Generous funding is available to highly qualified students who want to complete part or all of their PhD research in France

Securing the financing of your Doctorat (PhD) is often a condition for admission

Many doctoral students in France finance their education by means of doctoral contracts with their universities, which are essentially equivalent to individual employment agreements. Doctoral candidates may devote themselves solely to research, or may take on other responsibilities such as teaching or consulting work that provide a higher monthly salary.

Students in scientific and technical disciplines may be funded under a CIFRE agreement (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche). These young researchers work in a corporate setting, doing research and development in collaboration with an external research team.

The national research bodies, such as INSERM and CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), award grants to support the research of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, often in partnership with France’s regional councils. Such programs usually require co-financing from a research body or corporate entity.


CampusBourses – the essential grant search engine

CampusBourses gives you information on financial aid and allows you to search for funding that fits with your needs and academic plans.



  • The effeil scholarship

The Eiffel scholarship, financed by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, supports students who want to spend a year of their Master’s or PhD degree programs in France. The scholarship covers the cost of living and round-trip transportation to France. A fully funded two-month intensive French language course may also be provided.

  • The «MERLION» programme – supporting the mobility of researcher

The «MERLION» programme is a joint franco-singaporean collaboration. Launched and managed by the Science Section of the French Embassy in Singapore, the programme initiates and encourages scientific exchanges between laboratories in both countries through the funding of researcher mobility.


  • The PRESTIGE postdoc program 

PRESTIGE aims at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers. PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the post-doc fellow’s living, mobility and research allowance, while the remaining 2/3 are financed by another partner, either public or private.