Eiffel scholarships 2011-2012 for Masters and PhD

The French Ministry of Foreign and European 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.

2011/2012 Session timetable
•Application forms put online: 27 September 2010
•Deadline for reception of applications by Égide: 7 January 2011
•Announcement of results: week of 21 March 2011
Égide – Programme Eiffel
28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
75010 Paris
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You will be in contact with Égide, which is responsible for managing and monitoring your scholastic stay in France, for the duration of your grant. In order to become familiar with your rights and obligations, we invite you to review the practical details that follow. Feel free to contact Égide if you need further information.

1/ Duration of Eiffel scholarship
Master’s course :

•The Eiffel scholarship is granted to cover a set number of months in order to help prepare and pass the diploma, provided students have met the academic obligations for each academic year.

•Excluding language training, where applicable, the scholarship runs for up to 12 months for a master’s 2 course, up to 24 months for a master’s 1 course and up to 36 months for an engineering diploma course.

•A preliminary language training course of two month maximum duration can be paid for non French- speaking students at the request of the French host training institution in order to allow them to adjust to the training course in the best conditions. Students will receive their Eiffel allowances during this period.

•The centre submitting the application must clearly state the overall programme duration, including any compulsory practical components in France or elsewhere.
PhD course :

•Eiffel scholarships are granted for a period of up to ten months.

•Language instruction simultaneous with the main course may be available for the disciplines of law and political science, on request from the French host centre. It is not available for science and economics courses.

•Split courses: If approved by the selection commission, law and political science students may split the ten months into a maximum of three sessions lasting three to four months, over a maximum of three years, with students returning to their countries of origin between sessions.

•Centres are invited to inform Égide immediately of any event liable to delay graduation.

2/ Amount of Eiffel scholarship
•The Eiffel programme does not cover tuition fees, though the higher education centres concerned are invited to apply the best possible financial conditions to Eiffel scholarship-holders.

•Enrolment fees at state-run higher education centres are waived for students on French government scholarship programmes such as this.

•Master’s courses : Eiffel scholarship-holders on Master’s courses receive an allowance of €1,181. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.

•PhD courses: Eiffel scholarship-holders on PhD courses receive an allowance of €1,400. In addition, the programme meets various expenses including return travel (single return trip for law and political science students on multiple stays), health insurance and cultural activities. Scholarship-holders might also be eligible for additional accommodation allowance.

•Payment: The grant is paid monthly by bank/postal transfer into a French account opened by the grantholder at the start of the course. Bank account details should be notified to Égide.

1 – Supplemental housing allowance
•Private accommodation: If you are accommodated outside of the university residences, in a place of residence that has been chosen by our services, you can benefit, at your request, from an additional housing allowance. You will just need to show the receipt for rent payment, mentioning your name and address, as well as your landlord’s name and address.

•Amount of housing allowance: The amount of allowance, whatever your “académie” ( local education authority) , has been set at 115,00 euros per month.

•Special case of students of Paris and the Paris region: since October 1st, 2003, the students who have been accommodated by Egide in an approved and registered residence cannot benefit any longer from the 115,00 euros housing allowance. Indeed, their rent is partly subsidized by the Eiffel program. The amount of this support varies depending on the residence.

•Suspension of housing allowance: If you enroll in an educational establishment abroad and do not retain your housing in France, payment of the housing allowance is suspended.
2 – Travel
Journey to France:
•The journey to France is financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for scholarship holders residing outside France at the time of selection. Travel ticket issue is handled solely by Égide.

•Special case: For PhD students in law and political science, authorized upon selection to split their scholarship across several stays in France, a single return trip will be financed.
Holiday journeys are not financed.
Return trip:
•The return trip is financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and arranged by Égide to precise rules. Details should be sought from Égide several months before your departure.

•Entitlement to repatriation runs for one year after the end of your course.
3 – Study or long-stay research stays outside France for scholarship holders on master’s or engineering courses
•The Eiffel scholarship may finance one trip outside France if compulsory for obtaining the qualification for which the scholarship was granted. An application should be submitted by the student, along with a covering leter from the course coordinator giving the following details:

◦The reason for the travel;
◦The place of study or research (name and address of the host organization, name of the party in charge at the organization);
◦The duration of the stay (exact departure and return dates).

•Important: Compulsory mobility to the country of origin of the scholarship holder will lead to a suspension of both grant and additional allowances.

•Internships: only compulsory internships required for obtaining the diploma may be covered under the Eiffel scholarship.

◦Before the course starts you should produce a motivated letter from the host centre specifying the duration, location and remuneration.
◦For remunerated internships, payment of your allowance during the internship will depend on the amount of remuneration you receive. You will be asked to produce a copy of the internship agreement with the host centre, indicating the amount of the remuneration. If you fail to produce this, Égide may suspend your allowance.
Coverage under students’ health insurance scheme:
•If you meet the following conditions
◦You are under the age of 28 on October 1 of the current academic year; and
◦You are enrolled in an institution of higher education approved by the health insurance system,
◦Then you must join the students’ health insurance plan; you will be exempt from paying health insurance premiums.
•In addition, it is mandatory that you enroll in a students’ mutual insurance plan. Égide will reimburse you for up to EUR240 of the cost of the “Médiane” coverage of SMEREP upon presentation of documentation in proof of the premium paid for the year in progress.

•If you do not meet the conditions for membership in the students’ health insurance plan, you will be covered directly by Égide, which will give you all the information you need about health insurance coverage and the procedure to follow in the event of an illness.

Coverage by Égide:
•Égide’s health insurance coverage is strictly personal and does not extend to your family.
In the event of hospitalization:
• Your main monthly allowance and additional housing allowance will be kept up for the first two months in hospital.

•During the next two months, the main allowance is halved and the housing allowance kept up.

•From the fifth month, allowance payments are examined on case by case.

•Eiffel grants are awarded for a course of study whose purpose and duration are determined in advance.

•Eiffel grant holders are obliged to attend and to participate in all the activities of their educational program, and in particular to sit for all examinations and to comply with all the rules and requirements of the school in which the grant holder is enrolled.

•The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reserves the right to suspend payment of the grant if the grant holder engages in activities that are incompatible with the objectives of the Eiffel program.

•Scholarship-holders on Master’s courses should provide Égide with an enrolment certificate for the current year, at the start of each university year.

•Scholarship-holders on Master’s courses should inform Égide of all internships, practical courses and journeys outside France.

•Égide is eager to help you during your stay. Do not hesitate to contact us concerning any problems you may encounter (health-related, academic, etc.).
Égide offers:

•Weekend outings, so that you can relax for a day or two, meet other grant holders and explore a French city or region;

•”Exchange and discovery” tours, scheduled during university vacation periods and lasting from 8 to 10 days. These trips explore the tourist and cultural attractions of a French region, in a warm and informal atmosphere;

•Athletic, recreational and leisure opportunities;

•Shows, to give you a glimpse of French cultural life, through a selection of theatre plays, concerts, ballets and variety shows;

Application Deadline : 11 January 2011



One Response

  1. My name is Haileslassie Gebremeskel I am an Ethiopian young gay graduated with Bachelor Science in Horticulture on June 27, 2007 G.C form Jimma University. After I graduated I worked in governmental organization as agronomist for three years. Currently I am working in Ethiopian Institute Agricultural Research, Wondo Genet Agricultural Research Center under the Crop Research Process as Aromatic; Medicinal and Biofuel plants case team coordinator and junior researcher particularly focusing on breeding aspect of Aromatic and Medicinal plants.
    I tried to use all my effort to prepare relevant documents of the research out put for the different organization and institution including manual and scientific paper (as published in Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic plant Science and biotechnology Global Science Book, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2011).
    For me, it is not enough to explore my potential that is why I summon this opportunity to pursue my post graduate studies.

    With best regards

    Haileslassie Gebremeskel

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