PhilFrance scholarships are still open for applications for Filipinos

If you are a Filipino student looking for opportunities to further your education in Europe, look no further. The French Embassy in the Philippines has published a declaration on its website earlier this year encouraging Filipino students to study in France through the PhilFrance scholarship program and the PhilFrance-DOST scholarship programwhich are currently open for applications for the 2022-23 academic year.

Created in 2016, the PhilFrance scholarship program has funded more than 65 Filipino students study in France for their graduate degrees. Students can explore their academic interests in a wide selection of courses, including business studies, literature, engineering, public policy, and international development, among others. Their study destinations include leading French universities such as Paris-Saclay University, Aix-Marseille University, and École Polytechnique.

Postgraduate scholarships are aimed at highly qualified applicants who meet the eligibility criteria, including strong evidence of leadership qualities in their studies and non-academic activities. Here is some key information to check before submitting your application:

Why study in France?

Besides its stunning landscapes, architecture, culture and history, France is recognized as one of the world’s leading intellectual centers in every conceivable discipline. Three of its institutions are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world by the Times Higher Education in 2022. France is also one of the favorite study destinations for international students, and a French degree is recognized for employment and research worldwide.

What are the scholarships for?

The PhilFrance scholarship program is awarded to Filipino students who wish to study in France for their master’s degree in public or private French higher education institutions. Candidates from all fields of study are welcome to apply, especially candidates who have excellent academic records and strong leadership qualities.

Meanwhile, the PhilFrance-DOST scholarship aims to encourage Filipino professionals who work in academic, research or government institutions to pursue master’s or doctoral studies in French public universities.

Co-administered by the French Embassy and the Philippines Institute of Science Education of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI), the program aims to consolidate scientific exchanges between the Philippines and France.

Priority will be given to the following subjects in the natural and life sciences: Agriculture, Bioengineering, (Medical) Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Climate Change, Forestry, Health and Medical Research, Materials Science, Medical Chemistry, Natural Resources and Environment, nuclear application. on health, nuclear medicine, veterinary sciences, virology.

After completing their studies, applicants must return to the Philippines immediately for return service or a period equivalent to twice the duration of their studies in France, according to the French Embassy.

What is covered by scholarship programs?

Students who successfully obtain the PhilFrance scholarships will receive the “French government scholarship holder » or title of French government scholarship holder, allowing them to access benefits:

  • A tuition grant for the duration of their master’s program
  • A monthly allowance of 700 euros regardless of the city of residence
  • A health package
  • Priority access to public student residences
  • A return flight from Manila to the student’s study destination
  • Exemption from French long-stay visa fees

Similar coverage is extended to PhilFrance-DOST scholarship holders, with the addition of a moving allowance and pre-travel expenses. The monthly allowance will be modulated according to the place of study.

What is the last day to submit my application?

Both scholarship programs are currently open for applications for the September 2022 intake. The deadline to submit all documents is April 4, 2022.

Do I need to know French to be eligible for scholarships?

Applicants can rest easy – knowledge of the French language is not a requirement for either program, unless the degree requires students to be fluent in French. There are hundreds of postgraduate programs taught in English international students to study in France.

For more detailed information on eligibility criteria and helpful resources to guide you through the application process, Click here.