The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enrol in their master’s and PhD courses.
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.
Eiffel Scholarship Field(s) of Study & Duration.
The four major fields of studies covered by Eiffel scholarships are:
- economics and management;
- engineering sciences at Masters’ level, sciences in the broad sense for the Doctorate/PhD level (engineering science; exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano and biotechnologies, Earth, space and environmental sciences, information sciences and technologies and communication);
- political sciences.
Eiffel Scholarship Benefits.
Masters’level: Eiffel scholarship recipients benefit from a monthly allowance of 1,181 EUR (1,031 EUR of maintenance allowance and 150 EUR of monthly compensation).
PhD level: Eiffel scholarship recipients benefit from a monthly allowance of 1,400 EUR.
In addition, the programme covers various expenses:
- an international travel ticket arrival – repatriation;
- Campus France social security for students over 28 years old, additional health security for students under 28 years old; cultural activities.
- In addition, they may benefit from additional housing allowance under specific conditions.
NB: The Eiffel scholarship does not cover the cost of the course.
Eiffel Scholarship Eligibility.
- Nationality: this program is exclusively for foreign applicants. Binational applicants who are part French are not eligible.
- Age: At Masters’ level, the applicant must be at most 30 years old at the date of the selection committee, i. e. be born the same day or after March 12, 1987.
At PhD level, the applicant must be at most 35 years old at the date of the selection committee, i. e. be born the same day or after March 12, 1982.
- Origin of applications: only applications filed by French institutions are eligible. French institutions guarantee to register scholarship recipients in the training for which they were selected. Applicants filed through other means are not eligible. In addition, an applicant presented by more than one institution will have its application rejected.
- Trainings available: are eligible applicants able to study in a training granting a degree at Masters’ level, including in schools of engineering, and applicants in PhD. Outsourced French trainings abroad are not included in the scheme.
Trainings as part of a contract of apprenticeship or a professionalization contract are not eligible to Eiffel scholarships.
- Multiple scholarships: foreign students who already benefit from a scholarship from the French government as part of a specific program when they file their application are not eligible, even though their scholarship only covers social security.
- Eiffel scholarship (Masters’): the application of a student whose file was rejected during a previous selection is not eligible, even though his/her application is filed by a different institution or in a different field of studies. The application of a student who has already benefitted from an Eiffel scholarship at Masters’ level is not eligible for this same level.
- Eiffel scholarship (PhD): institutions are allowed to present an applicant who already benefitted an Eiffel scholarship at Masters’ level for a PhD level. An applicant who already benefitted from an Eiffel scholarship as part of a PhD is not eligible to an Eiffel scholarship for a second time. The application of a student whose file was rejected during a previous selection for this level of studies is not eligible, even though his/her application is filed by a different institution or in a different field of studies.
- Level of language: institutions drawing a shortlist of non French-speaking applicants must ensure their linguistic level matches the level required for the training.
Students currently studying abroad have priority compared to those already living in France.
How to Apply for Eiffel Scholarship.
Applicants are not expected to apply directly for Eiffel scholarships. Applications are submitted by French higher education institutions.
To be considered for Eiffel scholarships, candidates must apply and meet the requirements of French Higher Education Institutions.
French higher education institutions draw a shortlist of applicants they present to the Eiffel program among the best foreign students they want to host in their training.
The institutions are in charge of completing and filing application files online.
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