Dec 3, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

The French embassy in Islamabad recently announced news of a new scholarship program aimed at helping more Pakistani students take advantage of higher education opportunities in France. Here’s a closer look at the initiative, called the Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence.

A New Attraction

France is already home to some of the world’s most thrilling attractions. The hope of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in developing and financing the Eiffel scholarship program is that offering this new scholarship funding will add to the country’s attractiveness -- especially in terms of enticing the best and brightest international talent at the master’s and doctoral levels. It aims to give “opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study.”

The Eiffel Scholarship will comprise four major areas of study: at master’s level, funding will be available for economics and management; engineering sciences and law/political sciences; sciences (in the broad sense of the word); and economics and management. At the PhD level, funding is designated for law/political sciences studies.

What to Expect

Master’s level students will receive a monthly allowance of €1,181, including a maintenance allowance of €1,031 and a monthly stipend of €150 for a period of between 12 and 36 months. PhD students are eligible for a monthly allowance of €1,400 for a maximum of 12 months. Tuition fees are not covered.

Applicants up to 30 years old from developing countries are invited to apply at the master’s level for the Eiffel Scholarship Program, while for PhD students the age rises to 35 years and applicants can be from developing and industrialized countries. The application cycle opened in April, and will remain open until 11 January 2019 with the results announced in March.

Learn more about the Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence here. Wondering whether studies in France are right for you, meanwhile? Learn more about master’s degree programs in France here.

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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