Many sources of funding are available to help you finance your stay in France. Our grant search engine is a great place to start, and we’ve listed several of the most important scholarship programs for U.S. students below.

CampusBourses – the essential scholarship search engine

CampusBourses gives you information on financial aid and allows you to search for funding that fits with your needs and academic plans. From the Licence (Bachelor’s) to the postdoc levels, CampusBourses contains data on grant and scholarship programs offered by national and local governments, corporations, foundations and higher education institutions.

 

Major funding programs for students from the U.S.

Here are some of the major scholarships and grants you should be aware of, most of which are also listed in the CampusBourses database. Don’t forget to also contact the international offices at your home university in the U.S. and at your desired host university in France. Many institutions have their own scholarship programs, especially for students taking part in exchange programs!

  • Fulbright grants for study and research

The Fulbright program is the largest international exchange program in the U.S. Their programs help fund students and teachers pursue education in more than 150 countries, including France. The Fulbright student scholarship funds 20 students to study in France each year. The scholarships are given to those who have completed their Bachelor's degree and are preparing to start their Master's degree, and cover the cost of travel, housing, meals, medical services and research.

Full-year awards are available to support students while carrying out post-doctoral research projects or to participate as English Teaching Assistants.

There are also a few smaller Fulbright programs for training and research in specific geographic regions, such as the Fulbright/ENS Cachan for postgraduates and Master’s and PhD students to do research at the École Normale Supérieure Cachan.

 

  • Eiffel and Major scholarships

The Eiffel scholarship, financed by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, supports students who want to spend a year of their Master’s or PhD degree programs in France. The scholarship covers the cost of living and round-trip transportation to France. A fully funded two-month intensive French language course may also be provided.

The Major scholarship program is for former foreign students of French secondary schools abroad. The scholarship makes it possible for these students to complete an undergraduate (and in some cases a graduate) degree in France.

  • Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant is open to sophomore, junior & senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another disipline. The travel grant assists students who wish to accomplish a specific academic or professional project in France (studies, internship, specific visits).

  • The American Institute for Foreign Study

The American Institute for Foreign Study offers 40 scholarships of $1,000 each semester to undergraduate students going abroad for summer, a semester or a year.