Eiffel Excellence International Scholarship Program in France 2014/15

Deadline: January 8, 2014

Applications are now accepted from International students for the Eiffel Scholarship program. The scholarship is developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a tool to allow French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and PhD degree programs. The scholarship provides funding for international master’s and PhD students to study in France focusing on three key subject areas of sciences, economics and management, law and political science. It helps to train future foreign policy makers, from the private and public sectors, in education priority areas.

The Eiffel excellence program offers two components: A Master component which helps fund a master level degree course from 12 to 36 months; and a Ph.D. component to fund mobility programs for 10 months under a thesis joint supervision or co-tutorship (preferably for the second doctoral year).

Study Areas

The three major areas of study covered by the Eiffel program are:

  • Engineering sciences at Master level, sciences in a broader sense for PhD level (engineering sciences, exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano and bio-technology, earth and environmental sciences, information and communication sciences and technology),
  • Economics and management,
  • Law and political science

Scholarship Value

Master level

Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance of 1,181€ (1,031€ of maintenance allowance and 150€ of monthly compensation), in addition to which are covered directly various expenses:

  • An international return travel
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities

They can also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance under certain conditions

PhD level

Eiffel PhD scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance of 1,400€, in addition to which are covered directly various expenses:

  • An international return travel (only one return trip will be covered for law and political science students who would undertake several stays in France),
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities

They can also benefit from an additional accommodation allowance under certain conditions.

Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel Program, with the exception of possible preliminary language course fees defined under the scholarship’s framework. To receive the first payment of the monthly allowance, the grantee must necessarily begin his studies in the host institution in France.


  • This program is for candidates of foreign nationality. Binational candidates, one of which nationality is French, are not eligible.
  • For programs leading to a master’s degree level, applicants must be at most 30 years old at the date of the selection committee, that is to say, born after 07/03/1983; for PhD applicants, candidates must be aged at most 35 years old on the date of the selection committee, that is to say, born after 03.07.1978.
  • Only applications sent by the French institutions are admissible. The latter undertake to enroll laureates in the training for which they were selected. Applications sent by other means are not receivable.
  • Foreign students already receiving a scholarship from the French government for another program at the time of filing the application are not eligible, even if it is a scholarship that supports social coverage.
  • An applicant who has already received an Eiffel scholarship under his PhD may not represent his candidacy again.
  • A candidate whose folder was not selected may not represent its application in the following years, even if they change their field of study.

Eventually, students currently studying abroad are given priority over those already residing in France.

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