Sabbatical for PhD Students

Sabbatical for PhD Students

In each year, Sharif University of Technology sends some PhD students for their 6-month sabbatical to Russian universities.

Interested student should get approval of a professor in the host university by his/her own.

February of each year is the dead line for submitting your request along with the aforementioned agreement letter of the host professor. Your advisor also should send us an email to confirm his/her agreement with your sabbatical at the intended university.

University will pay about $4000 for your 6-month sabbatical. This fund is specially designed for doing PhD sabbatical in Russian universities and is independent to the fund that you (as a PhD student) can get from MRST for your sabbatical so you may use that of MRST for another sabbatical e.g. a year after this sabbatical.

Please send your inquiry to


Keyvan Mohammadi, Ph.D. candidate

Duration: Jun. 2019 - Nov. 2019

The attractive campus with unique design, new and high-quality equipment, international supervisors, expert engineers as well as responsible staff has provided a special atmosphere for research and realization of the researcher’s ideas. The Center for Design, Manufacturing and Material (CDMM), with the focus on Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), has collected the important and expensive AM methods at the state of the laboratory of top universities.
I planned to organize only one project, but after visiting the appropriate scientific space, I started and completed three projects!
The progress report is attached.
I had selected universities of the United State for the sabbatical research target. After receiving the invitation letters from professors of Harvard and UPenn, I had been waiting for the VISA process for 2 years. Unfortunately, the only response has been “Please wait for clearance administrative process!”.
Now, after visiting Skoltech, my perspective has completely changed and I believe “Skoltech can be a good alternative to America”.


Reza Khorasani, Ph.D. candidate

Duration: Nov. 2018 - May. 2019

It started as a journey to unknowns and ended up with the expected outcomes. Although it was not flawless, I have nothing but positive things to say about SPBU and its dynamic and friendly educational environment. I would like to thank Professors Alexander Razov and Natalia Resnina for all the support and guidance. I will always remember these months as a big step in my academic lifestyle and I will promote this program to my friends!


Mehdi Bohlooly Fotovat, Ph.D. student

Duration: Mar. 2019 - Sep. 2019

Further to six months visiting period at the Laboratory of Intelligent Materials
and Structures of Tambov State Technical University, this is to declare my
feedback as Dr. Kulikov (my advisor) and his colleagues have great experiences in
computational mechanics which I could solve my own problems in PhD thesis.
They provided all their experiences without any shortcomings.

Tambov is a city as big as Qazvin located in south of Moscow. The costs are
very low with respect to big cities of Russia. The weather is extremely cold in
winter. However, it is a lush and pleasant city in summer.

I recommend this city and university to students who are studying related


Sara Nayeri, Ph.D. student

Duration: August 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019

During this travel, I had a very good experience in inorganic chemistry and analysis instruments because in St. Petersburg State University there are many instruments for measurement and characterization of organometallic compounds. Furthermore, you can easily access to any material and chemical that you need for your reactions. Research Park of this university is completely equipped that you can receive your result and data as soon as possible. During this six month, besides my Russian project, I also work on my Iranian thesis.

Additionally, Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with very kind and helpful people.

Herein, I suggest to other Sharif students to apply to St. Petersburg State University and enjoy this beautiful University.


Arman Alahyari, Ph.D. student

Duration: June 28, 2018 - April 25, 2019

During this period, I had the opportunity to work in an excellent scientific environment. Not only I was working on my own thesis but I also was participating in other activities including projects and conferences. Although this university is rather new, the necessary equipment is available to perform many experiments and researches. I had the access to a huge computational server which helped me a lot to achieve better numerical simulations and results. The university has two different campuses and is very beautiful inside out. New campus is recently made and enjoys a really appealing structure.
In addition, Moscow is a bigcity with many sights to explore which makes the travel experience unique.
Overall, I would recommend Skoltech to eligible Sharif students to apply and gain new experience in the university and city of Moscow.


Behzad Ahi, Ph.D. student

The 3-month visiting research in historical Saint-Petersburg city (ITMO university), was a great experience for me. Besides working on an interesting issue inline with my Ph.D. thesis, I got a chance to take part in the conference of "Navigation and Motion Control - 2019". All process (apply, visa, transport, accommodation …), were almost straightforward which made me satisfied with my visiting period. To get the most pleasure from visiting the wonderful Saint-Petersburg city, with respect to weather condition, just try to arrange the start of your visit not before April.


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