Eiffel Scholarships in France for International Students
The Eiffel France Scholarships are for international students wishing to study in France. The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries, to attract elite overseas students on master’s, engineering and doctoral courses. It aims to attract outstanding international students identified by French institutions of higher education.
Fields of study
The areas of study concerned by the Eiffel scholarships are:
- engineering sciences at the master’s level;
- sciences in a broader sense at the doctoral level;
- engineering sciences;
- economics and management;
- law and political sciences; and
- exact sciences:
- chemistry and life sciences;
- nano- and bio-technology;
- earth and environmental sciences; and
- information and communication sciences and technology.
The Eiffel France Scholarships are for excellent international students from any country.
French higher education establishments shortlist the best overseas students whom they wish to enrol in their courses for Eiffel scholarships.
You are eligible for a scholarship if you are enrolled in a course awarding a master’s degree or in colleges awarding an engineering science diploma or a doctoral course as part of a jointly tutored or jointly supervised thesis with a foreign higher education establishment partner.
Applicants for master’s courses must be 30 years of age or younger at the deadline date for the selection committee (normally in March) must be 35 years of age or younger for doctoral programmes.
Value of the Award
NB: The Eiffel programme does not cover tuition fees, though the higher education centres concerned are invited to apply the best possible financial conditions to Eiffel scholarship-holders.
Enrolment fees at state-run higher education centres are waived for students on French government scholarship programmes such as this.
Eiffel scholarship-holders on master’s courses receive an allowance of €1,181. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.
Eiffel scholarship-holders on doctoral-level courses receive an allowance of €1,400. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return travel (single return trip for law and political science students on multiple stays), health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.
Applications are not accepted from students themselves, or from non-French institutions. Applications for Eiffel scholarships are submitted by French Higher Education Institutions. You must meet the requirements of the French Institution in order to be considered for the scholarship.
Deadline for Submissions
The deadline for applications is normally in early January.
NB: Application deadline to participating French Institutions may be earlier than this.
It is important to read the Eiffel Programme Guide and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the official website.
Official Scholarship Website