The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries, to attract elite overseas students on master’s, engineering and PhD courses.
Amount of Eiffel scholarship
•The Eiffel programme does not cover tuition fees, though the higher education centres concerned are invited to apply the best possible financial conditions to Eiffel scholarship-holders.
•Enrolment fees at state-run higher education centres are waived for students on French government scholarship programmes such as this.
•Master’s courses : Eiffel scholarship-holders on Master’s courses receive an allowance of €1,181. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.
•PhD courses: Eiffel scholarship-holders on PhD courses receive an allowance of €1,400. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return travel (single return trip for law and political science students on multiple stays), health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.
•Payment: The grant is paid monthly by bank/postal transfer into a French account opened by the grantholder at the start of the course. Bank account details should be notified to Égide.
Notification and implementation
•The French educational establishments concerned will receive a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the full list of results obtained by each applicant.
•Grantholders will be informed individually by Égide, via the educational establishments concerned, of the procedure for obtaining their grants.
•Grants take effect from the actual date on which the course (or the preliminary language training) starts.
2011/2012 Session timetable
•Application forms put online: 27 September 2010
•Deadline for reception of applications by Égide: 7 January 2011
•Announcement of results: week of 21 March 2011
Égide – Programme Eiffel
28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles