Financial Aid and Scholarships
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.
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.
- Teaching Assistant Program of the French Embassy
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers young Americans the opportunity to work in France for seven months teaching English to French students at the primary and secondary grade levels. The program provides individuals with the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience, improve their language skills, and experience French culture firsthand. Approximately 1,500 positions are available each year.
- 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.