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 25 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.
French Universities and Academic Institutions
Level of Study:
Master’s degree program, engineering program, or a joint doctoral program (joint supervision of dissertation and/or dual degree), in partnership with a partner institution abroad.
Field(s) of study:
Two major disciplinary fields concerned by the Eiffel scholarships cover the following 7 fields of study for the Master and Doctorate components:
- • For science and technology: Biology and health; Ecological transition; Mathematics and digital; Science and Engineering
- • For the humanities and social sciences: French history, language and civilization; Law and Political Science; and Economy Management
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For Master’s level studies, the Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,181 and can be awarded for 12-36 months. For PhD level studies, the Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,700 and is awarded for a maximum of 12 months.
In addition, the programme meets various expenses including international air travel, train travel within France, local transportation, health insurance, and cultural activities. Scholarship holders may also receive an additional housing allowance, under certain conditions.
Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Programme. The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs expects the educational institutions, whose international influence is enhanced by this program, make sure students receive the best financial support. Students admitted to public educational institutions are, as French government scholarship holders, exempted from enrolment fees.
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 level, candidates must be 25 years old or less at the time of the 2022 application campaign, that is, they must have been born after 31 March 1996. At PhD level, candidates must be at most 30 years old during the application 2022; that is, they must have been born after 31 March 1991.
Source 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: Eiffel Program scholarships are intended for students seeking to enroll in a master’s-level program in France (including at a school of engineering) and for doctoral candidates. Only programs recognized by the French government are eligible. The Eiffel Program cannot be used at French-run programs abroad or in connection with apprenticeship contracts or professional training contracts
Scholarship conflicts: Applications nominating students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded another French government scholarship will not be accepted, even if the other scholarship covered only health insurance.
Master’s Component: An application nominating a student rejected in a previous competition will not be accepted, even if the application was submitted by a different institution or in another field of study. Students who have previously received an Eiffel master’s scholarship are not eligible to receive another at the master’s level.
Doctoral Component: Institutions may nominate for a doctoral scholarship a candidate previously awarded a scholarship at the master’s level. Candidates previously awarded a doctoral scholarship are not eligible to receive another. An applications nominating a candidate rejected in a previous competition will not be accepted, even if the application was submitted by a different institution or in another field of study.
Language proficiency: When preselecting non-French-speaking candidates, institutions shall ensure that the candidates’ language skills meet the requirements of the academic program.
Geographic location. For the Master’s level, candidates already studying in France are ineligible. For the doctoral level, students enrolled in academic programs abroad have priority over students already in France.
Applications are NOT accepted from students directly. Applications for EIFFEL scholarships are submitted by French Higher Education Institutions.
Therefore, you must apply and meet the requirements of the French Higher Education Institution in order to be considered for the scholarship. Applications sent directly by students or sent by foreign institutions will be declared ineligible. The application deadline to participating French Institutions is earlier and falls around November-December 2021. The deadline for applications to Campus France is 7 January 2022.
It is important to read the 2022 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.
Official Scholarship Website: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel-scholarship-program-of-excellence