The Embassy of France to the Philippines is aiming to encourage more students from the Philippines to pursue graduate studies in France with two calls for applications falling under the PhilFrance Scholarship Program for the next academic year.  Here’s a closer look at the initiative, as recently reported by BusinessMirror.

About the Program

Announced while the two countries were celebrating their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the program hopes to open up more study and research opportunities in France for Filipino students, build stronger French-Philippine academic relations, and enhance Philippine society through the contributions of participants.

For the academic year 2018-2019, the PhilFrance Scholarship Program comprises two separate calls for applications. The first -- which includes partial tuition funding, a monthly stipend, and a health care package -- is open to highly qualified Filipino students and professionals pursuing graduate studies in all field. The second, under the framework of the Embassy of France and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) cooperation agreement signed last January. It will provide travel expenses, a monthly stipend, waived registration fees at public schools, and a health care package for faculty and staff of institutions recognized by CHED in pursuit of graduate studies at French institutions.

Additionally, Filipino students enrolled in graduate programs at Sciences Po will receive funding, thanks to a cooperation agreement between CHED and the world-renowned French institution.

Increasing Exchange

According to BusinessMirror, 35 Filipino students have pursued graduate degrees in France across a breadth and depth of areas of study, including  French language and literature, business, public policy and governance, engineering, mathematics, marine biology, applied chemistry, environmental and ecological sciences, as well as public health.

The hope -- as evidenced by the absence of a quota limiting the number of applications accepted -- is that these numbers will continue to grow. Said French Embassy in Manila Press Attaché Camille Eva Marie Conde, “The number of accepted scholars will really depend on the quality of the applications received. For example, last year we received over 200 applications for the PhilFrance Scholarship and the CHED-PhilFrance Scholarship, and we selected 35. Our target is to send more Filipinos to study in France, so hopefully we can receive more applications this year.”

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