The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to enable French higher education establishments to attract top foreign students to enroll in their master’s and PhD courses. Applicants to CIMET may apply to this scholarship, providing they contact us in due time (early application). This scholarship targets the very best students, applicants must be short-listed and “sponsored” directly by University Jean Monnet (coordinating institution of CIMET).

Grant awarded

  • Eiffel scholarship is a very generous scholarship that allow students to fully finance their master degree (24 months). Applicants can apply for a 12-months period in case they do not plan to undertake their master thesis in France.
  • Monthly allowance of 1181 € (up to 28,344 € of total grant awarded for the duration of the programme).
  • Students can also apply during the first year of the programme if they are short-listed by their academic coordinator, although
  • One international return journey (from place of residence to University Jean Monnet and back).
  • Social security cover.
  • Cultural activities.
  • Eiffel scholarship holders are eligible to French housing allowance.
  • Tuition fees (/ Participation Costs) are not covered by the Eiffel scholarship.
  • Number of scholarships available depends on your country if origin. We usually short-list 2 to 3 top applicants per programme maximum.

Eligibility criteria

  • A very generous programme… but very competitive. Only the very best students are selected.
  • Applicants must be born after the 07/03/1985.
  • Eiffel scholarships are offered to applicants to COSI or CIMET programmes. To benefit from this scholarship, you must comply with academic eligibility criteria for COSI  and CIMET.
  • Nationality: this programme is reserved for candidates of non-French nationality. Applicants with two nationalities, one of which is French, are not eligible.
  • Applicant must apply for a programme that allow them to complete at least 75% of their course in France. This means for CIMET applicants that they will have to undertake their master thesis in France if they apply for a 24-month scholarship.
  • 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 master’s level are not eligible to re-apply at master’s level.
  • The Eiffel scholarship cannot be held concurrently with either a French government scholarship, an Erasmus + grant or a scholarship from the “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie”. Any selected candidates who find themselves in this position must give up one of the two scholarships. If they decide to give up the Eiffel scholarship, they must inform Campus France, an operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, by letter.
  • Only applications submitted by French educational establishments are accepted. Applications submitted by any other means shall not be considered. Furthermore, any candidate nominated by more than one establishment shall be disqualified. This means applicants should first seek University Jean Monnet agreement to allow us to apply on applicant’s behalf (see application process bellow).

Selection criteria

  • Same selection criteria used to assess application to the programmes themselves are use to short-list applicants. These criteria are based on the overall academic achievements and motivation of the applicant.
  • The French French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development selected successful applicants in liaison with the cooperation and cultural action services of the French embassies of applicant’s respective countries. See 2016 Eiffel Vade-Mecum for more information.

How to apply

  • pre-selection = from 19 october 2015 to 30 November 2015

Applicants wishing to apply to Eiffel scholarship must first contact the Consortium and send a short CV and available transcripts of first years of bachelor’s programme. The academic coordinator will then (usually within 5 business-day) notify to the applicant if her/his application has been short-listed and will be sent for consideration to Campus France directly by the University Jean Monnet. Note that considering the very high level of selection, the academic coordinator may decided that the applicant have a profile good enough to be selected to the COSI / CIMET programme and other associated scholarships but not quite good enough for the Eiffel scholarship.

  • Applications = till 15 December 2015 at the latest

If short-listed, the Consortium administrative staff provide guidance and support to the applicant to build her/his application.

  • Notification of results = week starting 21 March 2016

Scholarship disbursement

  • Eiffel scholarship disbursement is not managed by University Jean Monnet but by Campus France.
  • In order to receive the first installment of the monthly allowance, Eiffel scholarship holders must have started their course of studies at the host establishment in France (i.e. be administratively registered at University Jean Monnet).
  • Eiffel disbursement is subject to the conclusion and satisfactory fulfillment of the student agreement between the student and the consortium.

[last update = 23/11/2015]