French public institutes and the Erasmus+ programme offer a large number of bursaries for foreign students to help them finance their studies in France and Europe.
Campus Bourses: the indispensable tool for finding funding
Campus Bourses (Campus Bursaries) provides information on the bursaries offered to foreign students. The tool lists all of the assistance provided by the States (French and foreign), regional authorities, companies, foundations and institutes of higher education. Filter your search by nationality, field and level of studies to find the assistance that corresponds to your profile.
The Foreign Ministry's bursaries
The French Foreign Ministry awards many different bursaries to foreign students. 25% of these bursaries are directly financed by the Ministry in the framework of Eiffel (for Master's or Doctoral level studies) or Major programmes (for the best foreign students who have graduated from French high schools abroad). The rest are provided by France embassies abroad.
Find out directly from the Campus France space for your country to learn which bursary programmes you are eligible for.
The Ministry of Higher Education's bursaries
The French Ministry of Higher education and Research also awards bursaries to some foreign students, based on social criteria. To be eligible, students must have been residing in France for at least two years and be paying taxes in France. The Ministry also finances doctoral contracts managed by the Doctoral schools.
In France, public research is split between institutes of higher education and public organisations such as the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) which covers all fields of research, the IRD (Institute for Research and Development), the ADEME (Environmental and Energy Control Agency) and the IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea). In partnership with the regions, these public bodies finance research allocations for doctoral and post-doctoral students.
Finally, some institutes of higher education offer bursary programmes to enrolled foreign students. To find out more, contact their international relations department.
Bursaries from regional authorities
French regions and towns allocate bursaries to foreign students enrolled in programmes in their region. They also award doctoral and postdoctoral grants managed by the institutes of higher education and research. Regional bursaries may also be allocated to foreign students as part of exchange agreements with foreign institutes.
The Erasmus+ mobility bursaries for foreign students
Erasmus + is a European Union programme that supports education, training, youth and sport. Through it, over two million students can benefit from a mobility bursary in Europe: it covers the 2014-2020 period, with a budget of 14.7 billion Euros.
The Erasmus Mundus joint Master's offer is a study programme that awards bursaries to the world's best students for one or two years, regardless of their field of studies. To receive one, these students must take their master's programme in at least two countries participating in the programme. Several French institutes of higher education offer joint Master's programmes.
In the framework of bilateral agreements between institutes of higher education, Erasmus+ also offers mobility bursaries from and to France. They cover removal and accommodation costs. Find out more from the institute you are enrolled in.
The former Erasmus programmes are still active
Some joint doctoral programmes are still funded by the old Erasmus Mundus programme and still award bursaries. Nonetheless, European joint doctorates (EJD) that were set up in the framework of Horizon 2020, the European Union programme for Research and Innovation, will progressively replace them.
Some partnerships that came under the old Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme still offer mobility bursaries. Many projects associate at least one French institute.