ENS International Selection Scholarships in France

Host: École Normale Supérieure
Level: ENS Diploma/ Masters Degree
Study in: France
Value: €1,000 Monthly
Course starts: September 2019
Deadline: 13 November 2018

France Scholarships

École Normale Supérieure (ENS) is a higher education establishment for pre-doctoral and doctoral studies (graduate school) as well as a top-level research centre in France. ENS counts fifteen departments for education and research, spanning the main disciplines in humanities and sciences. It is the 1st French institution in many rankings. Each year, École Normale Supérieure (ENS) organizes an international selection allowing the most promising international students, either in Science or in Arts & Humanities, to follow a Masters Degree and Diploma at the University. ENS Paris is situated in the very heart of Paris, in the “Quartier Latin”, which has been known for centuries for its rich intellectual and cultural activity. It is a wonderful place to live and learn.

Who is eligible?

International students

Field(s) of study

Master’s Degree at ENS (or one of ENS’ partner institutions), as well as ENS Diploma in the fields of Science or Arts & Humanities

Scholarship value

Monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for three years and a room on one of the ENS campuses.

Number of Scholarships

10 for students in Sciences and 10 for students in Arts and Humanities.
Each year, the international office receives 600 applications, but only 320 to 340 of them are complete with the eligibility criteria respected. Around 70 to 80 candidates are on the shortlist and come to Paris. 20 students are finally selected to become the scholarship holders of the international selection.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must not be after their 26th birthday when they apply
  • Candidates must not have applied to the International Selection before.
  • Candidates must not have lived in France more than 10 months during the academic year of the selection (September 1st – August 31st) nor the previous year.
  • Candidates must justify at least one year of undergraduate studies awarded by a foreign university during the calendar year preceding the start of applications.
  • Candidates justify at least two years of undergraduate studies in a foreign university, on the 1st of September following admission.

As an exception, the Director of ENS could authorize the application of a candidate whose academic background outside France is not standard.

Required Documents

Passport or ID card is not to be translated.
High school degree and university transcript must be in French or in English.

  • International selection Arts & Humanities: detailed application form, letter of motivation, study project and bibliography must be in French.
  • International selection Sciences: detailed application form, letter of motivation and study project can be either in French or in English.

Selection criteria

Application for the International selection are open from October 20 to November 9, 2017

  • If your file is complete, it is submitted to the jury.
  • If the jury selects your dossier, you are invited to take written and oral tests in Paris.
  • The marks obtained at the tests determine the list of admitted students.

NB: Applicants interested in the Department of Cognitive Studies can apply using the Science or Arts & Humanities forms indiscriminately. For more information, please visit the Cogmaster website.

How to apply

Application for the International selection are open from 20 October to 9 November 2017.
The application form and documents must be submitted before 9 November 2018.  It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Contact

Pôle Concours – SAE
École normale supérieure
45, rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris cedex 05 – France
Phone ! 33 (0) 1 44 32 28 01

Scholarship Website


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