eiffel scholarship program

Eiffel French Government Scholarship 2023-2024

Do you want to further your education in France? Are you a French Scholar or are interested in achieving your academic dream in French? If you have positive response to any of the above cases, ensure that you take advantage of this great opportunity.

Application for Eiffel French Government Scholarship for International Students in France is currently ongoing. Interested and suitably qualified candidates are hereby invited to send their respective application online.

The application Deadline is 10th January, 2024

If you are interested in the application and you would like to be guided on how to apply for this scholarship and the things that you must do for you to be eligible for this scholarship, kindly read this article to the end.

About Eiffel French Government Scholarship

The Eiffel French Government Scholarship is an academic programme that was instituted by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programs.

The programme was established with aim of raising diplomats and 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.

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Overview of the Scholarship

Hosting Institution: French Universities and High Institutions in France

Beneficiaries: International Students

Number of Scholarships: Not specified

Duration of Scholarship: Minimum of 2 years (depending on the programme)

Programmes Available for Eiffel Scholarships

The Eiffel French Government Scholarship is specially made for students who are in pursuit of the Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree (PhD) programmes in France. The following areas of study are available for application in each of the two major programmes:

For Science and Technology

  • Biology and Health
  • Ecological Transition
  • Mathematics and Digital
  • Engineering Sciences

 For Humanities and Social Sciences

  • History, French language and civilization
  • Law and political science
  • Economics and management

Levels of Study

French higher education institutions who submit candidates to the Eiffel program agree to enroll them:

  • in courses leading to a master’s degree
  • in an engineering program
  • in a joint doctoral program (joint supervision of dissertation and/or dual degree), in partnership with a partner institution abroad.

Eligibility Criteria For Eiffel French Government Scholarship

Only candidates who possess the eligibility criteria will be considered for the scholarship. Before you commence your application, you are expected to check if you have the complete requirements for the Eiffel French Government Scholarship.

The eligibility criteria for the Eiffel French Government Scholarship include the following:

1. Nationality: Applicant mustbe of foreign nationality . Applicants with dual Nationality are not acceptable

2. Age: Applicant must be a student of age 25 or younger at the time of the application deadline ( Must have been born after March 31st 1997 ).

3. Access to other Scholarships: Applicants are not expected to be beneficiaries of other French government scholarship at the time of the application deadline.

4. Application Counts: Applicant must apply to the Eiffel Scholarship program for the first time. Applications rejected by Campus France during a previous selection cannot be represented. 

5. Language Proficiency: a minimum of C1 in French or in English is required depending on the field of study.

6. Number of Selected Institution: Must choose only one university to apply for the scholarship.

 7. Must apply for an eligible Master’s degree program

Requirements for Eiffel Scholarship Programmes

Apart from the general eligibility criteria as shown in the previous section, there are also other necessary requirements that applicants must meet depending on the programme and area of study applied for. The requirements may also differ based on the selected institution.

Below are the specific requirements for every programmes available in the Eiffel French Government Scholarship:

Law and Political Science

All Law and Political Sciences programs are taught in French
(some classes offered in English)

Private right

  • M1 General Private Law and Judicial Careers
  • M1 and M2 Business Law
  • M1 and M2 Intellectual Property
  • M2 General private law
  • M2 Civil liability and insurance
  • M2 Real estate transaction law

Notarial law

  • M1 and M2 Notarial Law

Environmental and urban planning law

  • M1 and M2 Environmental Law
  • M1 and M2 Cities and territories: urban planning policies and practices

Criminal law and criminal sciences

  • M1 and M2 Criminal Law and Judicial Careers
  • M1 and M2 Social sciences and criminology

Public Law

  • M1 Public law
  • M2 Law of local authorities
  • M2 Public business law
  • M2 Advanced public law

Social right

  • M1 Social and health law
  • M2 Social law of health
  • M2 In-depth social law
  • M2 Labor law and human resources management

European and international studies

  • M1 European and international law 
  • M1 and M2 European political science
  • M1 and M2 Trilingual lawyer
  • M2 Market law – choice of competition and consumption option
  • M2 Market law – choice of agro-food option
  • M2 European Union Law
  • M1 Maritime Law and M2 Law and Safety of maritime and oceanic activities

History of law and institutions

  • M1 History of Law and Legal Culture and M2 Advanced History of Law

Economics and Managements

All Economics and Management programs are taught in French 
(some classes offered in English)

Major in Econometrics, Statistics

  • M1 followed by M2 Applied Econometrics

Mention MBFA – Currency, Banking, Finance and Insurance

  • M1 followed by M2 Corporate Affairs and Risk Management Officer
  • M1 followed by M2 Management and international trade – Finance and logistics maritime shipping trading

Management, Consulting, Management

  • M2 Management of information systems
  • M1 followed by M2 Consulting and Research Professions
  • M2 Consulting and Research Professions
  • M1 followed by M2 Public Economy and Management GOPAS (Management of social protection and insurance bodies)

Master’s degreeEconomics of environment, energy and transport

  • M1 followed by M2 Economic analysis of Environment Sea Energy projects

Engineer Science

All Engineering Science programs at the UFR Sciences and Techniques are taught in French

Biology -Health

  • Master 1 Bioinformatics-BioStatistics
  • Master 2 GGBS (Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology)
  • Master 2 BBRT (Biology, Biotechnology and Therapeutic Research)
  • Master 2 Bioinformatics for biologists

IT :

  • Master 1 DS (Data Science (common course M1 ATAL course) – Taught at Polytech

VICO (Visual Computing) – Taught at Polytech

Material science :

  • Master 1 ENR New and Renewable Energies
  • M1 + M2 E-Mat Innovative Materials and Energy Systems

Electronics, electrical energy, automatic (EEA) :

  • Master 1 EEA (Electronics, electrical energy, automatics)
  • Master 2 CISE (Smart sensors and quality of electronic systems)

Civil engineering :

  • Master 1 TPMT (Public works and maintenance)
  • Master 2 TPMT (Maritime public works and maintenance)
  • M1 and M2 CRB (Design and construction of buildings)

Mechanical :

  • Master 1 Mechanics and Reliability of Structures
  • Master 2 Mechanics and Reliability of Structures

Environnment management

  • M1 Cartography and environmental management
  • M1 Ecosystems and marine bioproduction

Marine Technology

  • M1 TP2M Maritime Public Works and Maintenance
  • M2 TPM Public Works and Maintenance

Engineering programs at Polytech Nantes are taught in French

Engineering training

IT Engineer (INFO)

Electronic and Digital Technologies Engineer (ETN)

Materials Engineer (MAT)

Thermal Engineer – Energy (TE)

Civil Engineer (CG) – in Saint-Nazaire

Electrical Energy Engineer (EE) – in Saint-Nazaire

Process and Bioprocess Engineer (GPB) – in Saint-Nazaire

International Master programs at Polytech Nantes are taught in English

International Masters – Computer Science

  • M2 VICO – Visual Computing
  • M2 DS – Data Science
  • M2 EE – Electrical Energy   – in Saint-Nazaire
  • M2 WET – Wireless Embedded Technologies
  • M2 TE – Thermal Science and Energy
  • M2 MBE (Microalgae bioprocess engineering) – in Saint-Nazaire

Master program at Polytech Nantes in French

  • M2 Electronics, electrical energy, automatic (EEA) – Electrical Energy

History, language and French civilization

Masters in Arts, Letters and Civilizations
Comparative French Literature (LFC)

Course – Literature-Language course ( taught in English)

Antiquity Sciences

Course Master in Language Science

  • Master 1 FLE course
  • Master 2 FLE course

Master in History, mention Civilizations, Cultures and Societies

  • Master 1 History of Art and Material Culture
  • Master 2 History of Art and Material Culture

Top French Universities Accepting Eiffel Government Scholars

  • INSA Lyon
  • Institut Polytechnique de Paris
  • ESCP Business School
  • Emlyon Business School
  • École Polytechnique
  • Montpellier Business School
  • HEC Paris School of Management


The application for the Eiffel French Government Scholarship is done online and application portal in dependent on the Higher Education Institution in France or French University selected. A completed guide on the application for the scholarship is as give below:

First Step

Contact Campus France in your country of origin or the French Embassy’s Cooperation and Cultural Action Department, who can guide you and advise you on your study plans.

To learn about the procedures and deadlines for submitting an application, contact the international relations department of a French institution via its website, by e-mail or by telephone.

It’s up to you to choose the school or university that best fits your plans for studying in France.

All French higher education institutions can submit applications.

Second Step

Fill out the online application form from the selected school and submit.

Second Step

The institution accepts and supports your application for the Eiffel scholarship

The institution submits your application online via the dedicated Campus France website

Note: Applications submitted directly by students or by institutions outside France will not be accepted.

Documents Required For Application

Applicant of the Eiffel French Government Scholarship must send official translation of any document written in a language other than French or English Language. The following are the documents are necessary for the application:
1. Summary / Curriculum vitae: Here, you have to explain your academic and professional background (1-2 pages) . it should be written in French or English Language

2. Rankings: any document attesting to the candidate’s excellence: mention, rank, position within the class, number of students in the class, diplomas with the major/minor information, graduation date, mentions and final grades certified by the home institution.

3. The candidate’s professional project / personal essay, written in French or English. This document explaining should explain the choice of studying in France in relation to the academic background and future professional career. This presentation may be supported by a professional reference letter from someone from outside the institution (1-2 pages).

4. Academic Transcripts:  for the last three years referring to your academic career both in France and abroad

5. A photocopy of your passport showing the following information: surname, first name, date of birth and passport number. No other ID will be accepted

6. Language certificate or diploma if needed: This certificate is not applicable to candidates who are from countries where the official language is French.

You can click here for instructions about the application of the Eiffel French Government Scholarship

What Eiffel French Government Scholarship Covers

The Eiffel French Government Scholarship covers the following costs:

Living allowance

Master level

Eiffel scholarship recipients receive a monthly allowance of €1,181 in addition to certain direct services. 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 recipient. 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

Arrival 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. 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. 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 they 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.

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.

Recreation and leisure

Campus France offers weekend outings to allow recipients to relax for a few days and to meet other Eiffel recipients. Short stays of 3–4 days permit scholarship recipients to make touristic or cultural discoveries in a friendly and relaxed fashion.

Offerings include visits to French cities and regions and trips to European capitals. Shorter activities include sporting events, shows, cultural exhibits, and athletic contests. Calendars of offerings are updated every six months in your personal space on Campus France’s Eiffel program website.


  • Your place of residence
  • Your email address and telephone number
  • Certification of academic enrollment
  • Certification of enrollment in the national health insurance scheme (Sécurité Sociale)
  • For the purpose of monitoring your academic progress, Campus France will send you two documents each year that must be filled out and signed by your institution before being returned to Campus France. The documents are an evaluation form at the end of your first semester and a form reporting your performance at the end of the academic year.

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Eiffel French Government Scholarship Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate of the Eiffel French Government Scholarship is a minimum of 25% of the total applicants. This implies that out of the 100% of all the applicants, not less than one-quarter is going to be accepted for the scholarship.

For you to among those that will be selected for this scholarship, you must ensure that you have all the necessary requirements intact before the commencement of the application.

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