How can you secure a scholarship or financial aid?

How can you secure a scholarship or financial aid?

To receive financial aid, it is essential that you take action early! Find information as early as possible, during the year prior to your arrival in France.

Eiffel Scholarships

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries, to attract elite overseas students on master's, engineering and PhD courses. The Eiffel excellence programme is managed by Campus France.
Eiffel scholarship recipients are given a monthly stipend of €1,181 (master) or 1400 € (Phd) until they earn the diploma for which the scholarship was granted.

French Government Scholarships

The French government grants scholarships via the cultural and cooperation offices in the French Embassies of the original country. It is important to note, however, that the number of scholarships granted to undergraduates is low, as priority is given to students likely to enter post-graduate studies. The only criterion is the applicant's merit, as demonstrated in his university studies.

Other Scholarships for Future Scientists

Students in scientific post-graduate programmes can apply for ADEME scholarships (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management, ) for duration of three years at most. Students writing their thesis in the fields of computer sciences or automatics, meanwhile, may receive doctoral scholarships from INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Sciences or Automatics, ), for a two- to three-year period.

Where to find information

Campus France web site provides a list of scholarships and financial aid sources for students who wish to come study in France: .
You can also check the CNOUS Web site (National Centre for University and School Funds), at: 
Tip: don't overlook these other avenues
The scholarships offered by international institutions and non-governmental organisations are listed in a guide published by UNESCO: . Lastly, don't forget to look at the scholarships granted by your country of origin.
Note: to supplement your income, you can hold a student job. 

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