SKOLKOVO Women Association Fellowship

SKOLKOVO Women Association Fellowship — joint initiative of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and
SKOLKOVO Women Association.

Created with the help of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, the Women’s Association unites students, graduates and employees. Its core aim is to contribute to the professional development of businesswomen. Representatives of the SKOLKOVO community gather to widen their social circles in business, culture and politics. One of the association’s key tasks is to show the true potential of participants through greater social activity.

The SKOLKOVO MBA programme sets bringing up of ambitious leaders-entrepreneurs as its objective; they would bring to life new, outstanding, dynamic projects in the sphere of commercial, social or private-state entrepreneurship.

The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and the Women Association offer young and talented women an opportunity to fulfill their leadership and managerial potential at the SKOLKOVO MBA programme.

The SKOLKOVO Women Association Fellowship contest winner (the fellow) will receive a 40 000 euro scholarship for education at the SKOLKOVO MBA programme in 2012-2013.


It is assumed that the SKOLKOVO Women Association representatives will participate in the fellow mentoring in the course of her studying at the SKOLKOVO MBA programme.

Acceptance of applications for participation is over.

Thanks for all your submissions.

  • Olga Kairova
  • Lydia Kulik
  • Evgenia Rybalchenko
  • Sibel Yucel
  • Evgenia Rybalchenko

We warmly congratulate the winner and nominees and wish them good luck with the studying!

Terms of competition

  • - Participation Format
  • - Requirments
  • - Contest Stages
  • - Contest Committee

  •  Want more information?

    Anna Nekrasova
    Executive Consultant
    tel.: +7 919 777 42 98

    Ekaterina Vechkanova
    Executive Consultant
    tel.: +7 916 777 82 80

Only who has been already admitted to the SKOLKOVO MBA programme can participate in the contest. An application form should be sent in the form of an essay that comprises answers to the following questions:

  • Why should we choose you as the winner of the Fellowship?
  • Why do you think the SKOLKOVO MBA programme will help you to grow professionally, and how can it help?
  • How do you plan to change the world?

The essay should be less than 7 000 symbols (about 5 pages), written in English, saved as a MS Word file.

The participants whose essays will be approved by the Committee will be invited to two individual interviews with the contest committee. In case a face-to-face interview in Moscow is not possible, it can be conducted via Skype.

All information considered within the contest is strictly confidential and won’t be revealed in any form without a written agreement with the author.

Citizens from any world country can take part in the contest. There are no restrictions connected with nationality, region, citizenship, race, etc. issues. The fellowship will be granted to an individual.

Compulsory requirements:

  • women at the age of 21-35 only
  • a higher education degree
  • 2-3 year managerial experience (or experience similar to entrepreneurial activity)
  • English knowledge

All candidates who suit the Contest requirements and have successfully passed the SKOLKOVO MBA entrance examinations can take part in the contest. In that case the Committee is to be provided with an admission offer and an essay put together in accordance with the requirement mentioned above. Other documents compulsory for the participation (an application form, recommendations, video-presentation) will be presented to the Contest committee by the SKOLKOVO MBA Admission Team having received a written agreement from an applicant.

Filing to the Contest
April 15 – June 1, 2012

In order to file an application to the contest a candidate has to sign up for the SKOLKOVO MBA programme and successfully pass the entrance examinations.

Applications of the candidates, who do not master English at the required level, do not have sufficient managerial experience and have not passed the entrance examinations, will be declined.

As al the examinations have been successfully passed and an admission offer has been receives a candidate provides the Contest Committee with an essay of the required format ( Applications are considered by the SKOLKOVO Contest Committee.

Essay selection
June 1 – June 5, 2012

Essays accepted to the contest are considered by the SKOLKOVO Contest Committee. Five best essays are selected for the further contemplation by the official Contest Committee and the final stage.

Interview with finalists
June 5 – June 10, 2012

Five contest finalists attend an interview with the SKOLKOVO Contest Committee representatives.

The announcement of the fellow with participation of the SKOLKOVO Women Association
June 30, 2012

The contest results announcement at the SKOLKOVO graduation ball.

Tatiana Olifirova

Member of the SKOLKOVO Women Association Board

Anna Vasilenko

Member of the SKOLKOVO Women Association Board

Diana Viola

Member of the SKOLKOVO Women Association Board

Sofia Chernogortseva

Senior business development manager of SKOLKOVO