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French Government Master’s Excellence Grants for International Students

Deadline : April 5, 2020 .  

The French Government is Calling for proposals for financing of master’s excellence grants. Launched by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative has met with worldwide enthusiasm, generating expressions of interest from a large number of highly qualified students and researchers. International students may apply for support for one or two years of study toward a master’s degree by including in their application a letter of admission to a master’s program (first or second year) at a French institution of higher education.

Following the  framework of the initiative, France’s ministries of Europe and foreign affairs (MEAE) and of higher education, research, and innovation (MESRI) in collaboration with Campus France have implemented a program to encourage international students to pursue master’s-level training in earth systems, climate change and sustainability, the energy transition or societal challenges of environmental issues at French institutions of higher education. Master’s grants will be made annually under the program, beginning with the 2020 academic year.


Selected candidates will benefit from the following provisions

  • All successful applicants will receive an excellence grant in the amount of €1,190 per month over 12 months (for students enrolling in the second year) and over 24 months (for those enrolling in the first year) - funding for repetition is not possible.
  • Round-trip airfare will also be provided
  • Students will also benefit from free medical insurance.


To be considered for the program, you must fulfill the following conditions

  • Eligible candidates mus be coming from: Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New-Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.
  • You must possess or be pursuing a French licence or an equivalent undergraduate degree (Bachelor),
  • You must be exclusively of the nationality of one of the eligible countries (listed below)
  • You must reside in one of the eligible countries (listed below)
  • You must not have resided in France after April 1st, 2019. 
  • You must enroll in the master’s program before October 2020.

There are four broad research themes are prioritized:

  • earth systems,
  • climate change and sustainability,
  • energy transition,
  • societal challenges of environmental issues



In addition to completing an online application form, candidates should upload the following as part of their application:

Interested students should submit their study plans and include the following documents

  • CV,
  • most recent Diploma,
  • statement of purpose,
  • signed letter of admission into a French master’s program,
  • transcripts (of the past three years of study),
  • letters of recommendation (optional),
  • Passport or proof of ID.
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