Financing your study project in France

Grants from French embassies abroad

French government grants are awarded by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs for studies, internships or language stays in France. Most of them are awarded by the Cooperation and Cultural Action Services French embassies and general consulates abroad. Therefore, regardless of the country of residence, candidates should, prior to their departure and with sufficient advance notice, directly contact these services in their country of origin to obtain all the information about these scholarships: eligibility conditions, selection calendar, compiled.

to know moreplease contact the Cooperation and Cultural Action department of the French embassy or French consulate in your country of residence.

There are different categories of scholarships : grants, internship grants, grants for high-level scientific stays.

Specific programs

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs also awards scholarships under: specific programs directly dependent on service in Paris (Directorate-General for Globalization, Culture, Education and International Development, Directorate for Mobility and Attractiveness Policy, Sub-Directorate for Higher Education and Research, Student Pole for Mobility Policy and Programmes).

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

The excellence scholarship program Eiffel, master section, launched in January 1999 by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, is intended for: support the international recruitment drive of French higher education institutionsin a context of increased competition among developed countries to attract elite foreign students.

In 2005 this system was supplemented with the doctoral part intended for high-level doctoral students.

For the sake of better readability, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has decided to combine the two program components in one tender. However, the application forms are separate for each of the two sections.

The Eiffel Scheme makes it possible to:

  • education at master’s level;
  • a mobility of twelve months in the context of joint supervision or joint supervision of the dissertation (preferably the 2nd or 3rd year of the doctorate).

The objectives of the Eiffel excellence program of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs are as follows:

  • formin French higher education institutions, future foreign decision makersprivate and public, in three priority areas of study (science, economics management, law and political science);
  • encourage applications from students from emerging countrieswith priority from Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the new Member States of the European Union, but also, for the doctorate level, from industrialized countries.

The Eiffel program is a tool offered to French institutions in their search for the best foreign students. Applications are submitted exclusively by French institutions. The institutions proposing candidates undertake to enroll them in the requested training if they are awarded the Eiffel Scholarship.

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has entrusted the management of the Eiffel program to:

Campus France

28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles 75010 Paris

Such an. 01 40 40 59 30

All practical information can be found on the Campus France website

Contact: candidatures.eiffel at ‘s house campusfrance.org

MOPGA Scholarships

The initiative ” Make our planet great again (MOPGA) launched on June 8, 2017 by the President of the Republic – to attract researchers, teachers, students, entrepreneurs and NGOs to France develop projects related to the fight against global warming – attracted a lot of registrations.

154 candidates were selected and will be welcomed in 2018-2019 for doctorates, postdocs, in a French laboratory for a short stay and for masters. The hosted students and researchers will be added to the French “MOPGA” community, which already has 32 winning researchers, managed by the ANR.

Excellence Major Scholarships

Established in 1992, jointly set up by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), the Excellence-Major scholarship program is part of the policy of promoting French higher education. It admits the best foreign students from French educational institutions abroad (list established by decree of 4 June 2010) to undergo a high-level higher education in France for five years. Each year, up to 200 new scholarship holders, selected on the basis of excellence, participate in this prestigious program.

The Excellence Major Scholarships are a tool to promote French higher education used in the context of French cultural policy and cooperation abroad.

They aim to promote student mobility and are a vector of cultural diversity that the MEAE and the AEFE support through the network of French educational institutions abroad.

Scholarships in Religious Sciences (2019 Call for Applications) / Application Deadline Extended to Friday 10 May 2019

The Scholarship Program in Religious Sciences is designed for students who wish to take advantage of the religious science education offered by French higher education institutions.

It offers scholarships to French-speaking students, at master’s and doctorate level (possibly at bachelor’s level in case of derogation when the candidate comes from a country that does not have the necessary infrastructure on site).

The Religious Studies Scholarship Program 2019 is open to both future religious leaders called upon to exercise responsibilities within a religious institution and for students with a study project humanities related to religious studies

Applications from students studying abroad are given priority over applications from students who have already settled in France.

Nationals of the European Union and North America are not eligible for this program.

Finally, note that there are two scholarship formulas in 2019: long scholarships (18 to 36 months) and short scholarships (up to 18 months).

The deadline for receipt at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is May 10, 2019 (and no longer May 3) for Long and Short Scholarship Applications

Candidates must therefore submit their file to the Department of Cooperation and Cultural Action of the French Embassy in their country of residence,

as soon as possible before the date stated above. Files sent directly to the MEAE by a student or institution are not eligible.

Details can be found in the documents that you can download below.

“Quai d’Orsay / Companies”: Co-funded Scholarship Programs

As part of its policy of attractiveness and promotion of French higher education, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, through the program “Quai d’Orsay / Companies”signs with major French companies public-private partnership agreements aimed at promoting and developing the reception of foreign students in France of the best establishments in their country of origin.

Depending on their nationality or status, some foreign students can also claim support from the French Ministry of National Education: travel grants, grants based on social criteria, financial support for doctoral studies.

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The Erasmus+ higher education program contributes to the creating a European Higher Education Area by promoting mobility actions in Europe and abroad for students (period of study or internship).

The program provides financial support that partially covers travel and accommodation costs. This assistance may vary depending on the chosen host country.

For more information, please contact your higher education institution for more information about the exchange conditions.

The University Agency of La Francophonie offers action programs for students, teachers and researchers.

Regional councils and other local authorities can offer mobility grants to foreign students. For more information, contact the General or Regional Council of the region where you wish to study directly.

Some countries offer scholarships to study abroad. Students can obtain information from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in their country of origin or from the organization that manages scholarships.

This section is updated by the ministry when the organizations issue a tender.

Updated: March 2019

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