France opens 2 scholarship programs for Filipinos

MANILA – The French Embassy in Manila is now accepting applications for two government scholarship programs for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The first program, called “PhilFrance Scholarships”, targets highly qualified candidates who have demonstrated strong academic and leadership qualities in their academic and professional activities.

Scholarship holders can pursue a master’s taught in French higher education institutions, public or private, in all academic disciplines.

They will obtain the status of French government scholarship holder (French government scholarship holder) and will benefit from a scholarship, a return ticket from Manila to France, a waiver of visa application fees, a monthly subsistence allowance covering the duration their studies, a healthcare package and priority access to public student residences.

The second program, called the PhilFrance – Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholarship, is aimed at Filipino professionals working in academic, research or government institutions who wish to pursue master’s or doctoral studies in French public universities, as well as as in strengthening cooperation and scientific exchanges between France and the Philippines.

The PhilFrance-DOST scholarship program prioritizes the following fields of study: Agriculture, Bioengineering, (Medical) Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Climate Change, Forestry, Health and Medical Research, Materials Science, Medical Chemistry, Natural Resources and Environment, Application nuclear to health, nuclear medicine, veterinary sciences and virology.

Winners of the PhilFrance-DOST scholarship will be granted the status of French government scholarship holder (French government scholarship holder) and will benefit from a public university registration fee waiver, a return ticket from Manila to France, a visa application fee waiver, a monthly subsistence allowance covering the duration of their studies, a relocation allowance, pre-travel expenses, a health care package and priority access to public student accommodation.

Selected applicants of the PhilFrance-DOST scholarship must return to the Philippines immediately upon graduation to render return service or a period equivalent to twice the time they spent in France for their degree .

Interested candidates must submit their application via the PhilFrance scholarship website no later than April 4, 2022 at noon.

Since 2016, the PhilFrance scholarship program has funded the studies of more than 65 Filipinos who have been able to pursue their higher education in French language and literature, commerce, public policy and international development, engineering, mathematics, marine biology, applied chemistry, science of environment and ecology, physics, computer science and public health in several of the most prestigious French higher education establishments.

These include the University of Aix-Marseille, the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP), the École Polytechnique, the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Toulouse, Sciences Po and Paris-Saclay University. (NAP)