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Eiffel Scholarships for International Students in France, 2019

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs offers Eiffel scholarships for international students annually. These opportunities 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.

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The Eiffel Excellence 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.

Description:

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2019
  • Course Level: French higher education institutions nominating candidates for the Eiffel Program commit to enrol them:
    – in a master’s degree program;
    – in an engineering program;
    – or in a PhD program in a cotutelle or joint doctoral thesis supervision, in partnership with a foreign higher education institution.
  • Study Subject: Eiffel opportunities are available in four main fields:
    – Law studies;
    – Economics and management;
    – Engineering sciences at master’s level, Science in a broad sense at PhD level
    (engineering sciences; 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); – Political sciences
  • Award: 5.1. Master’s level
    The Eiffel scholarship consist of a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150). In addition, the following benefits are covered:
    – International transport2
    : a round-trip international ticket Country of origin – France;
    – National transport: a train ticket to the first study location; a train ticket from the last study location to the airport for the return to the country of origin;
    – Local transport: reimbursement of up to a maximum of €50 of the trip between the airport or train station and the first study location (taxi or public transport);
    – Health insurance by Campus France, for the time needed to register to French Social Security, for students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA);
    – Mutual health insurance (mutuelle);
    – Cultural activities.
    Subject to certain conditions, students may also benefit from a housing allowance, within the 3 months following signature of the housing contract.
    5.2. PhD level
    The Eiffel award includes a monthly allowance of €1,400. In addition, the following benefits are covered
    – International transport: a round-trip international ticket Country of origin – France;
    – National transport: a train ticket to the first study location; a train ticket from the last study location to the airport for the return to the country of origin;
    – Local transport: reimbursement of up to a maximum of €50 of the trip between the airport or train station and the first study location (taxi or public transport);
    – Health insurance by Campus France, for the time needed to register to French Social Security, for students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA);
    – Mutual health insurance (mutuelle);
    – Cultural activities.
    Subject to certain conditions, students may also benefit from a housing allowance, within the 3 months following signature of the housing contract.
  • Number of Awards: Not Known
  • Nationality: International students (except French students)
  • The award can be taken in France

Eligibility::

  • Eligible Countries: International students (except French students) are eligible to apply for these endowments.
  • Entrance Requirements: Nationality: this program is reserved for non-French nationals. Candidates with two nationalities, one of which is French, are not eligible.
    – Age: for master’s level, candidates must be no older than 30 on the date of the 2019 Campaign, that is, students born after March 1988. At PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the 2019 Campaign, that is, students born after March 1983.
    Origin of applications: only applications submitted by French educational institutions are accepted. These institutions commit to enrolling scholarship holders on the academic program for which they have been selected. Applications submitted by any other means shall not be considered. Furthermore, any candidate nominated by more than one institution shall be disqualified.
    Levels of study: opportunities are granted to candidates wishing to enrol on a master’s program, including at an engineering school, and for PhD students. The Eiffel Program does not apply to French-run master’s programs abroad.
    award incompatibilities: foreign students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded a French government award from another Program, are not eligible, even if the program only covers health insurance
    Eiffel master’s scholarship: no application will be accepted for any student already rejected at an earlier application campaign, even if the application is submitted by a different institution 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.
    Eiffel PhD scholarship: Institutions 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 during their PhD cannot be awarded a funding for a second time. No application will be accepted for any student already rejected at an earlier application campaign, even if the application is submitted by a different institution or in another field of study.
    Language skills: when pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, institutions must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of its academic program. Students studying at an academic program abroad have priority over those already living in France.
  • 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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Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

  • Only applications submitted by French higher education institutions are accepted.
    • You are an institution and you have already participated in the Eiffel program => You should have received an email concerning the download of application files. If that is not the case, 
    • You are an institution participating for the first time in the Eiffel Program 
    • You are a student interested in participating in the Eiffel program

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