The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programs.
It gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applicants up to 30 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 35 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.
Eiffel Scholarship program of excellence, France is available to undertake Masters, PhD level programs at France Universities.
Master’s degree programme, in an Engineering programme, or
in a PhD programme (in a cotutelle or joint doctoral thesis supervision, in
partnership with a foreign higher education institution) in four major
• 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
• political sciences
Scholarship is open for international students.
For Master’s level studies, the Eiffel scholarship
includes a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a
monthly stipend of €150) and can be awarded for 12-36 months. For PhD
level studies, the Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,400
and is awarded for a maximum of 12 months.
In addition, the programme meets various expenses including
international return trip, national and local transport, health insurance, and
cultural activities. Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing
allowance, under certain conditions.
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 level, candidates must be
not older than 30 on the date of the 2020 Call of Applications, that is,
students born after March 1989. At PhD level, candidates must be not
older than 35 on the date of the 2020 Call of Applications, that is, students
born after March 1984.
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. 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.
For Eiffel Master Scholarship: 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.
For Eiffel PhD Scholarship: 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.
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.
undertaking a course of study abroad take priority over those already living in
Applications are NOT accepted from students directly.
Applications for EIFFEL scholarships are submitted by French Higher Education
Institutions. You must apply and meet the requirements of the French
Higher Education Institution in order to be considered for the scholarship.
The deadline for applications to Campus France is 9 January
2020. Application deadline to participating French Institutions is earlier
and falls around November-December 2019.
It is important to read the Eiffel Programme Guide and visit the
official website (link found below) to access the online application form and
for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.