The French Embassy offers programs designed to help students pursue their studies in France at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels:
CampusFrance USA is a service of the French Embassy that promotes French higher education programs throughout the world, offering international students a pathway to success through post-secondary study in France. CampusFrance’s role extends from home country to host country and from answering prospective students ’first inquiries right down to helping them plan their stay in France and their return home. CampusBourses is a resource directory for grants and scholarships provided by national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fellowship program and the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship program have different modes of selection but they are both highly prestigious and merit-based.
Chateaubriand recipients receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fellowship program
Every year, it allows PhD students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in a French laboratory (public or private) for a 4 to 10 month period of time.
This program has two main goals:
- To allow American students to benefit from an experience in one of the best laboratories in France
- To develop scientific cooperation between France and the United States.
Chateaubriand recipients receive:
- Monthly allowance (1400 euros)
- Travel support
- Health insurance abroad
The research should be performed in a French university, a school of engineering, a national laboratory or a private enterprise, with a link to a Doctoral School. Co-sponsoring by the interested French institution or company is possible and encouraged.
The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship program
HSS Chateaubriand targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.
HSS Chateaubriand grantees are applicants who answer the program’s criteria of excellence and whose sojourn in France will support the program’s philosophy. The HSS Chateaubriand fellowship program’s purpose is to foster bilateral cooperation at Ph.D. and research level, and to build and strengthen bridges between our two nations.
Student Aid in France
The French Government offers aid to international students with student visas upon arrival France through the CROUS (Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires). To locate your nearest CROUS office, visit the national directory CNOUS (Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires). Aid for student housing is available through the CAF (caisse d’allocations familiales). The amount of aid offered to students is based on a number of criteria including revenue, marital status, type of lodging, etc.
Two types of support are available, the APL (aide personnalisée au logement) and the ALS (allocation logement à caractère social). Your local CROUS will provide you with the details on the different advantages of each program. They can also provide information about specific financial aid programs in your city or your region of residence (ask for the addresses of the local Conseil Général and/or Conseil Régional). Some cities even offer free French language lessons.