Excellence Eiffel Scholarship 2024, France

Country: France

Course Level: Masters / PHD

Deadline: 10th January, 2024


By introducing the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program 2024: An invitation to students worldwide! The French Government extends a warm welcome to international students seeking to pursue Masters and PhD studies at esteemed institutions across France. Created under the auspices of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program serves as a platform for French higher education establishments to draw in outstanding foreign students, encouraging their participation in esteemed Masters and PhD programs.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): French Government

Scholarship to be taken at: French higher education institutions

Scholarship Type: Full Scholarships

Scholarship level: Postgraduate (Masters and PhD)

Scholarship Slots: Not specified.

Nationality: Foreign students

Field of Study:

The two broad disciplines of the Eiffel Scholarship Program embrace the following fields of study:

Science and technology
Biology and health
Ecological transition
Mathematics and digital sciences
Humanities and social sciences
French history, language, and civilization
Law and political science
Economics and management

Master level
The scholarship is awarded for:
A maximum of 12 months for awardees entering the second year of a master’s program (M2)
A maximum of 24 months for awardees entering the first year of a master’s program (M1)
A maximum of 36 months for awardees entering an engineering program.
Doctoral level
Eiffel scholarships are awarded for a period of 6 to 36 months from September 1 of the award year.
The scholarship duration will be determined according to the following terms:
A scholarship of 36 months is subjected to a registration in year one.
A scholarship of 6 to 18 months is determined according to the enrolment year, for all candidates,
especially for those who are already engaged in a joint doctoral program (joint supervision of
dissertation and/or dual degree), in partnership with an institution of higher education abroad:

  • A maximum of 6 months for awardees entering the third year of a doctorate program
  • A maximum of 12 months for awardees entering the second year of a doctorate program
  • A maximum of 18 months for awardees entering the first year of a doctorate program


The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages;

  • applicants up to 25 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and
  • applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.
Eiffel Excellence Scholarship

Application Procedure:

 Interested applicants are required to apply through a French higher education institution through a number of stipulated steps.

Only applications submitted by French higher education institutions are accepted.

  • You are a student interested in participating in the Eiffel program : click here
  • You are an institution and you have already participated in the Eiffel program => You should have received an email concerning the download of application files. If that is not the case, please contact program anchor.
  • You are an institution participating for the first time in the Eiffel Program => Please Contact program anchor in order download the application files.


Living allowance:
Master level
Eiffel scholarship recipients receive a monthly allowance of €1,181 in addition to certain direct
Doctoral level
Eiffel scholarship recipients receive a monthly allowance of €1,700 (since January 1, 2021) in
addition to certain direct services.

Method of payment
As a general rule, payments are made by bank transfer to an account in France in the name of the
The first payment is sent to the recipient via Western Union.
This benefit is conditioned on the presence of the recipient in his or her specified location.
The allowance is paid from the date of the recipient’s arrival in France but no earlier than the
previously agreed date of arrival.

Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees are not covered by the Eiffel scholarship.
However, recipients of French government scholarships are exempt from tuition charges for
programs leading to a national diploma (master, doctorate) or accredited engineering degree in
public institutions of a scientific, cultural, or professional nature overseen by the Ministry of Higher
Education and Research, in accordance with article R719-49 of the national education code.

Travel and transportation expenses
Airfare in the least expensive class available is covered by the scholarship.
The coverage includes the cost of travel between the international airports closest to recipients’
home abroad and their academic location in France.
The cost of airfare incurred by recipients will be reimbursed in an amount up to 50% of the rate
determined by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for travel from the country concerned.
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Recipients may also claim reimbursement of the cost of domestic travel to reach their academic
location in France. Reimbursement will be based on the cost of second class train or bus travel
from the arrival airport to the academic location.
Departure at end of program
Recipients have 12 months from the end of their scholarship to request their return ticket.
The reservation of the flight ticket is determined by the receipt of the academic results at
the end of the scholarship final year. In the event that the return ticket is not arranged at the end
of the scholarship period, it is understood that the recipient no longer enjoys the status of a
recipient of a French government scholarship, nor the guarantees linked to that status, during the
period between the end of the scholarship and the recipient’s departure from France.
The scholarship covers return air travel in the least expensive class from recipients’ academic
location to the international airport closest to their home abroad, plus the cost of second-class train
or bus travel from the city of residence to the airport.
The cost of airfare incurred by recipients will be reimbursed in an amount up to 50% of the rate
determined by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for travel from the country concerned.

Health (medical) insurance
Eiffel scholarship recipients are enrolled by Campus France in a temporary health insurance plan
until their coverage by the French national scheme (Sécurité Sociale) takes effect. The national
scheme is mandatory and free of charge for all students enrolled in a French institution of higher
education. Students can enroll at the following site: https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/.
Recipients must send a statement of their eligibility for the national scheme to Campus France
within two months of their arrival in France. Upon receipt of that statement, recipients are
enrolled in a supplemental health insurance scheme at no cost to the individual recipient
(excluding accompanying family members), thus ensuring optimal coverage of medical expenses
during their stay.
Scholarship recipients from member states of the European Union holding a European
Health Insurance Card need take no action. They will have access to care in France and be
reimbursed for a share of their medical expenses as if they were in their home country. All they
need to do is to send Campus France a copy of their EHIC so that Campus France can enroll them
in a supplemental health insurance plan (at no cost to them).
Important: Campus France is authorized to suspend payment of scholarship allowances and
provision of related services if recipients do not provide proof of their enrollment in the French
national health insurance scheme within three months from the effective date of their scholarship.

Campus France offers recipients a choice of housing in student dormitories managed by
CROUS (the national student housing agency) or in private homes. Recipients may choose to
decline Campus France’s offer and to make their own housing arrangements instead.
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The allowance (subsidy) previously paid for private housing will no longer be available, effective
January 1, 2023.
However, recipients who received Eiffel scholarships before 2023 and who were receiving this
allowance will continue to receive it under the same conditions until their scholarship expires at the
end of their study period or until they begin a gap year.

List of Universities:

Université d’Aix-Marseille
University of Angers
University of Artois
Avignon University
University of Bordeaux
Bordeaux Montaigne University
University of Burgundy
University of Caen Normandy
Claude Bernard University Lyon 1
Clermont Auvergne University
University Pasquale Paoli
Côte d’Azur University
CY Cergy Paris University
University of Évry Val d’Essonne
University of Franche-Comté
University of the French Antilles
University of French Guiana
University of French Polynesia
Grenoble Alpes University
Gustave Eiffel University
Jean Monnet University
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
La Rochelle University
Le Havre Normandy University
Le Mans University
University of Lille
University of Limoges
University of the Littoral Opal Coast
Lumière University Lyon 2
University of Montpellier
University of Nantes
University of New Caledonia
University of Nîmes
University of Orléans
Paris Cité University
Paris-East Créteil University
Paris Nanterre University
Paris-Saclay University
Paris Sciences et Lettres University
Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University
Paris 2 Panthéon Assas University
Paris 8 University Vincennes-Saint-Denis
University of Pau and the Adour Region
Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3
University of Perpignan Via Domitia
University of Picardy Jules Verne
University of Poitiers
Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France
University of Rennes 1
Rennes 2 University
University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
University of Reunion Island
University of Rouen Normandy
Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Sorbonne University
Sorbonne Nouvelle University Paris 3
Sorbonne Paris North University
Southern Brittany University
University of Strasbourg
University of Toulon
Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier University
Toulouse 1 Capitole University
University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès
University of Tours
University of Upper Alsace
University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University of Western Brittany


  • Opening of the call for applications: week of September 18, 2023
  • Deadline for the reception of applications by Campus France:  January 10, 2024.
  • Publication of results: week of 1 April, 2024

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