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How can I find and apply for scholarships?

French public institutes and the Erasmus+ program offer a large number of scholarships for foreign students to help them finance their studies in France and Europe.

There are three main types of scholarships:

1. Scholarships offered by French government
2. Scholarships offered by Indian Embassy specially for Indian students
3. Scholarships offered by universities

Scholarships offered by French Government


Campus Bourses (Campus Scholarships) provides information on the scholarships 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 which corresponds to your profile.


The French Foreign Ministry awards many different scholarships to foreign students. 25% of these scholarships are directly financed by the Ministry in the framework of Eiffel (for Master’s or Doctoral level studies or Major programs) or the best foreign students who have graduated from French high schools abroad. The rest is provided by French embassies abroad.

Find out directly from the Campus France office (Cochin) to find out which scholarship programs you are eligible for.


The French Ministry of Higher education and Research also awards scholarships 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 organizations 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 scholarship programs to enroll foreign students. To find out more, contact their international relations department.


French regions and towns allocate scholarships to foreign students enrolled in programs in their region. They also award doctoral and postdoctoral grants managed by the institutes of higher education and research. Regional scholarships may also be allocated to foreign students as part of exchange agreements with foreign institutes.


The Erasmus + is a European Union program which supports education, training, youth and sports. 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 €.

The Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s offer is a study program which awards scholarships 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 program in at least two countries participating in the program. Several French institutes of higher education offer joint Master’s programs.

In the framework of bilateral agreements between institutes of higher education, Erasmus+ also offers mobility scholarships from and to France. They cover removal and accommodation costs. Find out more from the institute you are enrolled in.

Offered by Indian Embassy specially for Indian students

The Charpak scholarship program is run by the Embassy of France in India.
The Charpak scholarship program offers three types of funding for Bachelors and Masters Level.
a. Research Internships
b. Exchange Programs
c. Master’s Degree Programs
B. Franco-Indian Education Trust

The Franco-Indian Education Trust is a joint initiative of the Embassy of France in India and Mr.Prashant K Lahoti, Managing Trustee of Krishnakriti Foundation and co- founder of Kalakriti India. It supports mobility of students, faculty, researchers and young professionals moving from India to France and vice-versa. They are given access to training or academic programs through grants, scholarships and fellowships

SCHOLARSHIPS by specific universities

In addition to French government, Franco-Indian Education Trust and co-financed scholarships, students may apply for scholarships offered by French higher education institutions.

A. Emile-Boutmy scholarship

Named after the founder of Sciences Po, the prestigious institution offers an Emile-Boutmy scholarship to international students whose profiles match the admissions priorities and individual course requirements.

B. Universite Paris Saclay IDEX Scholarship

Universite Paris Saclay offers IDEX scholarship to international students enrolled in a Master’s program offered by the university or its member institutions. The scholarships are offered for a duration of 1 or 2 years depending on the admission level (M1 or M2).

C. ENS Paris Saclay
École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay offers scholarships to international students planning to pursue a Master’s degree or carry out PhD research work at one of the ENS Paris-Saclay laboratories. The scholarship program is also open to students in their last year of Bachelor to PhD, enrolled in a university abroad to carry out a research stay. 

D. Rennes Business school
Rennes School of Business offers a wide range of scholarships GRP (Global. Responsible, Pioneer) to promote academic excellence as well as GRP profiles. The scholarships are open to all applicants admitted to the school and to the students already enrolled in one of the school’s programs.

ISAE SUPAERO is one of the world’s leading institutes in aeronautics, located in Toulouse (South-East of France) and MBDA is a major European defence company. The company MBDA offers 8 fellowships for Indian applicants for ISAE AMA and AESS master’s programs. This fellowship covers tuition fees and part of living expenses (5 000 €/year).

F. EDHEC Business School
EDHEC Business School is one of the fifty Business Schools worldwide to hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA offering consistently top ranked English-taught Masters programs in Business Management and Finance. For funding opportunities, contact school for more information

– Inlaks Scholarships (University Courses)
– Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship for SC etc. candidates
– Go Clean Scholarship
– BrokerFish International student scholarship
– Global Study Awards

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