The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme in January 1999 as a tool to support French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs.
The programme helps to train future foreign policy makers, from the private and public sectors, in education priority areas, and encourage applications from students from developing, emerging and industrialized countries to obtain a master’s and a doctorate in relevant courses.
The Eiffel excellence program offers two components: (1) A Master component which helps fund a master level degree course from 12 to 36 months and (2) A Ph.D. component to fund mobility programs for 10 months under a thesis joint supervision or co-tutorship (preferably for the second doctoral year).
The scholarships are aimed at overseas students whose talents and abilities have been recognized by French higher education establishments wishing to attract them to pursue their studies. Only foreign nationals are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the French Government.
The following are eligible:
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT France)
All centres of higher education, including universities and academic institutions, in France
Field(s) of Study
The programme focuses on three key subject areas of sciences, economics and management, law and political science. The areas of study concerned by the Eiffel scholarships are:
Master level courses: Maximum duration of 12 months when registering for M2, a maximum of 24 months when registering for M1 and maximum duration of 36 months when registering for an engineering science diploma.
PhD level courses: Maximum duration of 10 months. No language classes are offered for scientific and economic disciplines.
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.
Master courses: Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly grant allowance of 1,181 Euros. In addition, various expenses including return travel, health insurance and cultural activities are covered. Scholarship-holders may also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance.
PhD courses: Eiffel PhD scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance of 1,400 Euros (current applicable rate) with additional allowances for one international return trip (only one return trip will be reimbursed for law and political science students who undertake several stays in France), health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders may also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance.
See the complete information on what is included in the scholarship.
Method of Application
EIFFEL scholarship applications are submitted by French Higher Education Institutions. Applications are not accepted from students themselves, or from non-French institutions. French higher education establishments shortlists the best overseas students whom they wish to enroll in their courses for Eiffel scholarships. You must meet the admission requirements of the French Institution in order to be considered.
So to apply for the scholarship, you need to apply to a French higher institution and indicate that you wish to be nominated for the scholarship. You must read the 2017 Eiffel Program Guide and also visit the official website (link to it is found below) to access the Online Application Form and other detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Applications opened on October 10th 2016, and will close on 6th January 2017. Application deadline to participating French Institutions may be earlier than this. It is advisable to apply to the school of your choice earlier than the stated deadline so that they can include you in their nomination.
Only foreign nationals are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the French Government. In the case of dual nationality applicants, those with French nationality are ineligible.
Applications from students currently studying outside France will be given priority over those from students already studying in France.
Application Deadline: 6 January 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes