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The Doctoral School in Mathematics of the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, is pleased to announce 19 fully funded PhD positions in all areas of mathematics and theoretical physics, starting in November 2017.

Mathematics at the HSE

The Faculty of Mathematics has over 130 members, including 14 invited ICM speakers. Our main research areas are algebraic geometry, geometric and algebraic topology, differential equations, dynamical systems, representation theory, functional analysis and mathematical and theoretical physics.

Some of our recent PhD graduates have gone on to be welcomed as postdocs and instructors in several of the highest ranked mathematics departments in the world.

Most graduate level courses and research seminars take place in English. Our PhD students who are interested in pure mathematics or theoretical physics can have their theses supervised by any member of

as well as any of the associated international laboratories Graduate students who are interested in applied mathematics could also work with any member of

Programme details

The duration of the programme is 4 years. All successful applicants will be offered a tuition waiver, accommodation in a university student residence for a nominal fee (ca. 1000 Russian roubles per month) and a scholarship of ca. 30000 Russian rubles per month.

Some of the successful applicants may instead be awarded a scholarship from the Skolkovo Innovation Centre (ca 75000 Russian roubles per month).

In addition to the above our PhD students benefit from rich social and cultural life in Moscow.

Application deadline: 22 May 2017. All applicants who are not citizens of Russia should submit an application electronically at https://aspirantura.hse.ru/en/phdkvota/The address for submitting electronic applications from Russian citizens will be published later.

Note: There are two separate tracks for applying for a PhD position at the HSE, although only one of these will be available to most applicants. Please note that this applies to the selection procedure only, and the rest of the programme, including funding, is the same for all successful applicants.
1. Russian government quotas. Foreign nationals and stateless persons who wish to apply for a PhD position without a tuition fee can only do so electronically via https://lhttps://aspirantura.hse.ru/en/phdkvota/ until May 22, 2017, except in the cases mentioned below. This option does not involve a foreign language exam, but there is just one deadline, May 22.

2. Regular track. In 2017 the regular track involves two phases and is open to all citizens of Russia and also most citizens of the former Soviet republics, see below. During phase 1 applicants can submit an application in person to Ms Oksana Kipovskaya, or electronically starting from May 2 (the details will be announced later) and until May 22. Interviews with shortlisted candidates and exams in English, French, German or Spanish will take place shortly afterwards. Native speakers of these languages are exempted from these exams, and so are applicants who graduated or will graduate in October 2017 at the latest from an MSc programme in which all courses are taught exclusively in English, French or German. Applicants who have an international foreign language certificate may request their marks for the certificate to be translated into exam marks, see article 3.10 of the admission rules for full details. Based on submitted documents, interviews and the results of language exams if applicable the Selection comittee will offer PhD places to up to 19 applicants in late June.

Places not filled during the first phase of the admissions campaign, if any, will be filled during the second phase (August 1 - September 15). Nevertheless, all eligible applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications during the first phase. Note however that each applicant may submit an application during phase 1 or phase 2 but not both.

Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as stateless persons with a Russian residence permit, may use both of the above two options, and are advised to do so. If you or one of your parents or one of your grandparents were born or resided in the USSR, then you may also be able to use either of the above options, or both (supporting documents required: a passport or a birth certificate issued in the USSR). Please contact the Doctoral School for more information.

All applicants, regardless of their nationality, are advised to email their applications to phdmath@hse,ru, in addition to submitting the applications on line or in person.

Supporting documents and selection procedure

All applications should include the following:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • A CV.
  • At least two reference letters. These should be sent by the refereees directly to phdmath@hse.ru. For applicants currently enrolled in an MSc programme at least one of the reference letters should be from a member of staff of the university where they will obtain by the end of October 2017 their most recent qualification.
  • The name of the prospective thesis supervisor and a tentative title of the thesis; these can be changed afterwards. Applicants are advised to get in touch with their prospective supervisors before submitting an application.
  • Articles or preprints, if any.
  • A (draft) MSc thesis or BS thesis (or any other written research project).
  • Academic record, including the marks for the 1st semester of 2016/17 if available.
  • A research project if available. This could be a short description of the problems you would like to work on if admitted to the programme.
  • Any other relevant information.

Note to applicants who apply via the quota track:Articles, preprints or any other written research projects can be uploaded using item 30 of the application form. You can use item 31 to upload marks or any other information.In item 24 you are asked if you wish to be considered for a scholarship, and you should reply yes.

By the end of October 2017 at the latest all successful applicants must have an MSc or equivalent diploma and, if they wish to receive a scholarship, one of the following international language certificates with the total score equal to or better than the number in brackets: IELTS (6), TOEFL PBT (500), TOEFL IBT (80). The latter requirement is waived for native speakers of English, French or German, as well as for those who graduated or will graduate in October 2017 at the latest from an MSc programme in which all courses are taught exclusively in English, French or German.

For all enquiries please contact School director Alexey Gorinov agorinov@hse.ru or School manager Oksana Kipovskaya okipovskaya@hse.ru

Full details on how to apply: aspirantura.hse.ru/en/math/in