2015/2016 French Government Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme for Foreign students to study in France

Application Deadline: January 9th, 2015

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.

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 has two branches:-
  • A master’s branch, which funds master’s courses lasting between 12 and 36 months;
  • A PhD branch, which offers funding for PhD students to spend ten months in France, through joint supervision or dual enrolment (preferably in the second year of their PhD)
Areas of study
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

Levels of study
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

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Eligibility Requirements:
  • 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, i.e. born after 11/03/1984; at PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting, i.e. born after 11/03/1979
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.

Scholarship Benefits:

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.
For both master’s and PhD levels
In order to receive the first instalment of the monthly allowance, scholarship holders must have started their course of studies at the host establishment in France. Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Programme.
Timeline:
  • Application forms available online: week starting 20 October 2014.
  • Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France: 9 January 2015.
  • Announcement of results: week starting 23 March 2015

Download the Application Guide for the 2014 Effiel Excellence Scholarship

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme

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