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Scholarships for Indians to study in France

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Krusha Khakhar

Updated Mar 23, 2024
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Studying in France can be quite an adventure – it’s a rich blend of culture, remarkable history and world-class education. From the bustling streets of multicultural Paris to the picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux, every corner of France is ready to be discovered during your study abroad journey. 

If you’re an Indian who is looking to study in France, here are some scholarships that can make your education more accessible and your dreams more achievable. Whether you want to study science, engineering, management, environmental science, art, gastronomy or even film writing, we’ve got you covered. 

French Excellence Charpak scholarships 

French Excellence Charpak is a French government scholarship programme in India that covers every level of studies that a candidate could think of – bachelor's programmes, master’s programmes, lab internships and even semester exchange programmes. 

The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of between €700-860 per month, student visa and Campus France fee waiver, and in some cases even assistance in finding affordable student accommodation.  

The eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply are unique to the type of Charpak scholarship you are applying for, so check out these scholarships to fund your studies. 

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship

The Eiffel Scholarship is provided by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and is open for master’s and PhD candidates of every nationality. The scholarship offers a monthly stipend of between €1,181 and €1,700, a round-trip flight ticket, national and local transportation to reach your university’s location, and more.  

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships to receive as a student in France, so don’t miss the application deadlines. 

Legrand Empowering Scholarship 

As part of the Franco-Indian Education Trust, this scholarship supports the education of Indian students from low-income families and children of armed forces personnel. It is awarded for one year, covers a monthly stipend and a visa fee waiver. 

Shikhar Thales Scholarship

This scholarship is also part of the Franco-Indian Education Trust and is offered at the master’s level in the field of engineering. It supports the education of meritorious Indian students from low-income families and covers a monthly stipend of €700, visa fee and Campus France fee waiver. 

Amba Dalmia Scholarship

The Amba Dalmia scholarship is also a part of the Franco-Indian Education Trust and aims to empower Indian women applicants to pursue their education in France in the fields of music, sports, theatre, cinema, gastronomy and arts. The scholarship consists of a monthly stipend and a visa fee waiver. 

French+Sciences Scholarship 

French+Sciences is a short-term language and scientific study programme for international university students who are majoring in science and technology. It is offered to candidates looking to learn or improve their French language while discovering a scientific and innovative environment while visiting France. The scholarship covers living allowance, airfare, accommodation, cultural activities, French language course, and more.  

Film and new media scholarships  

The La Femis scholarship offers a summer residency programme where students follow three weeks of classes, taught by professionals at La Femis institution on themes such as filming reality, writing, screenplay structure, script development, and more.  

The scholarship covers a monthly stipend, a return ticket to France, tuition fees, overseas medical insurance coverage, assistance to find accommodation and a student visa fee waiver. 

Raman Charpak Fellowship 

This fellowship offers Indian students to the opportunity to carry out part of their research work in a university or research & development institute based in France. The support offered includes a stipend of €1500 per month, a return airfare ticket in economy class between India and France, and additional support for participating in a seminar/workshop during their term of the fellowship. 

Co-financed scholarships 

Co-financed scholarships are joint ventures of the French Embassy in India and other educational institutions. These scholarships aim to financially support Indian students during their studies in France. Some co-financed scholarships are: 

  • ISAE-MBDA Programme of Excellence for India: Open to Indian students enrolling in the MSc in Aerospace engineering programme at ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse

  • EDHEC Business School co-financed scholarship: Open to Indian students interested in pursuing Master’s in Management Grande Ecole program at EDHEC Business School

  • Rennes School of Business co-financed scholarship: Open to Indian students interested in pursuing a management program at Rennes Business School

  • Sciences Po co-financed scholarship: Open to Indian students interested in pursuing a master programme at Sciences Po Paris

  • EPF Graduate school of engineering co-financed programme: Open to degree-seeking Indian students who want to pursue EPF’s Master’s in Data Engineering on-campus in Montpellier. 

  • Paris-Tech co-financed programme: Open to Indian students to pursue their engineering training at one of the five ParisTech schools. 

Make Our Planet Great Again (MOGPA)

The MOPGA Visiting Fellowships Programme for Young Researchers supports researchers working on topics related to: 

  • Earth system sciences 

  • Climate change and sustainability sciences 

  • Energy transition 

  • Societal challenges of environmental issues 

  • Human, animal, and ecosystem health as part of a ‘One Health’ approach 

40 fellowships will be awarded over a 12-month period from September 2023, with benefits such as a monthly stipend of €2,500, a moving allowance of €500, and more.  

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