Q: What is the ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program?

A: The ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program which provides highly qualified students from Russia with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a Master's degree in the geosciences at a university in the United States. The program is funded by ExxonMobil and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Some students may qualify for the opportunity to apply their skills through internships with ExxonMobil as an approved part of their academic program.

Through this unique scholarship opportunity, ExxonMobil aims to contribute to Russia by helping to develop highly skilled and culturally adept individuals. Recipients of the scholarship will demonstrate a history of academic excellence, research and technical aptitude, as well as exceptional cultural adaptability. Although applicants do not need to be currently residing in Russia, they must be Russian citizens with a valid Russian passport.  

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Q: What should I do to create a strong, competitive application?

A: The Application Guidelines page provides thorough, detailed information on how to create a competitive application. It is strongly encouraged that all applicants read the ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program website and the Application Instructions thoroughly and Contact Us with questions.

You should keep in mind the selection panel will only know you through your application. It is very important to be thoughtful and thorough in describing yourself, your objectives, and your reasons for pursuing a degree in the geosciences. You will need to convince the review panel that you have well developed goals and that you are capable of professional, culturally appropriate interaction with diverse constituencies.

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Q: Are dependents allowed on the program?

A: The scholarship does not include support funds for dependents. Should students decide to bring dependents, they must be able to demonstrate they have sufficient financial resources to support them throughout the duration of their stay.

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Q: Who chooses the University where I pursue my degree?

A: IIE will review all selected applications and work with ExxonMobil on determining an appropriate academic program. The final decision of the location and focus of the academic program is finalized by ExxonMobil and IIE.

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Q: What supplementary documents should I prepare for the online application?

A: The supplementary documents that must be uploaded or that accompany your online application are:

  • Official University Transcripts - Russian language copy with the University stamp and an officially translated English copy
  • University Diplomas/certificates - Russian language copy and an officially translated English copy
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores (if available)

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Q: Is it possible to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) instead of the TOEFL?

A: Yes, for the purposes of the scholarship, you can take either the TOEFL or IELTS. Please visit the Eligibility section of the website for additional information regarding the TOEFL and UK visa requirements.

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Q: What is the difference between the Institutional Testing Program (ITP) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the Official TOEFL test? Can I submit an ITP score for my scholarship application?

A: The Institutional TOEFL test or ITP (Institutional Testing Program) is often used as a practice test for the Official TOEFL exam and gives an approximate indication of English language ability. The Official TOEFL test is more precise at measuring language ability and U.S. universities require an official TOEFL test from every candidate before they can be considered for admission. Applicants may submit an ITP TOEFL initially for scholarship review. Please visit the Eligibility section of the website for additional information regarding the TOEFL and UK visa requirements.

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Q: Who should I contact during the application process?

A: The Institute of International Education (IIE) is your main contact during the application process and throughout your program if you are selected as a recipient of the scholarship . You can contact the program advisors via email at exxonmobilscholars_russia@iie.org. If selected, IIE will work with colleges and universities in the U.S or UK on your behalf to obtain placement for you.


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    Q: When should I be prepared to leave my country and travel to the U.S. or U.K.? What about my passport?

    A: The fall academic semester for most universities in the U.S starts in mid August. Scholarship recipients should expect to arrive in the U.S in early August.

    The academic year in the U.K. starts between mid-September to October depending on the university. You should plan to depart your home country between August and October. If you are selected to pursue your degree in the U.K, your scholarship advisor will discuss your specific departure date with you.

    Your passport must be valid through at least 2017 and you must plan to request your visa from the U.S. or UK Embassy in your country.

    Upon acceptance to the program, you must return a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions as well as copy of your passport, with your photograph, date of birth, location of birth, and the expiration date of your passport.

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