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3 scholarships to start you off in France

If you’re looking for a scholarship to study in France, where should you begin looking? Here are 3 scholarships to inspire you...

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Tuition fees in France can be reasonable, but when you throw in accommodation, travel and day-to-day living costs, things can mount up, not to mention if you choose to study at a private university. Luckily, there are a number of scholarships and grants available for international students interested in studying in France. Read on to find out if you’re eligible!


Emile Boutmy Scholarships

For the non-EU students among you, this could be the scholarship for you! The Paris Institute of Political Studies, better known as Science Po, created the Emile Boutmy Scholarships after the founder of the institution. It is available for students from outside the EU who are first time applicants to the university at both undergraduate and Master’s level.

May (undergraduate programmes)
January (postgraduate programmes)


The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship

Established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme is designed to attract top international scholars to French universities at Masters and PhD level. It’s available at a selective number of institutions and currently Masters candidates must be no older than 30 and PhD candidates must be no older than 35.

Applications open: October
Deadline: January
Successful candidates announced: March


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students

Funded by the European Union, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students are available to both EU and non-EU students that have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at Masters or Doctorate level. Scholarships are available in over 100 Masters courses and a number of joint doctorate courses in Business and Law, Science, Agriculture and Veterinary, Engineering, Manufacture and Construction, Health and Welfare, Humanities and Arts, Mathematics and Computing, and Social Sciences.

Applications & deadline:  Can vary depending on the programme. Check the official website.