Scholarships and grants to Russian International Olympic University now available for students and professors

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation has opened applications for both students and professors for its Olympic Scholarships Programme for the 2016/17 academic year. The programme promotes a modern approach to sports education and, for the very first time, offers financial assistance to visiting professors as well as students to attend the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) in Sochi.

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The programme, launched by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation in the run up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, was set up to provide scholarships for ambitious young people wanting to start or further their careers in sport administration by participating in RIOU’s flagship Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course. Also, for the upcoming academic year, grants will be offered to visiting professors to ensure the highest calibre of teaching talent is available to RIOU’s students.

Oksana Oracheva, Director General of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation said:
“The Foundation traditionally supports talented students to ensure they receive high-quality teaching and are provided with opportunities to excel in an educational environment which meets their needs. This year our Olympic Scholarships Programme made another logical step: to introduce grants for visiting professors. We hope this will allow us to continue to attract world-class, specialised and highly professional sports management experts.”

Prof. Lev Belousov, Rector of RIOU, said:
“We are grateful to the Vladimir Potanin Foundation for expanding its grants programme this year. Our University focuses on providing superior quality education in sports management. We are fortunate to have a fantastic faculty here in Sochi, which draws upon the research and talent of the many leading international universities who work with us. The additional support of a grant for professors will allow us to engage with new experts and this, no doubt, will have a positive impact on our academic activities.”

At present, 20 students from 14 countries are benefitting from a Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarship, allowing them to study on RIOU’s current MSA programme. This follows on from 18 students from 12 countries on scholarships during the 2014/15 academic year.

For detailed information about applying to the Olympic Scholarships Programme, please see
The Vladimir Potanin Foundation also provides consultations about its Olympic Scholarships Programme by telephone: +7 (495) 974 30 19 or email


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