DETAILS: PhilFrance Scholarship 2021

The Embassy of France to the Philippines is now accepting applications for the PhilFrance 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 general PhilFrance Scholarship is geared towards Filipino students and professionals who want to come to France to pursue Master’s degrees in all academic disciplines taught at French higher education institutions.
It is awarded to highly-qualified candidates who have demonstrated strong academic and leadership qualities in their scholarly and professional activities.

Interested? Here are the details you need:

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:
  • Filipino citizens who are residing in the Philippines at the time of application
  • Graduates or graduating students of a Philippine higher education institution
- For applicants to Master's degree programs: final-year students or graduates of a Bachelor-level degree

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

A degree-awarding Master's program taught at a French higher education institution (public or private), in academic disciplines only.
Key points to remember regarding eligibility:

  • Language of instruction: English, French, or both
- Online tools for finding English-taught Master's programs are available in the Other Resources section
  • Level of study: Master's degree (full-time)
- Dual-degree and joint Master's programs with foreign higher education institutions are ineligible, even if one of the higher education institutions in charge is French
  • Fields of study: all academic disciplines
- Vocational and technical disciplines such as culinary arts and fashion design are ineligible
  • Duration: Master's programs with a length of 18 or 24 months (including the mandatory internship period)
- Program start date: September 2021
Program end date/s:  December 2022 or August 2023
  • Location: at a French 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


Key Requirements:

  • A one-page CV 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.
  • An official copy of complete and most recent academic transcripts (university-level grades)
  • Letter/s of acceptance or proof of a completed application to Master's degree programs, issued by the French higher education institution (HEI) 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
  • 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
  • Proof of financial resources (personal or household)
- Examples: latest income tax return statement, recent bank statement or certificate

Optional requirements:

* Letter/s of acceptance, or acknowledgment/s of application, to other scholarship programs as long as these are not funded by the French government
- These are for other scholarships you have applied for to finance the selected program. For example, scholarships offered by the French HEI or by private companies or associations
* French proficiency test results (such as DELF) or a letter from a French language instructor detailing your writing and speaking proficiency levels

Document formats:
  • Word (.docx) format
- 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: around one month from the deadline
  • Release of final results: week of 30 April 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.

Evaluation guidelines

The scholarship committee evaluates each application in a careful and impartial manner. The final selection of candidates is based on (but not limited to) the following criteria:
  • Merit - as shown in the applicant's successful academic, leadership, and professional experience
  • Motivations for studying in France - based on the selected Master's program and French higher education institution (HEI), as well as in the strength of the arguments they present in their academic essays
  • Financial need - as presented in the document/s submitted

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.


Selected candidates will be given the status of boursier du gouvernement français (French government scholar) which entitles them to the following benefits:

1. A tuition fee subsidy for the entire duration of the Master's program
  • For state-regulated public universities:
- Exemption from university registration fees (exonération des frais d’inscription à l'université)
◦ For reference - University registration fees as of January 2020: €3 770 per academic year for Master's degrees
  • For other French higher education institutions:
- Partial tuition fee subsidy (frais de formation/frais de scolarité), amounting to a maximum of €5 000 per academic year (non-negotiable), covering the duration of the Master's program
  • This subsidy is not convertible to cash and it will be settled directly with the French higher education institution
2. A monthly stipend of €700, regardless of the city of residence
  • Includes a €700 installation allowance
  • NB: Please note that the stipend may be suspended during internship periods (which are usually part of most graduate degree programs).
3. A health care package composed of mandatory sécurité sociale (national social security coverage) and a mutuelle (supplementary insurance policy)

4. Priority access to public student housing facilities (logement étudiant CROUS)
5. One roundtrip flight from Manila to the French city of destination
6. Exemption from French long-stay visa application fees
  • NB: VFS (external visa service provider) fees which cost around P2000 are not covered

How to Apply

Application for the PhilFrance Scholarship 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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