About program


ITMO University Fellowship program aims to provide outstanding researchers and scientists, who are, or have the potential to become, leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Our intention is to help to develop next generation of researchers with the greatest potential in their postdoctoral and early career stages. This program is supported by the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100.

The applications fitting into strategic research areas of ITMO University would be given a priority consideration:

  • Optics and Photonics

  • Information Technologies and Computer Systems

  • Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials

  • Automatic Controls and Signal Processing

Complete list of Research Labs is available here.

Program details

  • Contract period: up to 3 years

  • Please note: position requires permanent relocation for the period of contract.

  • Research Project with the Laboratory or other Unit of ITMO University. The Project must be approved by the Letter of Support from Lab/Unit and must include: objectives and expected results of the Project, its duration, budget and signature of the Head of the Research Lab or Unit.

  • Interdisciplinary Projects bridging together the above strategic research areas of ITMO University combining Natural Sciences, Information Technologies with other disciplines; e. g. Economy and Society, Life and Health Sciences, will be given serious consideration.

  • Applications will be processed according to the deadlines. Please check “Dates and results” for updated information.



  • Only for individuals who completed a Ph.D. degree in countries outside Russia or have minimum 3 years of international experience in the world's top universities

  • Without prior employment history at ITMO University

  • Ph.D., Professors or Associate professor position at world’s leading university preferable

  • H-index from 7 preferable

Expected Results  (KPIs)

  • Number of publications (in Web of Science and Scopus data bases): no less than 3 per year in collaboration with ITMO researchers (young scientists, PhDs and MCs preferable)
  • Cumulative SJR of the publications with ITMO affiliation: no less than 3.
  • Participation in the major international scientific conferences as an invited speaker representing ITMO University: no less than 1 per year. 
  • Supervision (co-supervision with ITMO University professor) of master's thesis (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 2 during the period of the employment contract
  • Supervision (co-supervision with ITMO University professor) of PhDs’ theses (with co-publishing of research results ): no less than 1 during the period of the employment contract.
  • Short-term courses of research-related lectures 

 Please note: ITMO Fellowship and Professorship Program deliverables cannot be substituted for deliverables of other ITMO University programs (for the purposes of reporting)


  • Visa expenses

  • 149 000 RUB (before taxes, equivalent to approx. 2 625 USD)* salary per month

  • Additional allowance: 200 000 RUB (equivalent to approx. 3 500 USD)* per year.**

* According to USD to Russian Ruble exchange rate on January 19, 2018.

 ** Additional allowance can be used:

  • for purchasing equipment and materials required for the prospective research;
  • business trips to major international conferences as an invited speaker (only round trips from/to St. Petersburg are acceptable);
  • publishing fees in high-ranked open access journals

 Please note: the money not used in the current year cannot be transferred to the consecutive year.

How to Apply

Before submitting the application, please contact the host Research Lab or Unit to plan a collaborative Research Project. Research Lab or Unit must confirm its commitment to work with the candidate by the Letter of Support.

The Letter of Support must include:

  • objectives and expected results of the Project;
  • Project duration;
  • expected KPIs;
  • the amount of money required for its successful completion;
  • signature of the Head of the Research Lab or Unit.

Research proposal must contain:

1. Project title

2. Project scope

3. Objectives

4. Motivation and matching with the international research agenda (what challenges the project can answer and how, arguments confirming project feasibility and prospects of the selected research direction, references to related works, recognized and supported projects)

5. Relevance to ITMO University priority research directions

6. Candidate research background (experience that ensures that the project can be successfully completed) 

7. Research plan (stages, presence in SPb)

8. Deliverables

9. Budget

10. Reference people

Details of application procedure and application form are available hereApplication and all supporting documents to be submitted exclusively in English.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We expect the successful candidates to start their work at ITMO University within 6 months after the winners are announced.