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PIR Center opens scholarship contest for the Dual Degree Master`s Program

02.06.2020

MOSCOW, JUNE 2. PIR PRESS. Dual Degree Master`s Program in Nonproliferation Studies, which is run jointly by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and PIR Center, opens scholarships competition that covers a substantial part of the program`s student fee for the students from Russia in 2020-2022.

The support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the cooperation of MGIMO, MIIS and PIR Center made it possible to provide the scholarships.

Dual Degree Master`s Program in Nonproliferation Studies is a unique international educational program in nonproliferation and global security. Graduates are awarded two master’s degrees: one from MIIS with a degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (MANPTS) and the other from MGIMO with a degree in international affairs, with a specialization in WMD nonproliferation, nuclear policy, and global security. Students of the program begin their studies in Moscow (first semester), continue in Monterey (California, second and third semesters) and do internships at international organizations (UN, IAEA, CTBTO, etc.), research centers, national governments and private companies (fourth semester).

Students of the third cohort of the program share their experience about the internship at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on the UNODA webpage.

Tuition fee for the program is $ 50,000. However, this amount can be significantly (up to 80-100%) reduced with a scholarship.

What does the scholarship cover?

  • The cost of studies during the second and third semesters in Monterey (USA) is $ 40,000. The scholarship covers from 90 to 100% of this amount and consists of two parts - the NTI scholarships and the scholarship from MIIS itself, covering the remaining part. Thus, Russian students who win the competition are fully or substantially exempted from tuition at Monterey.

When will the results of the contest be announced?

The results of the competition and the decision on the scholarships provision will be announced by July 10, 2020. Applications must be submitted by June 26, 2020.
 
What is necessary to participate in the contest?

1. Apply to the program visiting the MIIS website

2. Demonstrate your interest in nuclear nonproliferation, peaceful nuclear energy and global security issues, as well as experience in research, information other work in this area. To do this, please send to PIR Center at edu@pircenter.org:

2.1. The proposed topic of the master's thesis and its brief description (no more than 0.5-1 page in Russian or English).
2.2. Materials that confirm your interest and/or experience in the subject of the master's degree (in Russian or English).


3. The contest committee reserves the right to invite the candidate for an oral interview.
 
Deadline:

To participate in the scholarship contest, you must submit a full set of documents for admission to the program through the MIIS website and send materials confirming interest and experience in the field of nonproliferation to PIR Center by June 26, 2020.

Contacts:

On all questions regarding the contest and Dual Degree Program, please contact the PIR Center Educational Program Director Yulia Sych by e-mail edu@pircenter.org.

 

Feedback from scholars of 2016-2019:

Natalya Artemenkova (holds a Bachelor's degree from MGIMO, Dual Degree Master`s Program graduate of 2019, Attaché at the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs): “NTI scholarship not only provides a unique opportunity to gain knowledge from prominent experts in the field of nonproliferation from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, but also offers new global career prospects for scholars and work on exciting projects in research centers around the world. I am happy that I was selected as an NTI scholar. Learning and living in the beautiful Monterey located on the Pacific Ocean is priceless”. 


Nikita Degtyarev (holds a Bachelor's degree from Ural Federal University, enrolled for the Dual Degree Master`s Program in 2019): “Back in the day, I dreamed of the opportunity to enroll for a similar program that would combine studying abroad and was devoted to nuclear nonproliferation, but I sadly realized that financial capacity would never allow this. Sadness disappeared when I found out about a wonderful scholarship provided by NTI. This scholarship helped me to cover the expenses for the entire year of study in Monterey and inspired new achievements. The NTI scholarship helped me to discover a new world full of new knowledge, skills, acquaintances and opportunities, which I really appreciate. Moreover, once again it was proved to me that nothing is impossible”.

 

Daria Selezneva (holds a Bachelor's degree from Ural Federal University, Dual Degree Master`s Program graduate of 2018, Junior Researcher at the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO): “I would like to express my gratitude to the Nuclear Threat Initiative for providing financial support, thanks to which I got the opportunity to become a student of the first cohort of the Dual Degree Master`s Program. During the studies, I met and got to know many professionals, including prominent experts in the field of nonproliferation. In addition, during the last semester of the program, I got the opportunity to do an internship at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and take part in the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which became unique invaluable experience”.


Sergei Semenov (holds a Bachelor's degree from MGIMO, enrolled for the Dual Degree Master`s Program in 2019): “The NTI scholarship is a real ticket to professional life. Without it, my path to nonproliferation would be much longer and thornier. Perhaps, with due diligence, I could get the necessary knowledge myself, but the Dual Degree Master`s Program is not only lectures and seminars, it is an opportunity to learn from the best of the best: from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia to the Former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service. And for such an opportunity, I can only thank NTI and its generous support".


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