The program of Eiffel excellence grants, launched in January 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is designed to support the international student recruitment efforts of French institutions of higher education. In 2005 the program was expanded to include the Eiffel doctoral program, which provides research support to highly qualified doctoral candidates from outside France.
The objectives of this grant program are to train, in France's postsecondary institutions, future world leaders in three priority areas (science, economics and management, and law and political science) and to encourage applications from students from emerging countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the new member states of the European Union. The new doctoral program also invites applicants from industrialized countries.
- €1,181 per month
- In addition to the monthly stipend, grantees receive the following additional benefits: travel, health insurance, and a cultural program. Grantees may also be eligible for housing assistance and a program of language training preceding their master's program.
- Eiffel master's grants are awarded for a period sufficient to allow the grantee to complete the program for which the grant was obtained, provided the student remains in good status (that is, provided he or she has satisfied all academic conditions of the program).
- Up to 2 months of language training may be added for non-French-speaking students at the request of the host institution.
- The overall length of the program (including all required internships in France or abroad) must be clearly indicated by the host institution in the application file.
Number of grants
Approximately 400 new grants are made each year.
Grantees may be no more than 30 years old at the time of their selection
Law; Engineering; Economics - Politics
- Engineering Sciences
- Economic Sciences,
- Politic Sciences
Level : Master
Non-French-speaking grantees may be eligible for language training.
- Applications from students currently enrolled abroad take precedence over those from candidates already in France.
- International students who, at the time of application, have already received a French government grant under another program, or a grant financed in whole or in part by the French government or its regions, are not eligible, even if the other grant covers only health and social benefits.
- Applications may be presented by no more than one French postsecondary institution.
- Students who are denied a grant may not be presented again, even if they have changed their field of study.
- Applications are accepted only from French postsecondary institutions.
- French postsecondary institutions preselect from among their best international applicants those whom they wish to propose for Eiffel grants.
- Institutions prepare applications in accordance with the instructions and recommendations they receive from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The application forms can be found on line only and need to be filled and registered on the website of Campus France.
- Care must be taken to present applications that are fully consistent with the objectives of the program.
- Institutions proposing candidates for Eiffel grants agree without exception to admit those candidates to the programs for which they have requested Eiffel grants.
A selection committee composed of experts evaluates applications on the basis of three criteria:
- The student's qualifications
- The international policy of the institution proposing the candidate
- The ministry's geographic priorities.
The selection committee holds an annual session as early as possible in the year so as to be able to communicate its decisions early enough to ensure that successful candidates will choose France for their education.
Applications must be received at Campus France at the beginning of the calendar year, and no later than the date indicated on January 9th.