Stages of the Competition

Please see Russian version of the website for more detailed information

The competition for the Fulbright Program consists of 3 rounds.

First Round:

All applications are reviewed and evaluated by Russian and American experts from the respective fields of study.

Second Round:

Interviews are held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg in September. All candidates for Master's grants will be required to take TOEFL before we make selection of candidates for the second round. All VGS program semi-finalists need to take the internet based TOEFL exam and GRE, when required. Please look for updates on Russian version of our website for more details. Once the final decision has been made, we will announce it in the "News" section of our site.

Information about the tests can be found on the Internet at:,

Tests taken during the competition will be paid for by the Fulbright Program.

During the second round, the Fulbright Program pays nonresident candidates’ transportation to Moscow and back. If necessary, the program also makes hotel reservations and pays for the candidates stay during the second round.

Third Round:

The third round takes place at the end of September with a Russian-American evaluation commission including employees from the Cultural Affairs Office at the US Embassy in Moscow. Using the results from the first and second rounds, they select those candidates who will be recommended to receive a grant. Once the results have been decided, sometime in October, all participants of competition will be informed by e-mail of their status.

All documents for each recommended candidate are then sent to the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York which distributes the information to the appropriate universities in the United States. The Institute of International Education reserves the right to choose a university for each Fulbright-funded student, even if a candidate has specific preferences or he/she has already been accepted to a university in the USA.

The finalists of the competition become official participants of the program only after:

1. Results of the TOEFL and GRE exams have been considered.
2. The Institute of International Education has confirmed his/her acceptance in a university in the USA.
3. The nominee has been approved by The J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board.
4. Finalists are required to complete the ON-LINE APPLICATION upon request from the Fulbright office (in case they submitted documents for the competition initially in another way).
5. Finalists are required to submit a completed and approved medical form which then should be approved by a medical board in the USA.

Программа Фулбрайта в Российской Федерации. Институт Международного Образования.
Россия, 125009, г. Москва. ул. Тверская, д. 16 строение 1, офис 504
Тел: +7.495.966.9353