Eiffel Scholarship for Masters & PhD International Students 2021/2022

The Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence is inviting application from International students for Masters and PhD degree program in France. The Programme was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enrol in their masters and PhD programs.

It gives an 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 Scholarship Program of Excellence Details

Host Country: France

Eligible Countries: Developing countries (International)

Degree Type: Masters and PhD programs.

Scholarship Benefits 

The Eiffel scholarship consists of ;

Master’s level

  • a monthly allowance of €1,181 (a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150).
  • a round-trip international ticket
  • Health insurance
  • housing allowance (regardless of the location, is €115 per month.)
  • and cultural activities

PhD level :

  • a monthly allowance of €1,400. In addition, the program covers various benefits including
  • a round-trip international ticket,
  • Health insurance and cultural activities.
  • a housing allowance( regardless of the location, is €115 per month.)


  • Only foreign nationals are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the French Government.
  • In the case of dual nationality applicants, those with French nationality are ineligible.
  • for master’s courses, candidates must be no older than 30 on the date of the selection committee meeting, March 2020; at the PhD level, candidates must be no older than 35 on the date of the selection committee meeting, March 2020.
  • only applications submitted by French educational establishments are accepted. These establishments undertake to enrol 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.
  • scholarships are for students wishing to enrol on a master’s course, including at an engineering school, and for PhD students. The Eiffel Programme 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 train under an apprenticeship contract or a professional training contract either.
  • Educational establishments that shortlist non-French speaking applicants must ensure that their level of French is sufficient to enable them to integrate satisfactorily into the anticipated course
  • Combination with other scholarships: foreign students who, at the time of application, have already been awarded a French government scholarship under another programme are not eligible, even if the scholarship in question does not include social security cover.
  • Eiffel PhD scholarships: Establishments may nominate a candidate who was previously awarded an Eiffel scholarship at master’s level for a scholarship at PhD level. Candidates who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship once during their PhD cannot be awarded it for a second time. No application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study.
  • Eiffel master’s scholarships: no application will be accepted for any student who applied previously but was rejected, even if the application is submitted by a different establishment or in another field of study. Students who have already been awarded an Eiffel scholarship at the master’s level are not eligible to re-apply at the master’s level.
  • Language skills: when pre-selecting non-French-speaking candidates, establishments must make sure that their language skills meet the requirements of the relevant course of study.

Selection Criteria for Eiffel Scholarship

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • the excellence of the candidate, as demonstrated by his or her university career so far and the originality of his or her research subject;
  • the international policy of the establishment nominating the candidate, its action in the geographical area in question, the excellence of the host department, the establishment’s compatibility with the candidate being nominated, its efforts to publicise the Eiffel Programme and its continued support of scholarship holders, especially through a partnership with France Alumni (https://www.francealumni.fr/en);
  • the cooperation and partnership policy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and in particular, the priority is given to certain countries for this Programme.

The committee marks each candidate for these three criteria and calculates a total score out of 50. It sets a minimum threshold for admissibility and distributes the scholarships as follows, depending on the number available:

  • at least 70% of the scholarships are awarded to the highest-scoring candidates;
  • the remaining scholarships are distributed among the establishments that have not received one, for candidates who achieved scores above the minimum threshold.

Method of Application

Only applications submitted by French higher education institutions are accepted.

  • 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 us.
  • You are an institution participating for the first time in the Eiffel Program => Please Contact us in order to download the application files.
  • You are a student interested in participating in the Eiffel program: click here
  • Students must register on the following website https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/ In order to benefit from the French Social Security. The website is available in French and English.


Campus France – Programme Eiffel
28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
75010 Paris
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  • Opening of the call for applications: week of September 28, 2020
  • Deadline for the reception of applications by Campus France:  January 8th 2021.
  • Publication of results: week of March 22, 2021

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