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Sciences, Economics and Management, Law and Political Science
Master and PhD level
French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
The Eiffel France Scholarships are for international students wishing to study in France. The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives. Focusing on three key subject areas of sciences, economics and management, law and political science, its primary aim is to offer scholarships in French higher education establishments to future public and private sector decision-makers in foreign countries. It also seeks to encourage applicants from developing countries, particularly in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the new EU Member States, although this does include industrialized countries for the PhD component. The Eiffel Program is a tool designed to help French higher education establishments accompany the high-calibre overseas students that they select.
The Eiffel excellence scholarships are aimed at overseas students whose talents and abilities have been recognized by French higher education establishments wishing to attract them to pursue their studies. The courses undertaken in France will help them to obtain positions of responsibility in the public and private sectors.
Only foreign nationals are eligible 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. Educational establishments that shortlist non-French speaking applicants must ensure that their level of French is sufficient to enable them to integrate satisfactorily into the anticipated course.
Academic levels of study covered by the Eiffel Program
In submitting applications for Eiffel scholarships, French host educational establishments undertake to enroll students in one of the following courses:
- courses awarding a Master or in colleges awarding an engineering science diploma
- PhD courses as part of a jointly tutored or jointly supervised thesis with a foreign higher education establishment partner.
Applicants for Master courses must be no more than 30 years old at the deadline date and no more than 35 years old for the PhD courses.
Areas of study covered by the Eiffel Program
The areas of study concerned by the Eiffel scholarships are:
(i) engineering sciences at Master level, sciences in a broader sense for PhD level (engineering sciences, exact sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano- and bio-technology, earth and environmental sciences and information and communication sciences and technology)
(ii) economics and management
(iii) law and political sciences
Ineligibility criteria for the Eiffel Program
a) French Government scholarship-holders: overseas students already benefiting from a French Government grant from other programmes at the time of submitting the application are ineligible even if this concerns a welfare related grant.
b) Previously unsuccessful applicants: Unsuccessful candidates from previous selection processes cannot re-apply even in a different subject. This concerns only Master courses and does not apply to PhD subjects.
c) Applicants having already benefited from an Eiffel scholarship in previous years are not allowed to re-apply.
d) Establishments offering courses entirely based in a third country cannot submit applications for candidates even if the diploma awarded is French. The course must take place in France.
e) Applications made directly by students or submitted by overseas educational establishments.
f) Students who are subject to applications submitted by more than one French educational establishment.
Furthermore, incomplete applications will not be considered:
Due to the dematerialization of application files, the establishments communicate by mail (registered letter) the list of applicants they present:
This document must bear the stamp of the institution and the signature of the establishment's head with legal personality (university president or school director).
Institutions should also be aware of the Quality Charter for the reception of French government scholarship holders.
French higher education establishments shortlist the best overseas students whom they wish to enroll in their courses for Eiffel scholarships. The different establishments complete the application forms referring to instructions and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Submitted applications must comply with the objectives of the program.
Institutions with a Eiffel laureate in Masters level once graduated will be able next year to submit an application for the PhD component. The file must include, notably the agreement of the supervisor motivated and developed in an argument of the thesis project and a financing plan of the PhD.
The Eiffel program is aimed primarily for students abroad, it is stated that they will take precedence over students being study in France.
The conditions for awarding an Eiffel PhD scholarship remains unchanged in this framework.
Selection of Eiffel Program scholarships
Selection is undertaken by a commission made up of three specialist committees (one for each subject area). Committee members are not authorized to assess applications submitted by teaching establishments with which they have professional links.
Three selection criteria are used by the commission:
(i) the academic excellence of the candidate taken from his/her university career to date and the innovative character of his/her research subject (rated on a score out of 10 and weighted with a coefficient of 3),
(ii) the international policy of the establishment submitting the application, the activities undertaken in the geographical area in question, the excellence of the hosting service, suitability with respect to the application submitted (rated on a score out of 5 and weighted with a coefficient of 3),
(iii) the co-operation policy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, particularly the precedence given to priority countries for this programme (rated on a score out of 5 and weighted with a coefficient of 1).
NB: Members of the Engineering Sciences Committee for the Master component use the scoring grid attached.
The commission assesses applications against the three selection criteria and calculates a score out of 50. It sets a pass mark according to the number of scholarship grants available and awards them in the following manner:
- a minimum of 70% of the scholarship grants awarded to the highest scoring applicants (priority list);
- the remaining grants are split between the establishments having scored above the minimum pass mark but which have not been retained in the priority list (supplementary list).
The commission then draws up and publishes the final list of successful candidates.
Publication of results
The list of successful candidates will be published on-line at www.campusfrance.org/fr/eiffel
All results will be sent to the senior officials of the educational establishments.
The commission's deliberations are final and absolute and are not open to explanation or discussion.
Duration of the Eiffel scholarship
Master course: The Eiffel scholarship grant is attributed on condition that the student fulfils the annual academic requirements of the curriculum for a 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.
A 2-month preliminary intensive language training course can be funded for non-French speaking students upon the request of the French host educational establishment. The student can draw down his/her Eiffel grant during this training course.
The total duration of the course undertaken (including compulsory work experience or internships in France or abroad) must be clearly indicated by the educational establishment in the application form.
Optional placements are not covered by the grant.
In the event that the fellow would leave for a training mandatory for the validation of his curriculum and graduation for which the scholarship was awarded or university training abroad, only the payment of his scholarship will be maintained. He can not receive funding from his trip, or payment of additional compensation.
PhD course: The Eiffel scholarship grant is attributed for a maximum duration of 10 months. No language classes are offered for scientific and economic disciplines.
Students studying law and political science, have the option, upon request of the host educational establishment, to take French language classes at the same time as their studies (request to be made in the application form).
After approval by the selection commission, the 10-month period can be split into 3 phases in France spread over a maximum of 3 years comprising stays of 3-4 months in France alternating with a stay in the studentâ€™s country of origin.
Eiffel Scholarship grant amounts
Master course: Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly grant allowance of 1,181 Euros (current applicable rate). In addition, the program covers various expenses including return travel, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders can also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance.
PhD course: Eiffel PhD scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance of 1,400 Euros (current applicable rate) with additional allowances for one return trip (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 can also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance.
Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Program (with the exception of preliminary language course fees).
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs expects the educational establishments it supports to promote international relations through the Eiffel Program and that they agree to apply the best possible financial conditions to the scholarship students in accordance with the terms and condition of the quality charter.
Enrolment fees are waived for French Government scholarship students registered with state-run educational establishments.
The Eiffel scholarship grant cannot be combined with another grant. If the successful candidate is allocated a grant from another funding body, he/she must choose between one of these and inform Campus France of his/her decision by post.
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All practical information can be consulted on the Campus France website: www.campusfrance.org/fr/eiffel
Campus France is responsible for making grant payments to students and is the point of contact for all educational establishments and students regarding enquiries linked to Eiffel scholarship grants.
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