FAQs and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
We expect multiple applications from excellent students every year. While not every applicant will be sent to France, you have nothing to lose and much to gain by applying. Remember, a small percentage is always higher than zero!
Some French HEIs might ask applicants to contact their local Campus France office to begin the application process under the CEF / Study in France / Étudier en France online procedure. These procedures are not applicable to the Philippines
- Master’s level: Filipino applicants must send their applications directly (almost always online) to their respective French HEIs.
- Doctorate level: The doctorate application procedure is quite distinct in France. Prospecting PhD students must identify their chosen thesis topic amongst the proposals offered by public research institutions in France. Once their topic is determined, they must directly contact the research director/faculty or department head leading the research project to apply. Please refer to the Resources section to access the list of public education and research institutions in France.
Keep in mind that applications to HEIs must be done before applying for the PhilFrance Scholarships. While students with pending admission into their programs are eligible, you will need to confirm your admission status in the days leading up to the respective program deadlines.
Applicants do not need to speak French to apply for this scholarship. The exception of course are programs that are explicitly taught only in French, for which proof of French proficiency must be presented (B2 CEFR or as required by the program).
That said, there are hundreds of graduate programs in various academic disciplines and specializations that are taught entirely in English. Most Doctoral schools, especially in the natural sciences, have English as a working language.
Visit the Resources section for information on how to use the Campus France search engines for English-taught graduate programs.
Note: Information found in the search results may not always be updated. We encourage applicants to contact the French HEIs directly to have the most recent and correct application requirements.
Due to the high volume of applications and our policy to treat each candidate fairly, the French Embassy will not provide individual assistance in completing the scholarship application.
The Campus France office is available to provide the tools in selecting programs, as well as assistance in applying to your chosen HEIs.
Yes! You may apply again with an updated application file.
While the PhilFrance Master has no age limit per se, your chosen study program might. Please verify the respective course requirements with your HEI’s admissions office.
The PhilFrance-DOST program, on the other hand, requires that applicants not be above 50 years of age at the time of application.
No, applicants must be based in the Philippines at the time of application.
No, neither students who have already begun their program, nor those who are currently completing their degree and wish to pursue another are eligible.
Yes, as long as one nationality is Filipino, and the other is not French.
Only master’s degrees/M2 are eligible for the PhilFrance Master.
Master’s and doctorate degrees that grant a diplome national / diplome d’état are eligible for the PhilFrance-DOST.
Short courses, technical and vocational courses, non-degree courses, or distance learning programs are ineligible. Programs offered in France-based campuses of international schools, or in international campuses of French schools are also ineligible.
Joint degrees, programs that grant a dual diploma, or Erasmus programs are not eligible.
Yes, but you’ll need to create an individual online application for every program, even if you’re submitting some documents in common.
Submitted applications must be sent with at least an acknowledgment of application in order to be considered.
Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for their chosen programs.
Very short periods spent studying outside of France, such as attending an academic conference, will not affect the coverage of the scholarship
However, any extended period spent outside France during the academic year (e.g. a semester as part of an exchange) will not be covered by this scholarship.
Yes, if the grant is funded by institutions that are not part of the French government (such as companies and banks, the HEIs themselves, private foundations and associations, etc.).
No, if funding comes other sectors of the French government (Eiffel Excellence Programme, grants from French regions and cities, etc.).
Due to the application calendars of some French HEIs not corresponding to our application timeline in our previous cycle, we’ve expanded the application period for the 2023 intake; submissions can be done as early as December 28, 2022 and as late as May 12, 2023.
In the unlikely case that your HEI/chosen program is unavailable during this period, please contact us prior to submitting your scholarship application.
All applications must be submitted through the PhilFrance website. Submissions done directly (courier, dropped off at the French Embassy or Campus France office) or by e-mail outside of the PhilFrance application portal will not be entertained.
Your one-page CV should be clear and concise, but with enough details for us to get to know you better through your different experiences. We advise that you use the one-page limit intelligently and not waste it on redundant information.
You are free to choose the format and topics covered in the essay, as long as they respect the word limit and other instructions specified in the application material.
Given the general theme stated here, the essay should be able to explain how your study abroad experience will benefit the Philippines and Filipino society, factoring in your field of study/expertise.
The essay will help us assess, among other things, your proficiency in academic writing and your ability to lay out a compelling argument in 500 words or less. Please note that we are not looking for a cover/motivation letter or an essay version of the CV.
Any documentation that proves at the very least a completed application (even online) will suffice. Examples are:
- Screenshots of receipt of application on an HEI’s website or application portal
- Screenshots of automatic e-mail notifications or official e-mail admission notice
- Official letter of acceptance, be it online (.PDF) or on paper (scanned)
- For doctorate applicants, screenshots of your e-mail correspondence with the person in charge of your PhD research program
Remember that any proof of pending applications must be updated with an admission document prior to May 12, 2023.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted approximately 6 weeks after the deadline.
Applicants that have successfully passed the French Embassy leg of evaluation will be informed of their status at most 2 weeks after the deadline. Their applications will be endorsed to the DOST, who will conduct their assessment and contact shortlisted candidates independently of the Embassy’s timeline.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will receive a notification from the French Embassy.
Campus France’s Course Catalogues
Don’t know where to start? Check out Campus France’s online catalogues and find the program that best suits your needs!
- Programs Taught in English – Vous ne parlez pas français? No worries! Browse the [Taught in English] catalogue and filter results based on study level, geographical location, specialization, and more!
- Master’s and Doctorate Degree catalogs – Campus France offers separate directories dedicated to master’s and PhD programs that can be sorted based on multiple parameters. Please note that results will be a mix of programs taught in English and in French.
Directory – Public Education and Research Institutions in France
For applicants in the PhilFrance-DOST program, we’ve compiled a set of directories that can help in finding your state-controlled program! Sites currently only available in French