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French Scholarships for Indian Students

by Anup chowdhury

French Scholarships for Indian Students – Frances strong academic and artistic tradition continues to grow in the modern day as well. As the country is becoming one of the most popular destinations for international students, the major advantages of studying in France are high quality of education, low tuition fees and great French living style. This country is among a very few European countries which invest a lot in research and education. Every year, the French Embassy in India along with French Universities and companies award scholarships of over INR 7 crores to more than 500 meritorious young Indian students who wish to pursue their higher education in France. These scholarships help students pursue UG to PhD level studies in France.

We have listed the top scholarships (Govt/Private) for Indian students to study in France. Details like eligibility, awards, etc., about some of the most popular scholarships which Indian students can obtain are highlighted below.

French scholarships for Indian students – Why choose France for studying abroad?

France is one of the largest countries in Europe. It is bordered by six nations: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest.

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Given below are some good reasons that show the benefits of studying in France.

  • Post-secondary programs in France are subsidised. The French government subsidizes a large share of the actual cost of higher education (EUR 14,000 per student per year).
  • There are 3500 public and private institutions which makes up the quality French higher education system.
  • France ranks 6th in the world in terms of spending on research and development. 16 of 55 field medals have been awarded to French nationals. 41.1% of the doctoral candidates in France are international students.
  • According to UNESCO, France has become the most appealing country for international students.
  • France is home to many of the worlds top 100 most innovative companies than any other country in Europe. It is favourable to innovation and young entrepreneurs.
  • France is worlds 5th largest economy. Its gross domestic product ranks second in Europe, and the country is Europes second largest market.
  • It has more than 40,000 monuments and protected sites.
  • French is the second most widely used language after English.
  • France is home to 31 of the worlds 500 largest corporations.

French scholarships for Indian students – Top French Universities

France boasts of 31 entrants in the QS World University Rankings 2020, 10 of which are ranked within the worlds top 300.

Top 5 French Universities

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Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL)



cole Polytechnique



Sorbonne University






cole Normale Suprieure de Lyon

French scholarships for Indian students – Scholarships to Study in France

In the website of the Campus France, students can find information on several types of international scholarships (Government or Non-Government). They are advised to also check this link to find a funding aid.

We have listed some of the scholarships (Govt/Non-Govt/University specific) which international students can apply to fund their education in France.

  • French Ministry Scholarships
  • Charpak Scholarship
  • Erasmus+
  • Merit Scholarships – Eiffel Excellence Programme
  • Emile Boutmy Scholarship at Sciences Po University
  • Sciences Po Rene Seydoux Scholarship in France
  • Scholarships of Excellence for Masters Degrees at Paris Dauphine University
  • Labex DigiCosme Master Awards for International Students at the University of Paris-Saclay
  • Stephen M. Kellen Undergraduate funding for International Students in France and Germany
  • PRESTIGE Postdoctoral Research International Fellowships
  • IARC WHO Senior Visiting Scientist Award
  • IESEG School of Management MSc Scholarships
  • Franco Indian Education Trust

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Lets explore some details about some of the top French scholarships for Indian students in the next section.

French Ministry Scholarships

French government awards various scholarships to international students. 25% of the scholarships are directly financed by the Ministry in the framework of the Eiffel Excellence programme (Masters and PhD studies) or major programmes (for foreign students who have graduated from French high schools abroad)). The majority of the scholarships are awarded by the Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments (SCACs) in French Embassies and consulates abroad. Applicants should directly contact the SCAC of French embassy or consulate in their country of origin to obtain comprehensive scholarship information. The scholarship is categorised into the following: study scholarships, training grants and high-level science scholarships.

To know more details on best colleges in France, read top universities in France article here.

Merit Scholarships – Eiffel Excellence Programme

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher educational institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programmes. It gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors and encourages applicants of up to 30 years age from developing countries at masters level, and applicants of up to 35 years age from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.

The programme is being run since 15 years and gets 1500 applications per year. Masters degree holders applying for this programme should not be more than 30 years of age on the day the selection committee meets him/her while doctorate students should not be of more than 35 years of age. Applications are put forward by the French host institutions. Masters students get a monthly stipend of EUR 1181 and doctoral students receive a stipend of EUR 1400 per month.

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Emile Boutmy Scholarship

Emile Boutmy Scholarship is awarded to top students whose candidature match the admissions criteria of Sciences Po. Sciences Po ranks amongst the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences in the world. The eligible students must be first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, whose household does not file taxes within the European Union and must be admitted to Undergraduate or Master’s programme. This scholarship is awarded based on merit and according to the type of profile sought for this programme. Social criteria are also taken into account.

For pursuing Bachelors programme at Sciences Po, a tuition grant of EUR 7,300 per year for three years along with part of the cost of living of EUR 5,000 per year is available. For Masters programme, a grant of EUR 10,000 per year to cover tuition fees and a tuition grant of EUR 5,000 per year is available. The application is filled by December of a given year.

Charpak Scholarship

It offers international scholarships at Bachelors and Masters level of studies in France. Charpak masters programme is for 1-2 years in all fields of studies. There are two types of Charpak Masters scholarship: Charpak AME scholarship, Charpak BCS and a travel grant.

An applicant should be an Indian national and residing in India. Students must be currently enrolled at an Indian Institution of higher learning or a be a young professional employed in a company for a maximum of 3 years at the time of application and be of maximum 30 years of age at the time of application. The scholarship application will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, consistency and quality of your statement of purpose.

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Erasmus +

Erasmus + is a European Union programme that supports education and training. Over two million students can benefit from a mobility bursary in Europe. Erasmus Joint Masters programme offers scholarships to the best students from around the world for 1-2 years.

French Scholarships for Indian students – Tuition fees & Cost of Living

Tuition rates are low in public institutions because the French government subsidizes higher education. The French government will continue to pay most of the cost of your degree programme in a public institution of higher education. Tuition charges for academic year 2019-20 for EU students: EUR 170 per year at the Bachelors level, EUR 243 per year at the master’s level, EUR 601 per year in a School of Engineering and EUR 380 per year at the Doctoral level. For Non-EU students, tuition fee is EUR 2,770 per year at the Bachelors level and EUR 3,770 per year at the masters level.

Cost of living includes accommodation costs from EUR 120 to EUR 380 per month, food costs from EUR 130 to EUR 150 at university restaurants per month, health care costs from EUR 380 to EUR 750 per month and miscellaneous items such as transport & leisure cost EUR 100 per month.

French Scholarships for Indian students – Visa

To study in France, you need to obtain a student visa. The visa pricing for Non-EU country student is EUR 99. Adhere to the following conditions to obtain the visa:

  • He/she must be over 18 years of age
  • They must have already chosen training course or studies to pursue in France
  • They must have been accepted into higher institution programme.

For more application procedures, visit the link here

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