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.
Application Deadline: January 8th, 2016
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).
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.
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 Duration of the scholarship
The scholarship is awarded for:
a maximum of 12 months for entry at M2 level,
a maximum of 24 months for entry at M1 level,
a maximum of 36 months for an engineering degree
The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for a maximum of ten months.
For scientific and economic disciplines, no language course is provided for and the scholarship duration cannot be divided up.
For law students, the ten-month scholarship can, with the consent of the selection committee, be split into two or three stays in France, of three or four months each.
These stays must take place over a maximum of three calendar years.
Only law students have the option of taking French lessons alongside their studies.
This must be clearly requested in the application.
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;
Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain
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;
Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain conditions.
Opening of the call for applications: October 15th, 2015
Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France : January 8th, 2016
Announcement of results: Week of March 21th, 2016