The competition is held in topical scientific and educational fields:
Nuclear physics and technologies;
Automation, electronics and nanoelectronics .
The participants compete in individual and team championships, and for special nominations. Winners receive scholarships of the President of Russia, and preferential terms when enrolling in Master's Degree Programmes and Postgraduate studies at leading Russian universities.
The university holds several international academic competitions for university students:
"Nuclear physics and nuclear technologies",
"Rosatom" (10 sections – physics, nuclear power, culture and scientific and technological progress, physical material sciences, physics of the micro and macroworld, plasma physics and lasers, physics of kinetic phenomena, information security, applied molecular physics, and automation, electronics and nanostructural electronics).
Students of relevant subject areas, predominantly 2nd-4th year students, are invited to take part in the competitions.
The competitions are held both at the university and online through the internet portal olympic.mephi.ru.
The competition has been held since 1998 and is organised by MEPhI and Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation with the participation of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Department of Education of Moscow.
The purpose of the competition is to develop the design skills of students in the natural, engineering and mathematical sciences. The competition is held in six sections (physics, mathematics, chemistry, information science, biology, engineering sciences and robotic technology). High school students aged 14 and above are invited to take part in the competition. Over 1500 people take part in the competition annually.
Junior is one of the Russian selection grounds of the international Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) competition; students from 80 countries take part in it. The organising committee and the jury of the competition, in addition to leading scientists of MEPhI, includes Russian Academy of Sciences members, outstanding researchers, teachers and public figures.
The competition is held by MEPhI with the participation of St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI (St. Petersburg), Samara State Aerospace University (Samara), Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (Moscow) and Novosibirsk State Technical University (Nizhny Novgorod).
Subjects – physics, engineering and technology. Competition tasks include elements of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering, theoretical thermodynamics, electrical engineering, electronics, and nuclear technologies.
The goal of the competition is to stimulate young people's interest in studying engineering.
The competition has been organised on instruction from the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. MEPhI is an organiser of the section on nuclear engineering and technologies.
One of the largest mathematics olympiads in Russia. It has been held since 2009 among high school graduates and number of participants exceed 500.
The competition held by MEPhI jointly with Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. High school students aged 12 and above are invited to take part. Subjects – mathematics and physics.
Annually, over 14,000 students take part in the Rosatom competition. The purpose of the competition is to find prospective students for technical fields. In the top 5 of the best physics and mathematics competitions in the country.