Eiffel Scholarships in France for International Students

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 9 Jan 2015 (annual)
Study in:  France
Course starts AY 2015-2016

Brief description:

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.

Host Institution(s):

French Universities and Academic Institutions

Field(s) of study:

The three major areas of study covered by the Eiffel program are engineering science at master’s level (science in the broadest sense at PhD level) , economics and management and law and political science.

Target group:

All International students

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Eiffel scholarship-holders on Master’s courses receive a monthly allowance of €1,181 (€1,031 of maintenance allowance and €150 of monthly compensation). Eiffel scholarship-holders on PhD courses receive a monthly allowance of €1,400.

In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return trip, social security cover, and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance under certain conditions.

Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Programme.


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, i.e. born after 11/03/1984; at PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting, i.e. born after 11/03/1979.

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.

For Eiffel Doctoral Scholarship: 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.

For Eiffel Master Scholarship:  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 level: When pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

Applications are not accepted from students directly. Applications for EIFFEL scholarships are submitted by French Higher Education Institutions. You must apply and meet the requirements of the French Higher Education Institution in order to be considered for the scholarship.  The next deadline for applications is 9 January 2015. Application deadline to participating French Institutions is earlier than this.

It is important to 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:  http://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel

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