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 get both funds for the same sabbatical in Russia or you may use that of MRST for another sabbatical.

Please send your inquiry to


Hamidreza Khodajou-Chokami, Ph.D. student

Duration: Summer 2019

My internship at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech) was a great learning and research experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. My task was design and development of a new methodology for Data Fusion to reconstruct the Unsupervised Augmented Voxel-Based Statistical Anthropomorphic Phantoms at Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering.

I became familiar with segmentation techniques in medical imaging, and deep learning algorithms during my scientific journey. These experiences were not only useful for my Ph.D. project at Sharif University of Technology; it also gave me a firsthand look into how international scientists work and the process of medical data analysis. The close mentoring and assistance from the other researchers, professors, and students at SkolTech was also a highlight of my experience.
Most importantly, the internship has given me a better outlook into what I would want to pursue in the future.


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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