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Eiffel Scholarship Program


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.

Masters Level

● The Eiffel scholarship is granted to cover a predefined number of months in order to help the recipient follow the academic program for which his/her application has been granted. Apart from language training, the scholarship shall not exceed 12 months for a Master’s 2 level, 24 months for a Master’s level 1, and 36 months for an engineering degree.

● Should the student wish to take an intensive language course beforehand, the Eiffel scholarship duration can be extended by a maximum of two months, if this is clearly indicated in the application. The Eiffel scholarship does not cover the cost of such language courses.

● The scholarship may cover internship periods of no more than 25% of the total duration of the master program. The internship period must be an integral part of the course and be referred as mandatory in the higher education institution curriculum. If the internship is not mandatory or exceeds the 25% of the master duration, the scholarship will be interrupted.

● The academic program is only covered by the Eiffel scholarship for periods taking place in France. If the academic program includes an international academic exchange, in a different institution, the scholarship shall be suspended for a period spent abroad, with deferral of the scholarship.

● If the academic program includes an international academic exchange in the same institution, the scholarship shall be suspended during the period spent abroad, without deferral of the scholarship.

● Gap years are allowed, but not financed. If the student signs an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract, the scholarship shall be automatically terminated.

PhD level

● The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 12 months.

● Only law students can take French language courses alongside their studies. This must be clearly requested by the Institution in the application.

● If the language course is not clearly requested in the application, it will not be granted afterwards. The Eiffel scholarship does not cover the cost of such language courses.

● With the approval of the Selection Commission, the scholarship can be divided into 2 or 3 periods in France of 3 or 4 months each. The scholarship can be divided over a maximum of 3 calendar years.

● The Scholarship covers one round-trip international ticket.

Scholarship benefits

● Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Program. Educational institutions are expected to provide students the best financial support..

● Students admitted to public educational institutions are, as French government scholarship holders, exempted from enrolment fees.

● Students may also benefit from a housing allowance.

● Master’s level : Eiff The Eiffel scholarship consist of a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150). In addition, the program covers various benefits including a round-trip international ticket, Health insurance and cultural activities.

● PhD level : The Eiffel scholarship includes a monthly allowance of €1,400. In addition, the program covers various benefits including a round-trip international ticket, Health insurance and cultural activities.

How to apply

The eligible fields of study are:

1. Economics and Management

2. Engineering (Master level)

3. Sciences in a broader sense (PhD level)

4. Law

5. Political Sciences

The EIFFEL scholarship offers grants to foreign students. Only French higher education institutions can preselect candidates and send an online application on their behalf on the Campus France website.

1. You may contact the International Relations department of the university/school through their website, by email or phone, to know the deadline for the submission of applications.

2. You may contact the French embassy or Campus France office of your home country. You have to choose by yourself the French institution according to your project of study. Any French higher education institution can apply.

3. Your French university/school has to decide to support your application to the Eiffel scholarship. They will send you the application form and help you fill it out.

4. Finally, they will send the application on your behalf. Applications submitted directly by students or by foreign educational institutions will be rejected.


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