The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development 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.
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme has two branches:
- a master’s branch, which funds master’s courses lasting between 12 and
- a PhD branch, which offers funding for PhD students to spend ten months in
France, through joint supervision or dual enrolment (preferably in the second
year of their PhD).
Duration of the scholarship
The scholarship is awarded for:
- a maximum of 12 months for entry at M2 level,
- a maximum of 24 months for entry at M1 level,
- a maximum of 36 months for an engineering degree.
It is awarded on the condition that the student fulfils the academic requirements of each year of the course. 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
The scholarship can cover a period of internship lasting for no more than 25% of the total duration of the course. The training period has to be an integral part of the course and be referred as mandatory in the brochure of the higher education
establishment. In any non mandatory internship, the scholarship will be interrupted. If the course includes an international academic exchange, the scholarship shall be suspended during the period spent abroad, without any possibility of extension.
If the scholarship holder signs an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract, the scholarship shall be automatically terminated.
- 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 courses, candidates must be no older than 30 on the date of the selection committee meeting, 6th of March 2017; at PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting, 6th of March 2017.
- Origin 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: scholarships are for students wishing to enrol on a master's course, including at an engineering school, and for PhD students. The Eiffel Programme does not apply to French-run master’s courses abroad, as non-PhD scholarship holders must complete at least 75% of their course in France. It does not apply to training under an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract either.
- Combination with other scholarships: foreign students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded a French government scholarship under another programme are not eligible, even if the scholarship in question does not include social security cover.
- Eiffel PhD scholarships: Establishments may nominate a candidate who was previously awarded an Eiffel scholarship at master’s level for a scholarship at PhD level. Candidates who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship once during their PhD cannot be awarded it for a second time. No application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study.
- Eiffel master’s scholarships: no application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study. Students who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship at master’s level are not eligible to re-apply at master’s level.
- Language skills: when pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.
Students undertaking a course of study abroad take priority over those already living in France.
- Application forms available online: week starting 3 October 2016.
- Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France: 6 January 2017.
- Announcement of results: week starting 20 March 2017.
The results are announced in March to allow students who are applying to other scholarship programmes to know whether they have been offered an Eiffel scholarship and to decide where they wish to study. The Eiffel scholarship cannot be held concurrently with either a French government scholarship, an Erasmus + grant or a scholarship from the “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie”. Any selected candidates who find themselves in this position must give up one of the two scholarships. If they decide to give up the Eiffel scholarship, they must inform Campus France, an operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, by letter.
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