Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme in January 1999 to support French centers of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries to attract elite students from overseas. In 2005, the scheme was extended with the Eiffel Doctorate programme, addressing high-caliber PhD students. For greater clarity, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is now introducing a single application procedure for its Eiffel Scholarship and Eiffel Doctorate Scholarship programmes.
The new Eiffel programme thus covers two types of course:
1. Eiffel Merit Scholarship (Master programmes only): This program is addressed at top-ranking foreign students seeking to continue their higher education in France, at upper undergraduate or graduate level. They are available in three major fields: engineering, economics and management, law and political science. Candidates must be proposed by the French institutions which have already accepted them
2. Eiffel Doctorate Merit Fellowships: This program concerns doctoral candidates preparing dissertations jointly supervised by their home institution and a French higher education institution. It allows foreign doctoral candidates to spend one year in France (preferably the second or third year of their dissertations).
Ten-month co-tutored or co-managed component (preferably second or third year) of PhD course
The objectives of the Eiffel excellence programme run by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs remain unchanged, the first being to offer French higher-education opportunities for future public- and private-sector decision-makers in three priority areas: science; economics & management; and law & political science.
To know more, check EGIDE's website.