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GDF SUEZ / MFA Scholarships for Students of Brazil, Chile, China and India in France, 2013/2014

Under the “QUAI D’ORSAY / Enterprises” scheme, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the GDF SUEZ Group has decided to create a program with Ecole Polytechnique for high-level foreign students to study in France. For the 2013/2014 academic year, five opportunities are granted for the students of Brazil, Chile, China and India to pursue a one year master’s program. The bursaries are available in three specializations, i.e. Master REST: Renewable Energy Science & Technology (in English), Master WAPE: Water, Air, Pollution & Energy at local & regional scales (in English) and Master COMASIC, Master Conception & Management de systèmes informatiques complexes (in French). To avail this opportunity, applicants must submit their applications by February 15, 2013 before sending their application to the French Embassy.

Study Subject(s): Scholarship are awarded for one year of studies in France in the second year of a Master’s program (M2) at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris in the following specializations:
-Master REST: Renewable Energy Science & Technology (in English)
-Master WAPE: Water, Air, Pollution & Energy at local & regional scales (in English)
Master COMASIC, Master Conception & Management de systèmes informatiques complexes (in French).
Course Level: This scholarship is available for pursuing second year of a Master’s program (M2).
Scholarship Provider: The study opportunities are cofinanced by GDF SUEZ and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Award can be taken at: France

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Eligibility: Applicants are eligible for this application program if:
-they are a national of India, Brazil, Chile, and China;
-they apply to the course(s) proposed according to your home country: India: Master Design & Management of complex computerized systems, Brazil: Master Design & Management of complex computerized systems and Master Water, Air, Pollution & Energy at local and regional scales, Chile: Master Renewable Energy Science & Technology and China: Master Renewable Energy Science & Technology
-they are no more than 28 years of age in the year in which you are selected;
-they are not already benefiting from a scholarship from the French government or from another company;
-they do not have a previous commitment with another company at the time of your arrival in France, such as company grant, an open-ended employment contract, an apprenticeship contract, etc.;
-they are a student in your country of origin and have at least completed 4 years of undergraduate studies in Science or Engineering;
-they show an interest in the GDF SUEZ Group.

Open for International Students: Only candidates with the nationality of Brazil, Chile, China and India can apply for the opportunity .

Description:  The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the GDF SUEZ Group have decided to create a program with Ecole Polytechnique for high-level foreign students to study in France. They are pleased to reconduct this program for the academic year 2013-2014. The program, which comes under the “QUAI D’ORSAY / ENTREPRISES” scheme operated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a public-private partnership designed to provide optimal conditions for student life in France, including a personalized welcome and learning environment. Applicants are selected jointly by the MFA, GDF SUEZ and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. The program, which is cofinanced by GDF SUEZ and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 2013/2014 academic year, is intended for students from Brazil, Chile, China and India who are currently enrolled at university in their home countries. Only candidates with the nationality of these four countries are eligible for the program.

Number of award(s): For the 2013/2014 academic year, 5 financial aid positions will be awarded.

Duration of award(s): The bursaries are awarded for one year of studies in France.

What does it cover? Under the program cofinanced by GDF SUEZ /MFA, student will receive:
-from GDF SUEZ:
-a single flat-rate scholarship of €13,000 inclusive of tuition fees, welcome and administrative costs, tutorials and French language courses, for which the corresponding amount (3 000€) will be deducted by the Ecole Polytechnique; the remaining 10 000€ will be transferred to you following a twelve month schedule of payments;
-an internship assignment offer within a GDF SUEZ entity. An additional stipend may be offered depending on the entity of appointment;
-career guidance support at the end of your stay in France;
-Depending on the recruitment needs of its business lines and your performance, GDF SUEZ could offer you a career opportunity, provided you obtain your degree from Ecole Polytechnique and a referral for recruitment from the course supervisor and the Human Resources Officer of the host entity in France, at the end of the program program.
-from the MFA and with funding from the French Embassy:
-social, medical, and civil liability insurance cover that will give you the status of French government award student and related advantages, including simplified visa applications, access to cultural activities at an attractive price;
-intensive French-language courses, if needed, before leaving for France, provided by the Alliances françaises network in your country of origin.
-From Ecole Polytechnique: support before your departure and during your stay in France, including preparation for arrival in France, possibility to attend intensive French language courses in France during the summer before the beginning of the scientific courses, assistance in obtaining a residence permit, reservation of an accommodation on the campus.

Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria are taken into account:
-excellence of the applicant, as reflected by his/her previous university experience;
-the applicant’s career goals;
-strong interest in working in an energy & environmental professions;
-willingness to contribute to the development of your zone or country of origin;
-the applicant’s level of French and English;
-the applicant’s degree of autonomy, adaptability, intellectual curiosity, and team spirit.

Notification: -If the application applicants sent to the Embassy is acceptable, the French Embassy in their country of origin will send them a notification to attend an interview on the day the Selection Committee of the program program co financed by GDF SUEZ / MFA is scheduled to meet. Between the 15th and the 26th of APRIL 2013, the Committee for the preselection of applicants for a support will be convened in their country of origin under the authority of the French Embassy. The committee will gather at least one representative of the Embassy’s Cooperation and Cultural Action Service (SCAC) and one representative of the GDF SUEZ Group subsidiary in their country of origin.
-Selected applications will be sent to Paris electronically by the French Embassies in the countries concerned no later than APRIL 29th 2013.
-On APRIL 30th 2013, on the proposal of the preselection Committee in your country of origin, the final list of selected applicants will be drawn up by consultation between GDF SUEZ, the MFA, and Ecole Polytechnique.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit their application for admission in a Master’s program at Ecole Polytechnique before sending their application to the French Embassy.

Application Deadline: Before sending application to the French Embassy of their home country by March 15, 2013, applicants must submit their application for a Master’s program at Ecole Polytechnique by February 15, 2013.

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