Are you looking for an opportunity to study in France? Do you want to pursue a master’s degree in a prestigious institution that offers excellence in research and teaching? If yes, then you might be interested in the International Selection Scholarship offered by the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris.
The ENS is one of the leading French institutions for higher education and research. It is a member of the Université PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres), which ranks among the top 50 universities in the world. The ENS aims to train the future leaders of academia, culture, and society by providing them with a multidisciplinary education and a stimulating intellectual environment.
The ENS and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation fund the International Selection Scholarship. It is intended to attract the best international students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential and motivation.
The scholarship is open to students of any nationality who are not older than 25 on December 31st of the year of application. Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing their undergraduate studies in a foreign university. They must also have an excellent command of the French language, as most of the courses are taught in French.
The scholarship is hosted by the ENS in Paris, France. The ENS is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a historical and cultural district of the city. The ENS offers its students access to a rich and diverse academic and social life, as well as a network of prestigious partners and alumni.
The scholarship covers the full tuition fees and a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros for three years. It also provides health insurance, social security, and cultural activities. The scholarship recipients are expected to live in one of the ENS residences, which offer comfortable and affordable accommodation.
Level and Field of Study
The scholarship is available for master’s level studies in the following fields: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Exact Sciences, and Life Sciences. The scholarship recipients can choose from a wide range of disciplines and programs offered by the ENS and its partner institutions within the Université PSL.
How to Apply
The application process consists of two stages: an online application and an oral examination. The online application requires the submission of the following documents:
- A curriculum vitae
- A motivation letter
- A detailed study project
- Two academic references
- Transcripts of previous studies
- A certificate of proficiency in French (if applicable)
The oral examination is conducted by a jury of ENS professors and external experts. It consists of two parts: a presentation of the study project and a discussion on the chosen field of study. The oral examination can be done either in person in Paris or via videoconference.
Countries that can Apply
The scholarship is open to students of any nationality, except for those who have French citizenship or who have studied in France for more than 10 months during the year of application.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicants must meet the following criteria:
- They must have completed or be in the process of completing their undergraduate studies in a foreign university.
- They must not be older than 25 years old on December 31st of the year of application.
- They must have a very good command of the French language, as most of the courses are taught in French.
- They must demonstrate outstanding academic potential and motivation in their chosen field of study.
The deadline for the online application is November 15th, 2023. The oral examination will take place in January or February 2024. The results will be announced in March 2024.