RUSSIA: The 2024-2025 Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Scholarships

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is offering scholarships for Bachelor’s and Preparatory Faculty’s programmes for South African citizens for the 2024-25 academic year.

Bachelor’s education programme are instructed in English or Russian (according to the choice of a student) while the Preparatory Faculty entails a 1-year course of the Russian language with the further transfer to a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme in Russian.

The academic year starts on the 1st September.

Detailed information is available on the MGIMO website:

Degree level




Applications will close on 1 May 2024.

Who can apply?

For the Preparatory Faculty

For Master’s studies:

Fields of Study

Bachelor's in Russian:

Bachelor’s in English:

Master's in Russian:

 What the scholarship offers

The scholarship covers tuition, monthly allowance (50 $) and provides discounts for accommodation. 

Application process

Candidates interested in applying to the Education Programmes at MGIMO must register and complete the application form via Application portal. Before submitting the application to the university, candidates are requested to submit copies of their applications for approval by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training at  

The scholarships are granted based on selection results. The number of applicants allowed to apply/participate is not limited. Following submitting of the relevant documents, potential candidates will be invited to an online interview with representatives of the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Embassy of the Russian Embassy in South Africa.


All enquiries should be sent to the Russian Embassy in South Africa at   

Documents and links

MGIMO website

Application portal

MGIMO Educational Programmes

MGIMO Forms 


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority and the relevant professional bodies. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.