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An expert panel has selected you from among many applicants to benefit from an excellence scholarship under the Eiffel scholarship programme run by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sustainable Development. This prestige programme provides support to foreign students chosen by the schools in which they will continue their studies..


Campus France, the French agency promoting French higher education, reception of foreign students and international mobility, is responsible for managing and monitoring your study stay in France. In order to become familiar with your rights and obligations, we invite you to review the practical details that follow. Feel free to contact Campus France if you need further information. When contacting the Agency, make sure to have your file number with you.

1 - Duration of Eiffel scholarship

Master’s course:

  • The Eiffel scholarship is granted to cover a set number of months in order to help the recipient follow the course for which his/her application has been agreed. Students will have to meet the academic obligations for each academic year of the course to continue to benefit from the initial scholarship.
  • Excluding language training, the scholarship may not exceed 12 months for a Master’s 2 course, 24 months for a Master’s 1 course and 36 months for an engineering degree course.
  • If the recipient follows a preliminary language training course he/she may receive his/her allowance during this training, for a maximum duration of two months. The cost of the training shall not be covered.
  • Optional trainings are not covered. Recipients may continue to benefit from their scholarship for a training period or an internship outside of their host university equivalent to 25% of the duration of their training period, to the condition that the aforementioned training or internship is part of the curriculum prepared.
  • If the course offers an international academic exchange, payment of the scholarship will be suspended for the period spent abroad, with no postponement being possible.
  • If an Eiffel recipient would carry out his/her training in an apprenticeship course with dual training in a company supported by a contract providing for a wage, the benefit from the Eiffel scholarship will be terminated at the start of the training.

PhD course:

  • Eiffel scholarships are granted for a period of up to ten months.
  • A language training taken during the main higher education course is available for law and political science courses on request from the French host centre. It is not available for science and economics courses.
  • Split stay: If approved by the selection commission, law students may split the ten months into a maximum of three stays lasting three to four months, over a maximum of three years, with students returning to their countries of origin between sessions. Only one round trip will be supported.

In order to receive the first payment of the scholarship, the recipient must begin his studies in his host university in France.

Higher education institutions are asked to immediately inform Campus France of any relevant event that may delay graduation.

2 - Amount of the Eiffel scholarship

  • The Eiffel programme does not cover tuition fees. Higher education centres are asked to apply the best possible financial conditions to Eiffel scholarship recipients.
  • Tuition fees at higher education centres directly monitored by the French Ministry of Education are waived for students benefitting from French government scholarship programmes.
  • Master’s courses : Eiffel scholarship recipients benefit from an allowance of 1,181 EUR (1,031 EUR of maintenance allowance plus 150 EUR of monthly compensation). In addition, the programme covers various expenses including a return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Recipients may also be eligible for housing allowance.
  • PhD courses: Eiffel scholarship recipients receive an allowance of 1,400 EUR. In addition, the programme covers various expenses including a return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. Recipients may also be eligible for housing allowance.
  • Payment conditions: The scholarship is paid monthly by bank transfer on a French account opened by the recipient at the start of the course. Bank account details (IBAN, SWIFT) must be transferred to Campus France.


1 - Housing allowance 

  • Private housing: If you are not living in a university residence but in a housing chosen by yourself, you can benefit, at your request, from an additional housing allowance. You will just need to send the receipt of the first rent payment, mentioning your name and address, as well as your landlord’s.
  • Housing allowance amount: The amount of allowance, whatever the local education authority (“académie”), is set at 115.00 EUR per month.
  • Special case of students for Paris and the Paris region: since October 1st, 2003, students accommodated by Campus France in France in an approved residence cannot benefit from the 115.00 EUR housing allowance any longer. Rent is indeed partly subsidized by the Eiffel program. The amount of this support depends on the residence.
  • Termination of housing allowance: If you are engaged in a stay out of France in an training institution or in an internship, and do not keep your housing in France, payment of the housing allowance will be terminated.
  • During a gap year, the payment of the housing allowance will also be terminated.

2 - Travel Journey to France:

•    The travel to France is covered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development only for scholarship recipients living out of France at the time of their selection. Issuance of the travel ticket is managed by Campus France only.
•    Special case: For PhD students in law who are allowed to split their scholarship in several stays, only one round trip will be covered.

Holiday travels are not covered.

Return trip:

•    The return trip is covered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and managed by Campus France under specific conditions (information will be sent by Campus France a few months before departure).
•    Recipients have one year after the end of the higher education course to benefit from their right to return.

3 –  Internships for scholarship recipients in master’s course and in engineering courses

  • The Eiffel scholarship may finance only one mobility trip out of France if it is compulsory in order to be granted the relevant degree. Only the monthly allowance will be granted, to the condition that the student sends a cover letter and the person managing the training provides a relevant offer stating:
    • The reason of the travel; 
    • The place of study, 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). 
    • After his/her retur, the student must provide a certification from the person in charge of the institution having welcomed the student that mentions the dates of the stay.
  • Internships: only compulsory internships required for obtaining a degree may be covered by the Eiffel scholarship programme.
    • Before the course starts the student must provide a cover letter from the host centre mentioning the duration, location and wage..
    • In the case of paid internships, the student must provide the agreement of the host institution mentioning the amount of the wage received. If the student can't meet this requirement, Campus France will interrupt the payment of the scholarship until reception of the internship agreement..
  • During a gap year, payment of the grant will be suspended.


Coverage under students’ health insurance scheme:

  • If the student meets the following conditions:
    • under the age of 28 on October 1st of the current academic year; and
    • registered in a higher education institution approved by the health insurance system. 
  • Then the student must register to the health insurance plan specifically designed for students; the student will be exempt from paying health insurance contributions due to his/her status of French Government scholarship recipient.
  • In addition, it is mandatory to register in a students' mutual insurance plan. Campus France will refund up to 264 EUR upon presentation of payment receipt of the contribution for the year in progress.

Coverage by Campus France:

  • If the student does not meet the conditions to register in the student’s health insurance plan, he/she will be covered directly by Campus France, which will provide all information needed regarding social risk insurance scheme and on process to follow in the event of an illness. Campus France's health insurance cover is strictly personal and does not extend to the student's family.

In the event of hospitalization:

  • In accordance with the circular of the Minsitry of Education NOR: MENS1509669C, # 2015-101, appendix 4, section 2.2 of the 9th of June 2015 regarding the granting conditions of higher education scholarships based on social criteria and of financial support to international mobility for the year 2015-1016: "When a student, holder of a higher education scholarships based on social criteria must hold his students during the academic year for life-threatening medical reasons (medical treatment, hospitalisation), he/she must inform the scholarship management services and send them all necessary proof. In such cases, holding the studies doesn't forfeit the payment of the scholarship during the concerned period."

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•    Eiffel scholarships are awarded for a course of study which purpose and duration are predefined.
•    For Eiffel scholarship recipients, participation to courses and activities in the frame of the training programme is mandatory. It is also compulsory to attend all exams and comply with regulations of the host institution.
•    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sustainable Development has the right to terminate all payments of the scholarship if the recipient's activities do not comply with the objectives of the programme.
•    Eiffel scholarship recipients must contact Campus France for a registration certification regarding the current year as soon as the training starts.
•    Recipients must inform Campus France of any internship taken before its start or journey planned abroad.


Campus France offers:

•    Weekend outings, so that you can relax for a day or two, meet other scholarship recipients and explore a French city, French region or European capital;
•    Short stays for a period of 3 to 4 days. It is a touristic and cultural discovery of a region of France or an European capital in a relaxed and warm atmosphere;
•    Sports, recreational and leisure opportunities;
•    Shows, to give you a glimpse of French cultural life.

Two catalogs per year are available in your personal space on our Website. All activities benefit from special rebates to adapt them to student budgets. The Reception and Offers service is available at

Campus France remains available for any help you might need during your stay. Feel free to contact us:

We wish you a pleasant stay and success in your studies in France!