart from the protocols of academic exchange, SPbU works in partnership with Erasmus + and FIRST scholarship programmes.

Erasmus + is an academic exchange programme for universities located in the Programme Countries: EU member states, the Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey as well as Partner Countries including Russia. Erasmus+ is a EU financed programme with grants provided to SPbU’s partner universities. They cover travel and living expenses (accommodation and per diems). Compensation of travel expenses depends on the distance from SPbU to the host university.

Erasmus+ funds two types of mobility:

  • Staff Mobility for Teaching The programme requires to complete at least eight hours of teaching at the partner university within 5 days (no remuneration payable). If the duration of the mobility phase exceeds 5 days, the minimum amount of teaching hours will be calculated proportionally.
  • Staff Mobility for Training. The programme aims to facilitate the exchange of experience and improve the qualifications of participants. During the stay with the host university, the programme participants can engage in the development of a new course, acquire new methods of teaching and special skills in handling laboratory equipment, etc. Another purpose of the trip is the establishment and development of partnership with a host university.

 

“German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center” (G-RISC)

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“German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center” (G-RISC)

  • About G-RISC

“German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center” (G-RISC) – is a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin and St Petersburg University. G-RISC was established in 2010 as a research and education platform for intensifying and strengthening interdisciplinary scientific work between Russia and Germany in the field of natural sciences such as: Physics, Geophysics, Physical Chemistry and Mathematics and related interdisciplinary areas – fundamental and applied investigations in environmental research, life sciences, material sciences. 

G-RISC is a prestigious international project aimed at establishing international cooperation of young researchers. Until 2019 G-RISC was funded by DAAD, starting from 2019 the project is co-financed by DAAD, SPbU and FUB.

 

  • G-RISC Office

G-RISC offices are based at St Petersburg University and Freie Universität Berlin.

G-RISC is directed by the Steering Committee that consists of 4 experts from Russia, Germany, and a representative of DAAD. The Steering Committee decides on all issues related to G-RISC, but its main focus is the evaluation of the proposals and decision on funding.

Representatives on Russian side:

St Petersburg University

Prof. Dr. Alina A. Manshina (Chemistry) – Russian Scientific coordinator

Prof. Dr. Alexander M. Shikin (Physics)

Prof. Dr. Vladimir N. Troyan (Geophysics)

Prof. Dr. Elena V. Kustova (Mathematics)

Representatives on German side:

Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl (Physical Chemistry) – German Scientific coordinator

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Pavel Gurevich (Mathematics)

Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr (Geophysics) also at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Technical University Dresden

Prof. Dr. Clemens Laubschat (Physics)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Benjamin Schmäling

Administrative coordinators

Administrative Coordinator at Freie Universität Berlin:

Natalia Kolanovska

Tel.:   ++49-30-838 54570

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At St Petersburg University the following staff members are in charge of administrative issues: 

Julia Ditmar, Administrative coordinator at St Petersburg University (administrative and financial issues, PR, general contact person for all inquiries via email)

Yuliya Rogozhina, academic mobility coordinator (academic mobility of PhD and researchers to/from SPbU (administrative/visa/accommodation support), administration of Calls for proposals, G-RISC web page support at SPbU)

Elena Serova, student mobility coordinator (academic mobility of MA and doctoral students to/from SPbU, administrative support for the Science&Progress Conference)

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  • G-RISC funding

2.1. Subject of funding:

- Mobility grants for excellent young Russian students, graduate students, or young researchers up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in Germany, support can be requested for research stays up to 2 months.

Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master degree or equivalent.

- Mobility grants for excellent young German students, graduate students, or young researchers up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in Russia up to 2 months.

Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master degree or equivalent.

- Mobility grants for outstanding researchers for teaching compact interdisciplinary classes of broad interdisciplinary interest at the partner institutions in Russia or Germany up to 10 days.

-  Electronic Projects: Sustainable developments in German-Russian collaboration promoting the goals of G-RISC using electronic means and their demonstration of use within the scientific scope of G-RISC.

More information about G-RISC is available here

2.2. Criteria

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral students and young researchers up to the age of 35 years from Russian and German universities and research organization;
  • Outstanding scientists from Russia and Germany;
  • Nationality or citizenship is of no importance, rather than the location of the applicant’s affiliation. Proposers are outstanding researchers supporting young people, interdisciplinary research, and collaborations between Russia and Germany.

                  

Application must be submitted on G-RISC portal

 Application deadlines - October 31st and April 30th each year!

All inquiries concerning participation in G-RISC at SPbU can be sent to the email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.3. Scholarships

G-RISC funds primarily mobility of young researchers between Russia and Germany. G-RISC can neither fund expensive equipment nor positions for scientists.

Research stays of German students and scientists at SPbU are fully financed by SPbU (travel expenses and daily allowance are covered) according to the norms set by DAAD.

Research stays of German students and scientists at Russian universities and research organizations are fully financed by DAAD according to DAAD norms.

Regulations for Financial Support for G-RISC mobility grants:

Category

Visit to

Support per month

Per day (for visits up to 22 days)

Graduates from Germany*

Russia

950 €*

42 €*

Doctoral students from Germany*

Russia

1525 €*

68 €*

Advanced Scientists from Germany (teaching visits): Allowances for accommodation and food*

Russia

-

Moscow: 108 €

St Petersburg: 93 €

All other cities: 72 €

Graduates from Russia

Germany

850 €

38 €

Doctoral Students from Russia

Germany

1 200 €

54 €

Young Scientists (Post-Docs) from Russia

Germany

2 000 €

89 €

Advanced Scientists (Professors or Habilitated Scientists) from Russia (teaching visits)

Germany

2 150 €

96 €

Allowance for travel costs for the visits to/from European part of Russian is 425, Asian part of Russia – 800 .  

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  • Research facilities at SPBU:

At St Petersburg University visits are possible on the basis of the following research units:

Institute of Chemistry

Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of chemistry:

 

Manshina img Alina Manshina

 Prof. Alina A. Manshina, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on laser synthesis of hybrid metal/carbon nanostructures for nanooptics, electrocatalysis, sensing technologies are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/алина-анвяровна-маньшина

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Oleg V. Levin, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on synthesis and electrochemical testing of organic redox-active materials are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/олег-владиславович-левин

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Boris A. Noskov, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on aggregates of biomacromolecules (proteins, DNA and their complexes with amphiphilic substances) at liquid/fluid interfaces are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/борис-анатольевич-носков

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Regina M. Islamova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on macromolecular compounds, metal complex catalysis in polymer chemistry, synthesis and properties of macromolecules, polysiloxanes. are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/регина-маратовна-исламова  

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Assoc. Prof. Elena V. Grachova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, transition metal complexes, mixed-metal compounds, nano-scale molecular assemblies, supramolecular ensembles, hybrid nanostructures and luminescence are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/елена-валерьевна-грачева

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Tatiana Tennikova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on polymer chemistry, bio organic chemistry, drug delivery systems are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/татьяна-борисовна-тенникова

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Alexey Y. Timoshkin, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects in priority: 1) Mixed main group compounds of p block elements 2) Lewis acidity scales of Lewis acids and superacids 3) Donor-acceptor interactions 4) Main group amidoboranes.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/алексей-юрьевич-тимошкин  

Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Prof. Peter M. Tolstoy, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects in priority: non-covalent interactions, NMR, hydrogen bonds, halogen bonds, acid-base complexes.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/петр-михайлович-толстой

Manshina img Alina Manshina

Prof. Konstantin N. Mikhelson, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on electrochemical sensors are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/константин-николаевич-михельсон

Manshina img Alina Manshina

Prof. Dmitry O. Kirsanov, , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects in priority: Chemometrics in analytical chemistry; chemical sensors; sensor arrays; "electronic tongue" multisensor systems; biomedical analytical chemistry.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/дмитрий-олегович-кирсанов

Manshina img Alina Manshina Stanislav Kalinin, PhD student, Researcher, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on medicinal chemistry are in priority.
Manshina img Alina Manshina Prof. Yury Tveryanovich, Head of the Laser Chemistry and Laser Materials Science Department, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
projects in priority: Inorganic amorphous and crystalline semiconductors with enlarged plasticity.
SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/ru/persons/юрий-станиславович-тверьянович

 

Faculty of Physics
Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of physics:

Manshina img Alina Manshina Prof. Dmitry Yu. Usachov, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
projects in priority: experimental and  theoretical studies of crystalline, electronic and spin structure of crystal surfaces and low-dimensional materials

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/ru/persons/дмитрий-юрьевич-усачев

 

Faculty of mathematics and mechanics

Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of mathematics and mechanics:

Manshina img Alina Manshina

Prof. Elena V. Kustova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on fundamental theoretical and experimental studies in non-equilibrium gas dynamics are in priority.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/елена-владимировна-кустова

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute of Earth Sciences  

Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of environmental sciences:

 Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Assoc. Prof. Irina Fedorova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on Permafrost Hydrology and Hydrochemistry, addaptation of Polar lakes to climate change.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/ирина-викторовна-федорова

 Manshina img Alina Manshina  

Assoc. Prof. Ekaterina Elsukova, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., projects on soil ecology.

SPBU Pure portal: https://pureportal.spbu.ru/en/persons/екатерина-юрьевна-елсукова/publications/

  • Research Park

The outstanding intellectual and academic environment of the oldest Russian university serves the basis for the 26 resource centres that are now an integral part of the SPbU Research Park. The centres employ the experience, knowledge and research achievements of the previous generations. Each center covers a research area related to one of the four priority spheres which define the common strategy of the University's research.

SPbU resource centres target the following priority spheres:

  • Nanotechnology and Materials Science
  • Biomedicine and Human Health
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Ecology and Nature Management

 

More information about resource centers in each sphere is available at https://english.spbu.ru/science-4/rc

4. Welcome to St Petersburg

This page provides information on:

Living Expenses

 (the following table is intended to be only a guide)

Expense

Price (in roubles)

Accommodation in St Petersburg, per night

2500-6000

Food, per month

10000-12000

Dinner in a restaurant or café

300-1500

Cup of coffee in a café

150

Cinema ticket

150-800

Theatre ticket

500-5000

Bus / Subway ticket

Better get a travel card with discounts

50 / 55

Housing

Researchers coming for short-term visits might stay at the hotels in St Petersburg or Peterhof. Students can stay at SPbU Halls of residence.

More information is available via the link https://english.spbu.ru/our-university/accommodation

  • Contacts

Please use the following contact details to request information and send anу inquiry regarding the project at SPBU: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone +7 (812) 324-08-88 (academic mobility) or +7 (812) 428-43-14 (student mobility, conference).

 

Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme

Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Programme-FIRST + facilitates an annual exchange of academic staff to lecture undergraduate and graduate students, or to organise intensive courses. The programme embraces all subject areas.

Calls for applications are announced by Finnish partner universities (approximately from mid-January to the end of April). The programme is financed by the Centre for International Mobility in Finland. Applications for funding can only by submitted by the Finnish party, i.e. FIRST+ programme coordinators.

Support Programme for Joint Projects Between SPbU and the Free University of Berlin

Support Programme for Joint Projects Between SPbU and the Free University of Berlin runs annual competitions to finance initial stages of educational and research projects implemented by SPbU research and academic staff and professors from the Free University of Berlin.

Call for Phase 2 of the competition for participation of the SPbU academic staff in the support programme for opening stages of joint projects of SPbU and the Free University of Berlin (Joint Seed Funding Scheme) in 2019

Joint Programme of SPbU and the Free University of Berlin: University Alliance for Sustainability

SPbU joined the University Alliance in Sustainability in 2015. The Programme embraces joint educational, research and administrative projects in sustainable development and environmental security. Programme participants: The Free University of Berlin (Germany), St Petersburg University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), Peking University (China), The University of British Columbia (Canada). The project is almost entirely financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For more information about future competitions and the application procedure, follow the link Call for Applications.

Dmitri Mendeleev: SPbU Joint Programme with DAAD

Dmitri Mendeleev is a joint programme of St Petersburg University and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) who run annual competitions to finance research internships of SPbU graduate students, young lecturers and research associates aged under 45 at universities and research institutions of Germany.

For more information about future competitions and the application procedure, follow the link Call for Applications.

SPbU and JTI Scholarship Programme for Young Scientists

As part of the Joint Scholarship Programme, SPbU and JTI run competitions to finance research internships of SPbU young lecturers and research associates aged under 35 at universities and research institutions of Japan.

For more information about the programme and the application procedure in 2018, follow the link Call for Applications.

SPbU and Santander Bank Scholarship Programme for Young Scientists

As part of the joint scholarship programme, SPbU and Santander Bank (Spain) run annual competitions to finance research internships of SPbU postgraduate students, young lecturers and research associates aged under 35 at universities and research institutions of Ibero-America.

For more information about the programme and the application procedure in 2018, follow the link Call for Applications.