The PhilFrance-DOST Program
The PhilFrance-DOST program aims to foster the mobility to France of Filipino professionals working in academic, research, or government institutions. Awardees are 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.
Aspiring researchers and specialists in the hard sciences, this program is for you!
Care of the Embassy of France
- Waiving of enrolment fees for the state-regulated master’s or doctorate program (Diplome National)
- A healthcare package consisting of social security coverage and supplementary insurance (mutuelle)
- Priority access to CROUS student housing services
- Exemption from long-stay student visa fees (separate from VFS processing fee)
Care of the Department of Science and Technology
- A monthly stipend to cover living costs throughout the duration of the program (calculated by the DOST)
- One economy class round-trip ticket from the Philippines to the French city of destination
- Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines at the time of application
- Not more than 50 years old at the time of application
- In good physical health
- Holder of a higher education diploma recognized by the Philippine government allowing enrolment in the chosen degree in France
- Master’s level applicants must have completed their undergraduate programs as of September 2023
- Demonstrates excellent academic performance
- Has knowledge or expertise required to carry out higher studies within the host establishment in the French Republic
- Completed the admission requirements for graduate studies in any of the public universities in France, including interview and other screening procedures
The chosen program must be conducted full-time and on-site at a state-controlled institution in France. Dual degree and joint programs, courses offered by international schools based in France, or those offered at international campuses of French schools are ineligible.
- Duration: 24 months (Master’s) or 36 months (Doctorate)
- Language of instruction: English, French, or both
IMPORTANT: The selected program must lead to the obtention of a state-controlled diploma (Diplome National) from a public educational or research institution.
Kindly verify the status of your chosen program with your selected HEI as some programs offered in public institutions may not have this status and may be rendered ineligible for the scholarship.
LINK – Directory of French higher education and research institutions that offer state-controlled programs at both Master and Doctorate levels
LINK – Site of Federation of Public University Systems
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:
- Bioinformatics (Medical)
- Biological Sciences
- Climate Change
- Health and Medical Research
- Material Sciences
- Medical Chemistry
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Nuclear Application on Health
- Nuclear Medicine
- Veterinary Sciences
- A one-page CV summarizing your academic, professional, and leadership experience
- An academic essay no longer than 500 words detailing why you wish to study in France, as well as how your experience and degree will benefit the Philippines and Filipino society
- Essays exceeding the word limit will be disregarded
- Please note that we are requesting an academic essay and not a cover or motivation letter
- A complete, official copy of your most recent academic transcripts
- Proof of completed application to the selected degree/French HEI
- Screenshot/s of completed online application via school website or portal
- Screenshot/s of official admission document or e-mail
- Scan of mailed admission letter
- Study plan, curriculum, or academic calendar of the chosen program
- Commonly available on the school’s website or upon request at your HEI’s admissions office
- Completed DOST Application Form*
- Budgetary requirements* (with supporting document for bases of rates used)
- Re-entry plan, narrative
- Valid NBI Clearance
- Birth certificate
- Medical certificate as to health status and fitness to study from a licensed physician with his/her PRC license number indicated
- Endorsement from two former professors; college professors for Master applicants, master program professors for PhD applicants
- If employed at the time of application submission, please include these two additional documents:
- Recommendation from Head of Agency/Department Head
- Permission to take a leave of absence (LOA) while on scholarship
*Documents available for download on the Resources page.
- For programs taught partially or entirely in French, proof of French proficiency of at least B2 CEFR
- DELF/DALF diploma
- TEF/TCF results
- Letter from recognized French language instructor
Service Obligation and Other Conditions
Return Service Obligations for Scholarship Awardees
A grantee of the PhilFrance-DOST 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.
- 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
- Fulfil 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.
Timeline and FAQ
Applications are now closed.
It is highly recommended that future applicants to the PhilFrance-DOST program, particularly at the doctorate level, consult the FAQ page to learn more about the Ph.D application procedure in France.