FRENCH GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPSThe French Embassy and the Campus France-Kenya office in Nairobi will be offering scholarships for Masters and PhD levels for the 2016 academic year.
The deadline for submitting soft and hard applications is set for 22nd January 2016 at 1 pm.

Who Can Apply?

  • Members of staff of Kenyan Universities willing to strengthen their capacities by:
    o Pursuing a Master or a PhD course in France.
    o Travelling in the frame of a formalized staff exchange programme (post-doctoral studies can be included)
  • Students holding a Bachelor or Master Degree and willing to further their studies in France

Eligibility criteria
– Kenyan citizen
– Employer’s agreement (if any)
– Financial plan indicating co-funding (self-sponsoring, study leave, other scholarship)
– For programmes taught in English language: good knowledge of French language or a letter of intent signed by the applicant’s commitment to follow French classes at Alliance Française prior to departure.
– For programmes taught in French language: a minimum level of B2 in French language is required.
– To have taken time to look for a relevant academic program and a French Host University (neither the French Embassy nor the Campus France office in Nairobi will do it for you…).

Are there some priority areas?

Applications from all academic disciplines will be considered. However, priority will be given to the topics listed below, i.e:
– Biological and Physical Sciences
– Engineering Sciences and Technologies.
– Animation
– Humanities and Social Sciences including French as French Language.

Do I have to be fluent in French language to apply?
For applicants willing to register to a class taught in French Language, a minimum level of B2 is required (for more information, contact Alliance Française of Nairobi at

French Universities offer more and more programmes taught in English, where non-French speaking students are welcome. Nevertheless it is strongly recommended to applicants to learn French before their first stay, and to attend more classes once they reach France. This will enable them interacting with French people, as well as discovering and understanding better French culture and way of life.

What Does The Scholarship Offer?
The scholarship includes:
– Round-trip airfare
– Monthly allowances (about 767 €)
o For Masters scholarship holders : from September 2016 up to June 2017
o For PhD sandwich scholarship holders: 4 annual stays in France over a 3 to 4 year period from 2016, three of them of 3 months, and a fourth stay of a couple of weeks intended for the defence.
o For Staff exchange programme: from 1 up to 3 months (between January and December 2016).
– Facilitation of the access to affordable student housing
– Social and health insurance
– Schengen visa fees
– Tuition fees in French public universities
– French classes at Alliance Française of Nairobi prior to departure and in between the stays of the PhD (at reduced cost)
– Book allowance and computer allowance.

Is It Easy to Identify A French Host Institution?
Kindly go and check the website and especially to the research engine “Find your Program”. By entering some key words and the level of studies, you will be given a list of relevant programs in your field of studies.

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