Research program


Research Program is designed for those wishing to obtain research experience. It is suitable for graduate and PhD students regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in university or not.

MGIMO library and other informational resources are available for researchers. Attending classes (lessons and seminars) is not included in the program.

The tuition fee is 450 EUR per month. The minimum research period is two months.

After finishing their program at MGIMO, Researchers receive Certificates. There is no degree granted to them.


  1. Fill in the application form. In the application form you should indicate whether you require accommodation at the MGIMO residence hall.
  2. Print out the completed application form, sign it by hand, scan it and send it along with the scanned copies of the required documents (please see the list below) to MGIMO International Office by e‑mail to
  3. You will be informed within one month after the University receives your application documents whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled as a Researcher.
  4. If you are approved, an educational contract is to be concluded and paid. After MGIMO has received the payment, you can apply for a visa.
  5. Check with the nearest Russian consulate regarding visa requirements (for example, a completed visa application form, the Letter of Acceptance from MGIMO, passport photos 3х4 сm on mat paper, a valid passport, etc.) and start collecting documents for visa. Keep in touch with MGIMO International Office to get the reference number of the electronic invitation (TELEX) and information of its validity period.
  6. At the Russian boarder as well as upon arrival to MGIMO please follow all the migration rules regarding your migration card, migration registration and visa extension (Steps 2–4 here).


Researcher should submit:

  • a completed application form
  • a valid passport copy
  • Motivation Letter (in Russian or in English)
  • medical certificates (originals) of:
    — negative HIV test (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)
    — negative Hepatitis A, B, C tests (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)
    — negative Syphilis test (issued within 3 months of the arrival date)
  • international certificates of vaccinations or an original medical report on vaccinations against tetanus, measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis
  • personal health records (PHR) for chronic diseases
  • upon arrival — international health insurance valid in Russia for the full period of study
  • 5 photos 3cm x 4 cm


Research period should be scheduled within an academic year (from September 1st to June 30th).


Ms Ekaterina Orlova


MGIMO International Office
76 Prospect Vernadskogo, office БЦ-02, Moscow 119454
+7 495 234 84 61

Office hours: Monday—Friday 10:00-17:00 (UTC+3:00)