Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme in France for International Students

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme in France for International Students

The Eiffel scholarship program is a tool developed by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and designed to allow French higher education institutions attract the best foreign students in diploma courses at Masters’ and Doctorate/PhD level.This allows to train the next foreign decision makers in private and public sectors in critical studies fields, and boost applications by students from emerging countries at Masters’ level and emerging and industrialised countries at PhD/Doctorate level.

2. Fields of studies

The four major fields of studies covered by Eiffel scholarships are:
– law;
– economics and management;
– engineering sciences at Masters’ level, sciences in the broad sense for the
Doctorate/PhD level (engineering science; exact sciences: mathematics, physics,
chemistry and life sciences, nano and biotechnologies, Earth, space and
environmental sciences, information sciences and technologies and communication);
– political sciences.

3. Levels of studies

French higher education institutions presenting applicants to the Eiffel program will register
them:
– in courses attested by a Masters’ degree;
– in a course attested by an engineering degree;
– in a PhD course as part of a joint supervision or joint direction of thesis with a partner
foreign higher education institution.

4. Duration of the scholarship

4.1. Masters’ level

The scholarship is granted for a period:
– up to 12 months for a registration in M2;
– up to 24 months for a registration in M1;
– up to 36 months for the preparation of an engineer degree.

The scholarship is granted each year provided that the student complies with the
academic obligations every year of the 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. If the
training is not mentioned in the application, payment of the scholarship may not be
applied for afterwards.

The Eiffel scholarship does not cover the cost of the course.
Gap years are allowed but not financed.

Students may continue to benefit from their scholarship during an internship which
duration is equivalent to 25% of the duration of the scholarship applied for (see
“duration of the scholarship” at page 4 of the application file). To benefit from the
scholarship, internships must be part of the training and mandatory. The internship
period exceeding the 25% is not covered by the scholarship. Scholarships are never
granted

during an internship not considered as mandatory in the training description.
If Campus France guarantees to provide an accommodation to scholarship
recipients, including in a student residence, the operator must be informed of the
internship dates in the best delays possible.

The rest of the training is covered by the scholarship only for periods spent in
France.

If the course plans an international academic exchange in another institution,
payment of the scholarship will be suspended for the period spent abroad, with
possible deferment of the scholarship.

If the course plans international mobility in the same institution, payment of the
scholarship will be suspended for the period spent abroad, with no possible
deferment of the scholarship.
If an Eiffel scholarship recipient concludes a contract of apprenticeship or a
professionalization contract, payment of the scholarship is automatically stopped.

4.2. PhD level

Eiffel scholarships are granted for a period of up to 10 months.

The 10 months of the scholarship may be split in 2 or 3 stays of 3 to 4 months in
France, after consent of the selection committee. The scholarship will be spread over
a maximum of 3 civil years.

A language training taken during the main higher education course is only available
for students in law. Application must be expressed in the application file.

If a language training is not explicitly applied for in the application file, it shall
not be granted later

Eligibility

– Nationality: this program is exclusively for foreign applicants. Binational applicants
who are part French are not eligible.

– Age: At Masters’ level, the applicant must be at most 30 years old at the date of the
selection committee, i. e. be born the same day or after March 12, 1987.

At PhD level, the applicant must be at most 35 years old at the date of the selection
committee, i. e. be born the same day or after March 12, 1982.

– Origin of applications: only applications filed by French institutions are eligible.
French institutions guarantee to register scholarship recipients in the training for
which they were selected. Applicants filed through other means are not eligible. In
addition, an applicant presented by more than one institution will have its application
rejected.

– Trainings available: are eligible applicants able to study in a training granting a
degree at Masters’ level, including in schools of engineering, and applicants in PhD.
Outsourced French trainings abroad are not included in the scheme.

Trainings as part of a contract of apprenticeship or a professionalization contract are
not eligible to Eiffel scholarships.

Multiple scholarships: foreign students who already benefit from a scholarship from
the French government as part of a specific program when they file their application
are not eligible, even though their scholarship only covers social security.

Eiffel scholarship (Masters’): the application of a student whose file was rejected
during a previous selection is not eligible, even though his/her application is filed by a
different institution or in a different field of studies. The application of a student who
has already benefitted from an Eiffel scholarship at Masters’ level is not eligible for
this same level.

– Eiffel scholarship (PhD): institutions are allowed to present an applicant who
already benefitted an Eiffel scholarship at Masters’ level for a PhD level. An applicant
who already benefitted from an Eiffel scholarship as part of a PhD is not eligible to an
Eiffel scholarship for a second time. The application of a student whose file was
rejected during a previous selection for this level of studies is not eligible, even
though his/her application is filed by a different institution or in a different field of
studies.

– Level of language: institutions drawing a shortlist of non French-speaking applicants
must ensure their linguistic level matches the level required for the training.
Students currently studying abroad have priority compared to those already living in
France.

Time Frame

– Application files available online: week of October 16, 2017;

– Files reception deadline by Campus France: January 12, 2018;

– The student must contact the institution presenting his/her application to know the
deadline for filing his/her application to the services of the institutions.
– Results publication: week of March 26, 2018;

Publishing the results as early as March allows students applying for other
scholarship programs to be notified of the decision regarding Eiffel scholarship and
determine their studies choices accordingly.

The Eiffel scholarship may not be stacked with other scholarships of the French
government, or an Erasmus+ scholarship, or a scholarship from the Agence
Universitaire de la Francophonie. In case of multiple scholarships available, the
student must waive one of the two scholarships. If the student gives up the Eiffel
scholarship, he/she must notify by email Campus France, the operator of the Ministry
of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

How to Apply

The programme is dedicated to foreign students only with no restriction on the nationality.
The French higher education establishments preselect the candidates and will proceed to the online
application on Campus France website.

1st step:
– You may contact the International Relation departments of the school/university trough their
website, by email or phone and get closer to the school / university to know the deadline for
submission.
– You may contact the French embassy or Campus France office located in your country
You have to choose by yourself the French establishment according to your project of study.
There are no lists of establishments, any French school or university of higher education can apply.

2nd step:
– The university/school has decided to support your application to Eiffel scholarship
– They will send you the application form which will be conjointly filled out
– Finally, they will make the online application
Applications made directly by students or submitted by foreign educational Establishments will not
be eligible.

Information Source: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel

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