Entente Cordiale Scholarships


The call for application is now closed
Further information about the call for application for the academic year 2020-2021 will be online in January 2020

The Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme is a prestigious bi-lateral awards scheme that funds British postgraduate students who want to study in France and French students who want to study in the UK. Funded for the most part by the private sector in both countries the scheme provides funding for around 20 French and British students each year.

Scholarships for British students are managed by the Higher Education, Research and Innovation of the French Embassy in London and the information which follows applies to British students only.

French students wishing to study in the UK should visit the British Council website in France.


Three types of scholarships are offered to suit the individual needs of students.

- Long term scholarships cover a whole academic year and are best suited for students wishing to study for a Master 1 or a Master 2 in a French university or grande école. Scholars receive a maintenance award of €10,000 (i.e. approximately £8,900) pa. Please note that the scholarship is for one year only and is not renewable.

- Short term scholarships cover a period of 3 to 6 months to carry out doctorate or post-doctorate research in a French research institution or laboratory.

- Language scholarships cover a one-month French language intensive course in July or August in the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée (CLA) in Besançon (or other language centre of your choice within same budget). Language scholarships are awarded to students planning to register for a course in France and wishing to enhance their language skills. Courses during the academic year may be arranged in exceptional circumstances when a student is unable to attend a summer course due to other commitments.


The Entente Cordiale scholarship is a prestigious award that will provide you with the opportunity to experience life in France and widen your horizons. Once you become an Entente Cordiale scholar you will become part of an influential alumni network, the Entente Cordiale Alumni Association, which already numbers over 400 members, and through which you will find opportunities to develop your career.


Please download our brochure Regards Voices Around the world in seven Entente Cordiale scholars’ stories where scholars from both countries have told us how the scholarship has changed their lives.

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Regards Voices Around the world
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You can find the pictures of the gala dinner held for the Entente Cordiale Alumni by the French ambassador HE Maurice Gourdault-Montagne at his Residence on 22 April 2010 by following this link.

The Entente Cordiale Alumni Association is pleased to thank Sir Christopher Mallaby, founder and tireless fundraiser of the programme since 1995 and its chairman since 2002, who has retired from that function in April 2008. It is also pleased to thank Lord Janvrin who took over as chairman of the programme until December 2017 before the merger of the Entente Cordiale Scholarships Trust with the Franco-British Council.


You can apply for an Entente Cordiale scholarship if you are a postgraduate student with a clear idea of your professional goals and an interest in consolidating Franco-British links. To be eligible, you must fulfil all the following criteria:
- As the scheme is Franco-British you will be expected to be of British nationality. If you are not a British national, please visit the Campus France website where you will find information about scholarships available in your country of origin.
- You will need an excellent track record illustrating your achievements, both academically and otherwise.

Language skills requirements are as follows:
- Arts and humanities students: a good command of French
- Science, medicine and engineering students: a working or good command of French is a plus, but it is not a mandatory requirement.
- Students applying for a language scholarship will be expected to have a basic knowledge of French. Their level will be assessed by the language centre so that they can be offered a course meeting their needs.

Students of all subjects – humanities, the arts, science, medicine, engineering, etc – are eligible to apply. Please note that there is no age limit.

One of the main aims of the scheme is to assist successful candidates in playing leading roles in the future of their country. British Entente Cordiale alumni are now pursuing careers in diverse fields in both the public and the private sectors.

You cannot apply for a scholarship for undergraduate study.


The call for application for 2019-2020 is now closed

You will need to download, complete and submit an application form with the required accompanying documents, listed at the end of the form :

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Application Form One-Year Scholarship 2019
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Application Form Short-term Scholarship 2019
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Application Form Language Scholarship 2019
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Regards Voices Around the world
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All applications should be returned to:

Entente Cordiale Scholarships, Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department, French Embassy, 6 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JN
By 28 March at midnight


Deadline extended for the long term and short term scholarships to study during the academic year 2019-2020:
28 March at midnight

Deadline extended for language scholarships to attend a course in July or August 2019:
28 March at midnight

For further information please write to info@ambascience.co.uk or call 020 7073 1395. Information about courses offered in French Universities and Grandes Ecoles is available on www.campusfrance.org.

Campus France UK is here to help you in that regard.


Published on 05/11/2019

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