PhilFrance Scholarship Program 2019: Apply Now!

The French Embassy to the Philippines is now accepting applications for the PhilFrance Scholarship Program AY 2019-2020. This is a CHED-PhilFrance Scholarship agreement, which grants full scholarships to a minimum of 10 faculty and non-teaching staff from Philippine higher education institutions to pursue their post-graduate studies in France. It is open to all deserving Filipinos who have shown strong academic, leadership and professional abilities, and who wish to study in France for a graduate degree (Master’s and PhD levels). The deadline for the submission of application will be on April 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Applications sent later than this date will not be considered by the Embassy unless prior authorization was given.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this scholarship program. you must possess the following criteria:

  1. You must be a Filipino citizen and residing in the Philippines at the time of application. Holders of dual citizenships are also eligible to apply, provided that one is Filipino and the other is not French.
  2. You must be a graduate or a graduating student of a Philippine higher education institution
    • For applicants to Master’s degree programs: final-year students or graduates of a Bachelor-level degree;
    • For applicants to PhD programs: final-year students or graduates of a Master-level degree

You do not need to speak French to apply for this scholarship except if the academic program you applied to requires candidates to be proficient in the French language.

Eligible Programs

You can choose any degree-awarding graduate program (Master’s or PhD) taught at a French higher education institution (public or private), in academic disciplines only.  You can use their online tools to help you find the English-taught graduate programs eligible for this scholarship grant. Keep in mind that vocational and technical disciplines such as culinary arts and fashion design are ineligible. Moreover, foreign higher education institutions based in France are also not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Requirements

Here are the documents needed for your application as required by the CHED- PhilFrance Scholarship. Make sure double-check your documents before submitting them. Applications that do not follow the instructions below will be rejected.

  • A one-page French-style curriculum vitae (CVdetailing your academic, professional and leadership experience. You can find format samples of it online.
  • An essay explaining your reasons for wanting to study in France and how your study abroad experience will benefit the Philippines and Filipino society, factoring in your field of study/expertise. The essay must not exceed 500 words and must be well-thought-of, convincing, and able to demonstrate your scholarly writing abilities. You are free to choose the format and topics covered in the essay, just as long as they respect the word limit. This essay will show your proficiency in academic writing and your ability to lay out a compelling argument in 500 words or less. Essays exceeding the word limit will be discarded along with the application.
  • An official copy of complete and most recent academic transcripts (university-level grades).
  • Letter/s of acceptance or proof of a completed application to graduate degree programs, issued by the French higher education institution (HEI) where you applied to. Applications submitted without a letter of acceptance OR an acknowledgment of application will not be considered.
  • Proof of financial resources (personal or household) such as the latest income tax return statement.

* Optional: Letter/s of acceptance, or acknowledgment/s of application, to other scholarship programs as long as these are not funded by the French government

* Optional: French proficiency test results (such as DELF) or a letter from a French language instructor detailing your writing and speaking proficiency levels

All documents must be in PDF format except for the essay, which must be submitted as a Word document. Additional documents (such as letters of recommendation) submitted without the Embassy requesting them, will not be accepted.

How to Apply

Go to this link: Apply now for PhilFrance Scholarships 2019. Fill-out the online form with pertinent information then attach the required documents. Finally, hit the submit button to complete your application. They will notify you, regardless of the outcome of your application. Deliberations take time and the release of results usually takes 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline. If you haven’t heard back from them by then, kindly contact them through email ([email protected]).

PhilFrance Scholarship Benefits

Accepted applicants will be given the status of boursier du gouvernement français (French government scholar) which entitles them to the following benefits:

1. A tuition fee subsidy for the entire duration of the graduate program

  • For state-regulated public universities:
    • Exemption from university registration fees (texonération des frais d’inscription à l’université)
      • For reference – University registration fees as of February 2019: €3,770 (about ₱220,000) per academic year for Master’s and Doctorate levels
  • For other French higher education institutions:
    • Partial tuition fee (frais de formation/frais de scolarité) subsidy, amounting to a maximum of €5 000 (non-negotiable) per academic year
  • This subsidy is not convertible to cash and it will be paid directly to the French higher education institution.

2. A monthly allowance of €700 (around ₱41,000) for Master’s or €1060 (₱62,0o0) for PhD candidates.

  • Includes a €700 installation allowance
  • Please note that the stipend may be suspended during internship periods (which are usually part of most graduate degree programs).

3. A health care package composed of mandatory sécurité sociale (national social security coverage) and a mutuelle (supplementary insurance policy)

4. Priority access to public student housing facilities.

What are you waiting for? Submit your application now and become a PhilFrance Scholar!

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