Financial aid from different institutions is available for international students. However, there are a few key points to bear in mind if you wish to obtain a grant to study in France.
- You can dowload the document “Funding opportunities for Foreign Students” (pdf)
The admission into the French higher education institution and the application for a scholarship are two independent processes managed by distinct organizations, even if the academic institution is involved in the grant allocation process, as it is often the case. At PSE there is no integrated “admission through scholarship” system.
You must be aware that you should start looking for funding and investigate the possible sources as early as in October, one year before you start your studies.
The application procedures usually open in December, with deadlines as early as in January. You will encounter grants where candidates apply for funding directly and individually (e. g., government scholarships) as well as grants where applications are sent through the Higher Education institution the candidate wishes to be part of. In such a case, it is the institution accepting the candidate for its training that presents his/her application file for the grant (IDF, Eiffel).
At the PSE, the admission process deadline in some cases do not meet the calendar of grant allocation deadlines. We do not issue admission letters before the official admission process outcome (April) nor support candidates that are not yet officially accepted into our programmes. However, do not hesitate to contact the PSE masters secretariat for any other type of document of support for your grant application (letter of eligibility, letter of file reception etc).
A limited number of Masters fellowships are available at EHESS. French and European students can apply to those after they have been admitted into the programme.
You are advised to contact the EHESS Student Information Office who can help students in their search for funding.
We invite also all the future PSE students to explore the different funding possibilities in more detail available on the website of Campus France through the grant search engine.
Financial support from the AFD
A number of financial aid grants funded by The Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are available for PPD students from developing countries to participate in the programme.
This aid (between 300 and 600€ per month) comes in form of a housing scholarship that covers part or the entire amount of the housing expenditures of students during the two years of the master curriculum. Only students from low or middle income countries entering the M1 year of the PPD Masters (admitted and participation confirmed) are eligible, based on social, geographical & academic criteria. Full information on the application process and the number of scholarships available is sent to new M1 students in July.
Foreign Students: Prepare Your Stay in France
Be autonomous and proactive!
The main mission of the French universities is to provide an education of excellence at a low financial cost for the student. Nevertheless, the downside of this policy is that they offer very little personalized service to individuals. Foreign students must be autonomous in their endeavors to get settled in France and fulfill the necessary administrative procedures.
Even though the PSE does not provide a dedicated service, students admitted to one of the masters’ programmes are welcome to contact the International Mobility Assistance Service (Acc&ss) at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris before or on their arrival to receive support and solutions to the problems they are experiencing while getting settled in Paris.
Successful candidates to the Master programme will receive, with their admission letter, all the details about this service.