Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme 2018, France

Publish Date: Oct 27, 2017

Deadline: Jan 12, 2018

Eiffel scholarships

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enrol in their master’s and PhD courses.

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.

Calendar Session 2018

  • Opening of the call for applications: Week of October 16th, 2018
  • Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France : January 12th, 2018
  • Announcement of results: Week of March 26th, 2018

Campus France, the French agency promoting French higher education, reception of foreign students and international mobility, is responsible for managing and monitoring your study stay in France. In order to become familiar with your rights and obligations, we invite you to review the practical details that follow. Feel free to contact Campus France if you need further information. When contacting the Agency, make sure to have your file number with you. 

Duration of Eiffel scholarship

Master’s course:

  • The Eiffel scholarship is granted to cover a set number of months in order to help the recipient follow the course for which his/her application has been agreed. Students will have to meet the academic obligations for each academic year of the course to continue to benefit from the initial scholarship.
  • Excluding language training, the scholarship may not exceed 12 months for a Master’s 2 course, 24 months for a Master’s 1 course and 36 months for an engineering degree course.
  • If the recipient follows a preliminary language training course he/she may receive his/her allowance during this training, for a maximum duration of two months. The cost of the training shall not be covered.
  • Optional trainings are not covered. Recipients may continue to benefit from their scholarship for a training period or an internship outside of their host university equivalent to 25% of the duration of their training period, to the condition that the aforementioned training or internship is part of the curriculum prepared.
  • If the course offers an international academic exchange, payment of the scholarship will be suspended for the period spent abroad, with no postponement being possible.
  • If an Eiffel recipient would carry out his/her training in an apprenticeship course with dual training in a company supported by a contract providing for a wage, the benefit from the Eiffel scholarship will be terminated at the start of the training.

PhD course:

  • Eiffel scholarships are granted for a period of up to ten months.
  • A language training taken during the main higher education course is available for law and political science courses on request from the French host centre. It is not available for science and economics courses.
  • Split stay: If approved by the selection commission, law students may split the ten months into a maximum of three stays lasting three to four months, over a maximum of three years, with students returning to their countries of origin between sessions. Only one round trip will be supported.

In order to receive the first payment of the scholarship, the recipient must begin his studies in his host university in France.

Higher education institutions are asked to immediately inform Campus France of any relevant event that may delay graduation.

Amount of the Eiffel scholarship

  • The Eiffel programme does not cover tuition fees. Higher education centres are asked to apply the best possible financial conditions to Eiffel scholarship recipients.
  • Tuition fees at higher education centres directly monitored by the French Ministry of Education are waived for students benefitting from French government scholarship programmes.
  • Master’s courses : Eiffel scholarship recipients benefit from an allowance of 1,181 EUR (1,031 EUR of maintenance allowance plus 150 EUR of monthly compensation). In addition, the programme covers various expenses including a return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Recipients may also be eligible for housing allowance.
  • PhD courses: Eiffel scholarship recipients receive an allowance of 1,400 EUR. In addition, the programme covers various expenses including a return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Recipients may also be eligible for housing allowance.
  • Payment conditions: The scholarship is paid monthly by bank transfer on a French account opened by the recipient at the start of the course. Bank account details (IBAN, SWIFT) must be transferred to Campus France.


Coverage under students’ health insurance scheme:

  • If the student meets the following conditions:
    • under the age of 28 on October 1st of the current academic year; and
    • registered in a higher education institution approved by the health insurance system. 
  • Then the student must register to the health insurance plan specifically designed for students; the student will be exempt from paying health insurance contributions due to his/her status of French Government scholarship recipient.
  • In addition, it is mandatory to register in a students' mutual insurance plan. Campus France will refund up to 264 EUR upon presentation of payment receipt of the contribution for the year in progress.

Coverage by Campus France:

  • If the student does not meet the conditions to register in the student’s health insurance plan, he/she will be covered directly by Campus France, which will provide all information needed regarding social risk insurance scheme and on process to follow in the event of an illness. Campus France's health insurance cover is strictly personal and does not extend to the student's family.

In the event of hospitalization:

  • In accordance with the circular of the Minsitry of Education NOR: MENS1509669C, # 2015-101, appendix 4, section 2.2 of the 9th of June 2015 regarding the granting conditions of higher education scholarships based on social criteria and of financial support to international mobility for the year 2015-1016: "When a student, holder of a higher education scholarships based on social criteria must hold his students during the academic year for life-threatening medical reasons (medical treatment, hospitalisation), he/she must inform the scholarship management services and send them all necessary proof. In such cases, holding the studies doesn't forfeit the payment of the scholarship during the concerned period."

Campus France - Programme Eiffel
28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
75010 Paris

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