Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
Course(s) Available: Sciences, Econs & Mgt, Law & Political science
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD)
Country to Study in: France
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme in January 1999 as a means to support French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs.
The programme aims to train future foreign policy makers, from the private and public sectors, in education priority areas, and require applications from students from developing, emerging and industrialized countries to get a master’s and a doctorate in relevant courses.
The Eiffel excellence program has two components: (1) A Master component which assist fund a master level degree course from 12 to 36 months and (2) A Ph.D. component to fund mobility programs for 10 months via a thesis joint supervision or co-tutorship (preferably for the second doctoral year).
The scholarships are targeted at overseas students whose talents and abilities have been recognized by French higher education establishments wanting to attract them to pursue their studies. Only foreign nationals are qualified to apply for a scholarship from the French Government.
The following are qualified:
- Nationality:This program is for candidates of foreign nationality. In the case of dual nationality applicants, those with French nationality are not qualified.
- Age:for programs resulting in a master’s degree level, applicants must be at most 30 years old at the date of the selection committee; for PhD applicants, candidates must be aged at most 35 years old on the date of the selection committee.
- Origin of applications:Only applications sent by the French institutions are admissible.
- The training involved:Qualified candidates are likely to incorporate a training course of master level attested by a diploma, including engineering school, and PhD candidates. The French trainings relocated abroad are not affected, fellows, non doctoral, having to perform at least 75% of their studies in France.
- Concurrent scholarships:Foreign students already recipients of a scholarship from the French government for another program at the time of filing the application are not qualified even if it is a scholarship that supports social coverage.
- For Eiffel Doctoral Scholarship:an applicant who has already gotten an Eiffel scholarship under his PhD may not represent his candidacy again.
- For Eiffel Master Scholarship:a candidate whose folder was not chosen may not represent its application in the following years, even if they change their field of study.
- Language level:institutions that screen non-francophone candidates must n be sure that their language level is in line with the level needed by the training course.
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT France)
All centres of higher education, including universities and academic institutions, in France
Field(s) of Study
The programme targets three key subject areas of sciences, economics and management, law and political science. The areas of study concerned by the Eiffel scholarships are:
- Sciences:Masters level (engineering sciences), PhD level (sciences in a broader sense — engineering sciences, exact sciences Eg. mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano- and bio-technology, earth and environmental sciences and information and communication sciences and technology)
- Economics and Management
- Law and Political sciences
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 get a monthly grant allowance of 1,181 Euros. In addition, various expenses including return travel, health insurance and cultural activities are taken care of. Scholarship-holders may also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance.
PhD courses: Eiffel PhD scholarship-holders get a monthly allowance of 1,400 Euros (current applicable rate) with additional allowances for one international return trip. That is 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 get 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 want to enroll in their courses for Eiffel scholarships. You must meet the admission requisites of the French Institution in order to be considered.
So to apply for the scholarship, you have to apply to a French higher institution and indicate that you want 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 commenced 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 slated deadline so that they can include you in their nomination.
Only foreign nationals are qualified 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