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Scholarships to Study in France

Every year, the French Embassy in India along with French
companies award scholarships totalling up to Rs. 7.1 crore to more than 300 meritorious young Indian graduates who wish to pursue their higher education in France.

As higher education in France is highly subsidized, French Universities charge minimal tuition fees, to French and International alike. Public and private “Grandes Écoles” (literally in French "Grand School" or "Elite School") also get funding from the State. Their tuition fees can be much lower than in other foreign institutions of similar academic standing.

If a student wishes to study in France, he/she will nevertheless have to plan a budget for room and board, medical insurance, internet access and other living expenses. Indian applicants with outstanding academic records, who seek financial support to study in France, have a number of funding options.

French Government provides the given below scholarships
  • The Charpak scholarship
  • Raman – Charpak Fellowship
  • Alliance Française Scholarship
  • The Eiffel Scholarship
  • Assistants d'anglais
The Charpak scholarship
The Charpak scholarship program is run by the French Embassy in India. It offers three types of funding:
  • The Research Internship Program
This program is designed for all students of economics, engineering and science background at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels who plan to train at French Institutions during their academic break (May to July).
  • The Exchange Program
This program is designed for exchange students for a period of one to four months (duration of an academic semester) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level.
  • The Master’s Program
This program is designed for one to two years of studies in France at the Master’s degree level
The Internship program is reserved for economics, engineering and pure sciences students. The Exchange and Master's programs are open to all Indian Students, from all academic backgrounds.

Selection Procedure
Application will be shortlisted on the basis of academic record, as well as the consistency and quality of applicant’s statement of purpose. Knowledge of French will be an asset but not mandatory. For master’s scholarship applicants, a tie-up between applicant’s current Indian institution and his/her future French Institution will also be an asset.

Scholarship for all three programs
  • Free student visa, including CEF fee waiver (12500 INR approx)
  • Monthly stipend (duration and amount vary as per the program) for up to 10 months (= 1 academic year)
  • Medical insurance coverage (300/year approx)
  • Assistance to find affordable student accommodation
Raman – Charpak Fellowship
This program intends to develop and strengthen Indo-French scientific cooperation through close collaboration between Indian and French laboratories. The fellowship is a single-phase fellowship scheme for PhD research scholars at an Indian or French Research Institute / University. The scheme provides an exposure and experience about the current research methods and trends in France/India, while discovering another cultural context.

It is an opportunity for PhD students to carry out part of their research work (for three to six months) in a foreign University / Institute based in France or India.

Fellowship benefits
  • For Indian students in France: 1300 Euros per month including accommodation charges plus Social Security charges, paid through Campus France.
  • For French students in India: Rs. 40,000 per month plus accommodation charges not exceeding Rs. 45,000 per month.
  • Air ticket (one return airfare in economy class between India and France) Insurance coverage (travel & health).
  • Any administrative costs for Visa and Registration (e.g. « Centre pour les Etudes en France » (CEF) registration in France).
Please note that no support will be provided for the family members during the Fellowship period.

Alliance Française Scholarship
The Alliance Française scholarship is open for one to two years of studies in France at the Master’s degree level. There are many Alliance Française branches all over India for teaching French.

The applicant must
  • be an Indian national and reside in India
  • not be more than 30 years old at the time of application
  • any other criteria as stipulated by the particular Alliance Française
Scholarship benefits
  • Free student visa, including Campus France fee waiver
  • Medical insurance coverage
  • Assistance to find affordable student accommodation
  • Full tuition fee waiver at public universities or partial tuition fee waivers by other institutions, according to their individual policies, please contact them directly for the waiver.
The scholarship will be awarded for 10 months for the period September 2014 - June 2015. It can be renewed for another 10 months upon re-application, please note that the renewal is not automatic.

Application Process
Contact concerned Campus France counsellor for the application form and email the applications to them with the following documents
  • Application form duly filled, signed, printed and scanned
  • Scanned copy of the first page of the passport (with photo and expiry date).
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • Scanned copy of admission/acceptance letter from the French higher education institution. If not received it before the deadline, attach an email correspondence to show that you are in the process of getting the acceptance letter from them
  • Attested (by a gazette officer or the Head of the institute where you studied/are studying) scanned copies of mark sheets of Higher Secondary School (XII), Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (including those of completed semesters of the ongoing degree)
  • French language certificate if any (from Alliance Française in India or any recognized university or applicant’s X marks card if French was his/her second language)
He/she can apply for both Charpak Master’s and Alliance Française scholarship at the same time.

The Eiffel Scholarship
The Eiffel Scholarship program is offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Campus France.

  • Living expenses (1200 euros / month)
  • Travel expenses
  • Health insurance
  • Accomodation (guaranteed by Campus France)
  • Academic fields: Engineering, Management, Political Science and Law
  • Level: Masters & PhD
  • Age limit: 30 years old
  • Paperwork: The Eiffel application form must be filled and sent to your prospective French institution of higher studies along with you application form
  • To apply: While making a request for admission to a French institution, you just have to mention that you would like to be nominated for the Eiffel scholarship. The University/Institution applies on behalf of the student. To ensure adequate reaction time please make your admission applications by November of the year preceding your intake (i.e, Nov 2013 for the September 2014 intake).
  • Application form and further details on the Campus France Paris website
A student cannot directly apply for the Eiffel Scholarship. It is the institute where he/she is seeking an admission that shall nominate his/her to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, should the institute finds his/her candidature worthy.

Assistants d'anglais
The applicants who have a good level both in French and in English, he/she may then:
  • Teach English in France
  • Attend courses in French Universities
  • Discover France
The Indian Tutors teaching English program
This program, jointly proposed by the Embassy of France and the French Ministry of National Education, enables each year to a wide number of foreign students who are learning French to become more familiar with the language and culture of France while ensuring within French Secondary Schools and Institutes of higher learning, the authenticity of their language and the richness of their culture.

  • must be an Indian national
  • must not being part of this program in the past
  • must be less than 30 years old at the date of 1st October 2013
  • must hold the IELTS certificate from the British Council
  • must justify a B1 level of the Alliance Française or a B.A. in French from an Indian University

This program aims at
  • offering a stay of linguistic and cultural discovery through a direct contact with France while ensuring 12 hours a week of teaching
  • easing the learning of additional knowledge and skills in the academic context of French studies. The Indian Tutors must, as much as possible, take courses in a French University as an auditor
  • favoring friendships and mutual consideration between French and Indians, thus renewing and enhacing mutual understanding between our two cultures
The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.
Published date : 20 Jul 2014 06:19PM

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