Application Process and Number of Students


To be eligible for the Ph.D. program, by the time of enrollment at Skoltech, applicants should hold a M.Sc. degree or equivalent (specialist degree) from a recognized institution of higher education and in a relevant area of study.
Application to Skoltech consists of two stages:  
Stage 1. Application at Skoltech’s online portal 
Applications to the Ph.D. program are accepted at this page. As part of the process, applicants must present the following:
    • Online application
    • Motivation letter
    • Resume/CV
    • Proof of proficiency in English, i.e., TOEFL or IELTS (students may submit an application without this information, but all will be asked to provide it at a later date)
    • Copy of transcripts, in English (and original language) of all higher education institutions attended. In the application phase, copies will be sufficient, but official copies must be provided at a later date.
    • Optional: results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • As part of the admission process, applicants should indicate the Skoltech faculty member(s) with whom they wish to pursue doctoral studies. Applicants may review the Skoltech faculty profiles before beginning the online application on the web-page of each PhD Program and get in touch (via e-mail) with the faculty member.

Stage 2. Selection Days

During Selection Days, participants go through interviews and an English test (for those who don’t have TOEFL or IELTS certificate). Invitations to Selection Days are reserved for those students who submitted the strongest online applications.

Number of students approved for each PhD Program for 2018-2019:

Educational Program No. of Placements
Mathematics and Mechanics 10
Physics 13
Materials Science and Engineering  12
Life Sciences 15
Computational and Data Science and Engineering  30
 Petroleum Engineering 10
Engineering Systems  15