German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center

1. About G-RISC

German-Russian Interdisciplinary Science Center” (G-RISC)is a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin and St Petersburg State University. G-RISC was established in 2010 as a research and education platform for intensifying and strengthening interdisciplinary scientific work between Russia and Germany in the field of natural sciences such as: Physics, Geophysics, Physical Chemistry and Mathematics and related interdisciplinary areas – fundamental and applied investigations in environmental research, life sciences, material scienses.

G-RISC is a prestigious international project aimed at establishing international cooperation of young researchers. Until 2019 G-RISC was funded by DAAD, starting from 2019 the project is co-financed by DAAD, SPbU and FUB.

1.1. G-RISC Office

G-RISC offices are based at St Petersburg University and Freie Universität Berlin.

G-RISC is directed by the Steering Committee that consists of 4 experts from Russia, Germany, and a representative of DAAD. The Steering Committee decides on all issues related to G-RISC, but its main focus is the evaluation of the proposals and decision on funding.

Representatives on Russian side:

St Petersburg State University

Prof. Dr. Alina A. Manshina (Chemistry) – Russian Scientific coordinator

Prof. Dr. Alexander M. Shikin (Physics)

Prof. Dr. Vladimir N. Troyan (Geophysics)

Prof. Dr. Elena V. Kustova (Mathematics)

Representatives on German side:

Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl (Physical Chemistry) – German Scientific coordinator

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Pavel Gurevich (Mathematics)

Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr (Geophysics) also at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Technical University Dresden

Prof. Dr. Clemens Laubschat (Physics)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Benjamin Schmäling

Administrative coordinators

Administrative Coordinator at Freie Universität Berlin:

Natalia Kolanovska

Tel.: ++49-30-838 54570


At St. Petersburg University the following staff members are in charge of administrative issues:

Julia Ditmar, Administrative coordinator at St Petersburg University (administrative and financial issues, PR, general contact person for all inquiries via email)

Yuliya Rogozhina, academic mobility coordinator (academic mobility of PhD and researchers to/from SPbU (administrative/visa/accommodation support), administration of Calls for proposals, G-RISC web page support at SPbU)

Elena Serova, student mobility coordinator (academic mobility of MA and doctoral students to/from SPbU, administrative support for the Science&Progress Conference)


2. G-RISC funding

2.1. Subject of funding:

  • Mobility grants for excellent young Russian students, graduate students, or young researchers up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in Germany, support can be requested for research stays up to 2 months.
    Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master degree or equivalent.
  • Mobility grants for excellent young German students, graduate students, or young researchers up to the age of 35 years aiming interdisciplinary research projects in Russia up to 2 months.
    Qualification requirement for graduates: Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Qualification requirement for doctoral students: Master degree or equivalent.
  • Mobility grants for outstanding researchers for teaching compact interdisciplinary classes of broad interdisciplinary interest at the partner institutions in Russia or Germany up to 10 days.

More information about G-RISC is available here

2.2. Criteria

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral students and young researchers up to the age of 35 years from Russian and German universities and research organization;

  • Outstanding scientists from Russia and Germany;

  • Nationality or citizenship is of no importance, rather than the location of the applicant’s affiliation. Proposers are outstanding researchers supporting young people, interdisciplinary research, and collaborations between Russia and Germany.

Application must be submitted on G-RISC portal

ATTENTION! The next Call for G-RISC Proposals will be announced in September 2020!
Funding period will be January 10 - July 31, 2021.

All inquiries concerning participation in G-RISC at SPbU can be sent to the email

2.3. Scholarships

G-RISC funds primarily mobility of young researchers between Russia and Germany. G-RISC can neither fund expensive equipment nor positions for scientists.

Research stays of German students and scientists at SPbU are fully financed by SPbU (travel expenses and daily allowance are covered) according to the norms set by DAAD.

Research stays of German students and scientists at Russian universities and research organizations are fully financed by DAAD according to DAAD norms.

Regulations for Financial Support for G-RISC mobility grants:


Visit to

Support per month

Per day (for visits up to 22 days)

Graduates from Germany*


950 €*

42 €*

Doctoral students from Germany*


1525 €*

68 €*

Advanced Scientists from Germany (teaching visits): Allowances for accommodation and food*



Moscow: 108 €

St Petersburg: 93 €

All other cities: 72 €

Graduates from Russia


850 €

38 €

Doctoral Students from Russia


1 200 €

54 €

Young Scientists (Post-Docs) from Russia


2 000 €

89 €

Advanced Scientists (Professors or Habilitated Scientists) from Russia (teaching visits)


2 150 €

96 €

Allowance for travel costs for the visits to/from European part of Russian is 425, Asian part of Russia – 800 .


3. Research facilities at SPBU:

At St. Petersburg University visits are possible on the basis of the following research units:

Institute of Chemistry

Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of chemistry:

Prof. Alina A. Manshina, email -, projects on laser synthesis of hybrid metal/carbon nanostructures for nanooptics, electrocatalysis, sensing technologies are in priority.

Prof. Oleg V. Levin, email -, projects on synthesis and electrochemical testing of organic redox-active materials are in priority.

Prof. Boris A. Noskov, email -, projects on aggregates of biomacromolecules (proteins, DNA and their complexes with amphiphilic substances) at liquid/fluid interfaces are in priority.

Prof. Regina M. Islamova, email -, projects on macromolecular compounds, metal complex catalysis in polymer chemistry, synthesis and properties of macromolecules, polysiloxanes. are in priority.

Assoc. Prof. Elena V. Grachova, email -, projects on coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, transition metal complexes, mixed-metal compounds, nano-scale molecular assemblies, supramolecular ensembles, hybrid nanostructures and luminescence are in priority.

Prof. Tatiana Tennikova, email -, projects on polymer chemistry, bio organic chemistry, drug delivery systems are in priority.

Prof. Alexey Y. Timoshkin, email -, projects in priority: 1) Mixed main group compounds of p block elements 2) Lewis acidity scales of Lewis acids and superacids 3) Donor-acceptor interactions 4) Main group amidoboranes.

Prof. Peter M. Tolstoy, email, projects in priority: non-covalent interactions, NMR, hydrogen bonds, halogen bonds, acid-base complexes.

Prof. Konstantin N. Mikhelson, email, projects on electrochemical sensors are in priority.

Prof. Dmitry O. Kirsanov, email, projects in priority: Chemometrics in analytical chemistry; chemical sensors; sensor arrays; "electronic tongue" multisensor systems; biomedical analytical chemistry.

Stanislav Kalinin, PhD student, Researcher, email, projects on medicinal chemistry are in priority.

Faculty of Physics

Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Control Processes

Academics willing to host students and researchers in the area of mathematics and mechanics:

Prof. Elena V. Kustova, email -, projects on fundamental theoretical and experimental studies in non-equilibrium gas dynamics are in priority.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute of Earth Sciences

3.1. Research Park

The outstanding intellectual and academic environment of the oldest Russian university serves the basis for the 26 resource centres that are now an integral part of the SPbU Research Park. The centres employ the experience, knowledge and research achievements of the previous generations. Each center covers a research area related to one of the four priority spheres which define the common strategy of the University's research.

SPbU resource centres target the following priority spheres:

  • Nanotechnology and Materials Science
  • Biomedicine and Human Health
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Ecology and Nature Management

More information about resource centers in each sphere is available at


4. Welcome to St. Petersburg

This page provides information on:

Living Expenses

(the following table is intended to be only a guide)


Price (in roubles)

Accommodation in St. Petersburg, per night


Food, per month


Dinner in a restaurant or café


Cup of coffee in a café


Cinema ticket


Theatre ticket


Bus / Subway ticket

Better get a travel card with discounts

50 / 55


Researchers coming for short-term visits might stay at the hotels in St. Petersburg or Peterhof.

Temporary accommodation

Halls of residence

  • SPbU Campus offers 21 halls of residence, including 12 located in Petrodvortsovy District of St Petersburg.

    • All accommodation is furnished for living and studying; the halls have laundry facilities, cafes, canteens, shops, gyms and fitness facilities, and ATMs. All rooms have Internet access. The cost of accommodation can range from 1,120 roubles a month to 500 roubles per night, if places are available.

More information is available at the link

Bank card

The scholarship is transferred to the bank card, which is issued for students and academics in Russia.

It is possible to pay by debit card in most shops and restaurants. Please bring the following documents to get the card:

  • your passport
  • the registration form issued by SPbU (if you stay at the dorm) or by the hotel
  • the migration card

Visa and Registration

To enter Russia for any purpose, most non-Russian citizens must be holders of a valid passport and valid Russian entry visa issued by a local Russian Embassy or Consulate.

To get a Russian visa, you will get an invitation letter from SPbU and then you need to apply to the Consulate / Visa Center for a humanitarian visa.

Please, check further details about visa here.

Upon arrival all foreign citizens must get a registration. It can be issued by the hotel or SPBU Visa Department, if you stay at the dormitory.

More information about life in St. Petersburg is available in SPB Guide here.


5. Contacts

Please use the following contact details to request information and send anу inquiry regarding the project at SPBU: Email:; phone +7 (812) 324-08-88 (academic mobility) or +7 (812) 428-43-14 (student mobility, conference).