Out of the total of over 4,700 applications for the contest, 160 came from ITMO students. 500 Russian PhD students won the stipend, including 19 young scientists from ITMO. The university with the biggest number of stipend recipients is Lomonosov Moscow State University (27 winners) followed by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (22 winners). Thus, ITMO landed in the third place in Russia and the first – in St. Petersburg. 

Amounting to 75,000 rubles per month, the new presidential stipend aims to support talented young scientists starting their academic careers. Winners are to receive the stipend for the length of their PhD studies, for up to 4 years.

Among ITMO PhD students’ winning projects are studies on Arctic ice forecasting, design of adaptive metal-organic frameworks as optical switches, wireless power transfer and accumulation in MRI, resonant nanostructures for anti-counterfeit protection and storage of data, and others.

Each application was evaluated based on three criteria: the relevance of the planned research project, the student’s achievements and research activities, as well as the supervisor’s achievements and their results in supervising PhD students. The submitted research projects had to comply with the priorities indicated in the Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation (link in Russian).