Assistance to talented youth and professional support for tomorrow’s experts is an integral part of the social policy of Alfa-Bank. “Alfa Chance” scholarship program was designed for this purpose. It brings together the most gifted students from the best Russian universities, helping them to make the most of their intellectual abilities. The future of these children is, after all, the future of Russia.
Alfa-Bank established the scholarship program in 1995. Initially, its purpose was to select the most talented graduates of regional schools in Russia and give them the opportunity to receive higher education in economics, business, and finance at the leading universities in Moscow. In 2008, it was decided to strengthen cooperation with National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE). Until 2013, fellows were selected from the most outstanding and talented students of HSE. In 2013, Alfa-Bank expanded the program to the regions where the Bank operates: the opportunity to become a fellow of the “Alfa Chance” Program was given to first-year students of eleven leading universities in Russia. In 2014, the University of Ulyanovsk joined the Program, as well as two more institutions of higher education from St. Petersburg. In 2015, the Program continued to expand, including to the list of partners Altai State Technical University (Barnaul). In 2017, Russian State University of the Humanities (Moscow) joined the program. Currently the program comprises 17 largest universities from 14 Russian cities.
Altai State Technical University
- Vladivostok (Russky Island)
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (UrFU)
Irkutsk National Research Technical University (INRTU)
Kazan Federal University (KFU)
Kuban State University (KSU)
National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE)
Russian State University of the Humanities
- Nizhny Novgorod
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (National Research University) (UNN)
Novosibirsk State University (NSU)
Samara State Aerospace University (National Research University) (SSAU)
- Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg State University of Economics (SPbGEU)
St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics (ITMO)
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbGPU NRU)
Tyumen State University (TSU)
Ulyanovsk State University (USU)
Ufa State Aviation Technical University (USATU)
Each year the program selects 166 gifted students from across the country, who are granted a monthly scholarship for the first two years of study. To become a fellow, first-year students have to undergo a three-step selection process: portfolio competition, essay, and a personal interview with the Competition Committee. The “Alfa Chance” Program is completely philanthropic – fellows do not have any obligations to Alfa-Bank. The only condition for them is that they must be awarded only “good” and “excellent” grades.
The main goals of the “Alfa Chance” Program are to help talented young people in developing their confidence and achieving success at higher school, and to become leaders. The program is available to hundreds of students at the largest universities throughout the country.