DETAILS: PhilFrance-DOST Scholarship 2021

The Embassy of France to the Philippines is now accepting applications for the PhilFrance-DOST Scholarship 2021 program for the Academic Year 2021-2022. The call for applications for the September 2021 intake is from 11 January to 15 March 2021.

The embassy is offering two scholarships: the PhilFrance-DOST Scholarships and the PhilFrance Scholarships for more general fields of study.
The PhilFrance-DOST Scholarship Program aims to foster the mobility to France of Filipino professionals working in academic, research, or government institutions; selected jointly on the basis of academic excellence to pursue a Master’s or Doctorate degree in French public higher education institutions under the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research of the French Republic.

Interested? Here are the details you need:

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must
  • be a Filipino citizen;
  • not be more than 50 years old at the time of application;
  • be in good health condition;
  • hold a higher education diploma recognized by the Philippine government allowing enrolment in the host course in the French Republic
  • demonstrate an excellent academic level;
  • demonstrate the knowledge or expertise required to carry out higher studies within the host establishment in the French Republic;
  • pass the admission requirements for graduate studies in any of the public universities in France;
  • pass the interview and other screening procedures.

Important note on previous scholarship awardees:

Students who, at the time of application to the PhilFrance Scholarships, have already been awarded a French government scholarship (bourse du gouvernement français – BGF) under another type of program, are ineligible, even if the previous scholarship only covered health insurance.

Eligible Programs

Degree-awarding Master’s or Doctorate programs taught at French public higher education institutions only.

French public higher education institutions

Information from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation
  • List - French Higher Education and Research Institutions, providers of higher education leading to university degrees, including a doctorate (Établissements d'enseignement supérieur accrédités à délivrer le doctorat)
  • List  - Federation of public university systems (Fédérations - Communautés d'universités et établissements)
NB: The higher education institutions with Université in their name refer to public universities
Fields of study

The following have been jointly selected by the Embassy of France and the DOST as priority fields of study for these scholarships:
  • Agriculture
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics (Medical)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Forestry
  • Health and Medical Research
  • Material Sciences
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Nuclear Application on Health
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Virology
Key points to remember regarding eligibility:
  • Language of instruction: English, French, or both
  • Online tools for finding English-taught graduate programs are available in the Other Resources section
- Find your program taught in English (Master’s level)
- Directory of doctoral schools (PhD level)
  •  Level of study: Master’s and Doctorate degrees (full-time)
  • Dual-degree and joint programs with foreign higher education institutions are ineligible, even if one of the higher education institutions in charge is French
  • Duration:
  • Online tools for finding English-taught graduate programs are available in the Other Resources section
- Two -year Master’s programs (24 months, including the mandatory internship period)
- Three-year PhD programs (36 months)
  • Location: at a French public higher education institution in France

  • Foreign higher education institutions based in France are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Master's programs taught at international campuses of French higher education institutions are likewise ineligible
  • Any period spent outside France during the academic year (such as semester or year abroad) will not be covered by this scholarship


Application Material


DOST Requirements

  • Completed DOST Application Form
- Available for download here
  • Birth certificate
  • Endorsement from the two former professors in college (For MS applicant) or two from professors in the MS Program for applicant pursuing a PhD program
  • If employed:
- Recommendation from Head of Agency
- Permission to take a leave of absence (LOA) while on scholarship
  • Medical certificate as to health status and fitness to study from a licensed physician with his/her PRC license number indicated
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Budgetary requirements (with supporting document for bases of rates used)
- Available for download here
  • Re-entry plan, narrative

French Embassy Requirements
  • A CV (maximum of two pages) detailing your academic, professional, and leadership experience
  • An academic essay no longer than 500 words, explaining your reasons for wanting to study in France and how your experience and degree will benefit the Philippines and Filipino society
- NB: Essays exceeding the word limit will be discarded along with the application. Be advised that we ask for an academic essay, not a cover or motivation letter.

Common Requirements
  • A certified true copy of the official transcript of records (university-level grades)
  • A copy of the program of study or study plan (your chosen program’s curriculum or academic calendar) for its duration
- This is usually available on the website of the French HEI. You can also ask for a copy from their admissions team or program coordinator
  • Letter/s of acceptance or proof of a completed application to Master’s or PhD degree programs, issued by the French public university where you applied to
- Letter/s of acceptance: Digital copy or screenshot of acceptance email

- Proof of a completed application: Screenshot of the automated email confirmation upon successful submission of your application or a screenshot of the onscreen notification (on the HEI's online application portal) of your completed application

 - Important note for PhD applicants:

  • In applying to Doctoral schools in France, it is common for candidates to contact a laboratory/department or a professor directly through email
- As an alternative  proof of application, we accept PDF copies of your correspondences provided that it states their interest in your proposal or approval in supervising your research work.

Document Formats:
  • Word (.docx) format
- Re-entry plan
- Academic essay
  • PDF format
- All the other documents
- Kindly reduce the size of your PDFs

Important Points to Remember:
  • The online application form is only accessible through a desktop web browser, and is not available on mobiles and tablets.
  • Additional documents (such as letters of recommendation) submitted without the Embassy requesting them, will not be accepted.
  • Any attempt to unduly influence the decision-making process (such as intervention by third parties) will result in the dismissal of the candidate’s application.

Calendar and Evaluation Guidelines

Application Calendar
  • Application session: 11 January to 15 March 2021 (12 noon)
  • Time (duration) for evaluation of applications: three months from the deadline (around mid-June)
  • Release of final results: week of 15 June 2021
- NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified (by email) by the scholarship committee. If you do not receive an email by the week of 30 April, this means that your application was not selected.

Selection Procedure

An applicant goes through the following selection procedure:
  • First-level screening
-  Documentary evaluation of the form and other requirements by the French Embassy and DOST-SEI
  • Second-level screening
- Evaluation of research topic and re-entry plan by the concerned DOST Council
  • Third-level screening
- Interview by a panel composed of the SEI Director with representatives coming from the French Embassy, DOST Councils and other relevant DOST agencies

Important Reminder

Any attempt to unduly influence the decision-making process (such as intervention by third parties) will result in the dismissal of the candidate’s application.

The scholarship committee evaluates each application in a careful and impartial manner.


Awardees will receive the following forms of assistance while on scholarship until completion of their graduate degrees:

From the DOST-SEI
  • Monthly living allowance (rate will depend on the place of study)
  • One round-trip economy fare from residence to place of study (one-time only in the whole duration of the study)
  • Relocation allowance
  • Pre-travel expenses
  • Thesis/dissertation allowance - the amount should not exceed USD 3,000
From the French Embassy

Selected candidates will be given the status of boursier du gouvernement français (French government scholar) which entitles them to the following benefits:
  • Exemption from public university registration fees (exonération des frais d’inscription à l’université)
- For reference – University registration fees (as of the 2020 academic year):
            €3 770 per academic year for Master’s degrees
            €380 per academic year for PhD degree
- NB: These amounts are not convertible to cash and it will be settled directly with the French higher education institution
  • A health care package composed of mandatory sécurité sociale (national social security coverage) and a mutuelle (supplementary insurance policy)
  • Priority access to public student housing facilities (logement étudiant CROUS)
  • Exemption from French long-stay visa application fees
- NB: VFS (external visa service provider) fees which cost around P2000 are not covered

Service Obligations

Return service obligations for scholarship awardees

  • A scholar, immediately upon completion of his/her degree program, shall return to the Philippines to render service physically on a full-time basis in his/her sending institution, preferably along his/her field of specialization, for a period equivalent to twice the length of time that he/she enjoyed the MS/PhD scholarship.
  • Any service rendered before the completion of the scholarship grant shall not be counted/considered part of the service obligation.


Other conditions

  • This scholarship program will adopt the existing policies on foreign scholarships implemented by DOST-SEI;
  • The qualified applicant will pursue MS or PhD Program on a full-time basis for a maximum period of 24 or 36 months, respectively;
  • Officially enroll as full-time graduate student;
  • Not avail or enjoy any other scholarships;
  • Must have a full-time commitment to the scholarship and must not engage in any form of employment during the scholarship period;
- Required internships (stages obligatoires) within the academic year are allowed
  • Be willing to render the required service obligation equivalent to the length of time the scholar enjoyed the scholarship-two years of service for every year of scholarship or a fraction thereof;
  • Non-completion of degree or failure to render service, preferably in his/her sending institution, may be a ground for refund in full the total financial assistance received with 12% interest to the DOST-SEI; and the salaries and other remunerations, if there is any, to his/her sending institution; and
  • Fulfill the conditions set down by the Parties for the implementation of the PhilFrance DOST Fellowship Program in accordance with regulations and the existing academic calendar in both countries.


How to Apply

Application for the PhilFrance-DOST Scholarships is online through the PhilFrance Scholarships Program website at

All applicants will receive an automated email confirmation when they submit their online application. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the scholarship committee regarding the results of their application.

For more information, please visit PhilFrance Scholarships website: or visit FAQ page of PhilFrance Scholarships.

For Inquiries

For inquiries, please contact Campus France Manille through their Facebook page or by email at

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