French Government Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program 2018/2019 for Masters & PhD Study in Fra


The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program was established by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enroll in their master’s and PhD courses. It helps to shape the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applications from emerging countries at master’s level, and from emerging and industrialized countries at PhD level.


  • Opening of the call for applications: Week of October 16th, 2018

  • Deadline for receipt of applications by Campus France : January 12th, 2018

  • Announcement of results: Week of March 26th, 2018


  • a master’s branch, which funds master’s courses lasting between 12 and 36 months;

  • a PhD branch, which offers funding for PhD students to spend ten months in France, through joint supervision or dual enrollment (preferably in the second year of their PhD).


  • engineering science at master’s level, science in the broadest sense at PhD level (engineering science; exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nano- and biotechnology, earth sciences, sciences of the universe, environmental sciences, information and communication science and technology);

  • economics and management

  • law and political sciences


Master’s level The scholarship is awarded for:

  • a maximum of 12 months for entry at M2 level,

  • a maximum of 24 months for entry at M1 level,

  • a maximum of 36 months for an engineering degree.

PhD level The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for a maximum of ten months.

  • For scientific and economic disciplines, no language course is provided for and the scholarship duration cannot be divided up.

  • For law students, the ten-month scholarship can, with the consent of the selection committee, be split into two or three stays in France, of three or four months each.

  • These stays must take place over a maximum of three calendar years.

  • Only law students have the option of taking French lessons alongside their studies.

  • This must be clearly requested in the application.


  • Nationality: this program is reserved for candidates of non-French nationality. Candidates with two nationalities, one of which is French, are not eligible.

  • Age: for master’s courses, candidates must be no older than 30 on the date of the selection committee meeting, at PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting,

  • Origin of applications: only applications submitted by French educational establishments are accepted. These establishments undertake to enroll scholarship holders on the course for which they have been selected. Applications submitted by any other means shall not be considered. Furthermore, any candidate nominated by more than one establishment shall be disqualified.

  • Courses of study: scholarships are for students wishing to enrol on a master’s course, including at an engineering school, and for PhD students. The Eiffel Program does not apply to French-run master’s courses abroad, as non-PhD scholarship holders must complete at least 75% of their course in France. It does not apply to training under an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract either.

  • Combination with other scholarships: foreign students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded a French government scholarship under another program are not eligible, even if the scholarship in question does not include social security cover.