Eiffel Scholarships for International Students in France, 2017-2018

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs offers Eiffel scholarships for international students annually. These scholarships are awarded for pursuing a master degree at French host higher education institutions and a PhD through a thesis joint supervision or co-tutorship with a foreign higher education institution partner.

It helps to shape the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enrol in their master’s and PhD courses.

When pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

Course Level: French higher education establishments nominating candidates for the Eiffel Programme undertake to enrol them: – either in a master’s degree course; – or in a PhD programme, under joint supervision or dual enrolment, in partnership with a foreign higher education establishment.

Study Subject(s): Eiffel scholarships are available in three main fields:

  • Engineering science at master’s level, science in the broadest sense at PhD level (engineering science; exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano- and biotechnology, earth sciences, sciences of the universe, environmental sciences, information and communication science and technology);
  • Economics and management;
  • Law and political sciences.

Scholarship Award: 

Master’s level: The Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150). In addition, the following expenses are directly covered:

  • One international return journey;
  • Social security cover;
  • Cultural activities
  • Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain conditions.

PhD level: The Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,400. In addition, the following expenses are directly covered:

  • One international return journey (for students in law or political sciences who may make several trips, only one return journey shall be covered); –
  • Social security cover;
  • Cultural activities
  • Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain conditions.

Scholarship can be taken in France

Eligibility:

  • Nationality: this programme is reserved for candidates of non-French nationality. Candidates with two nationalities, one of which is French, are not eligible.
  • Age: for master’s courses, candidates must be no older than 30 on the date of the selection committee meeting, 6th of March 2017; at PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting, 6th of March 2017.
  • Origin of applications: only applications submitted by French educational establishments are accepted. These establishments undertake to enrol scholarship holders on the course for which they have been selected. Applications submitted by any other means shall not be considered. Furthermore, any candidate nominated by more than one establishment shall be disqualified.
  • Courses of study: scholarships are for students wishing to enrol on a master’s course, including at an engineering school, and for PhD students. The Eiffel Programme does not apply to French-run master’s courses abroad, as non-PhD scholarship holders must complete at least 75% of their course in France. It does not apply to training under an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract either
  • Combination with other scholarships: foreign students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded a French government scholarship under another programme are not eligible, even if the scholarship in question does not include social security cover.
  • Eiffel PhD scholarships: Establishments may nominate a candidate who was previously awarded an Eiffel scholarship at master’s level for a scholarship at PhD level. Candidates who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship once during their PhD cannot be awarded it for a second time. No application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study.
  • Eiffel master’s scholarships: no application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study. Students who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship at master’s level are not eligible to re-apply at master’s level.
  • Language skills: when pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

Nationality: International students (except French students) are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have their previous degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: When pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

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How to Apply:

  • French higher education establishments pre-select candidates for the Eiffel Programme from among the foreign students to whom they have offered a place on a course of study.
  •  The establishments complete and submit applications for these candidates online.1 They must make sure that the applications fulfil the Programme criteria. The total length of the course and any compulsory work placements in France 1 There is a different application form for each branch of the Programme. Page 5 of 6 or abroad must be clearly mentioned in the application. Each establishment can nominate no more than 40 candidates per field of study for a master’s scholarship. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • The establishments must send to Campus France, by 6 January 2017, by recorded post with acknowledgement of receipt, a list of the applications submitted online. This document must bear the establishment’s stamp and the signature of the head of the establishment (university president or principal), or his or her representative.

Application Deadline: Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France is January 6, 2017.

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