ENS International Selection Scholarships, in Paris, France

The ENS International Selection Scholarships are prominent awards provided by the French institution’s École Normale Supérieure (ENS). These awards are primarily intended to draw exceptional international students to ENS to pursue master’s or doctorate degrees.

Host CountryFrance
Host InstituteÉcole Normale Supérieure (ENS)
LevelMaster’s Degree
Eligible NationalityInternational
No. of Scholarships10 positions in Sciences and 10 in Arts & Humanities.
Benefits1,000 Euros/month + Room
Durationup to 3 years
Opening Date17 OCT 2023
Closing Date11 Dec 2023 (23h59, Paris time)
Summary of ENS International Selection Scholarships

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The Ecole Normale Supérieure seeks to diversify the backgrounds of its students by accepting those who are enrolled in their third year of undergraduate study (license 3) or first year of graduate study (master 1) from all over the world and across all academic fields. Young graduates in the arts, humanities, and sciences who can demonstrate that they completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a foreign university and stand out for their achievements are eligible to take the competitive examination for international selection.

ENS International Selection Scholarships, in Paris, France
ENS International Selection Scholarships, in Paris, France

One who joins ENS through the international selection’s competitive test has access to great training, contacts with outstanding researchers, and a privileged training and research environment. International students continue their studies at ENS and at the university simultaneously while receiving a grant of 1000 euros per month for three years and a room on one of the ENS campuses. They are included in the community of the normaliens.

École Normale Supérieure (ENS)

A grande école university in Paris, France is called the École normale supérieure – PSL (French pronunciation: ENS, Normale sup’, Ulm or ENS Paris). It is one of Paris Sciences et Lettres University’s (PSL) founding members. Written and oral exams make up the highly competitive selection process for the ENS. The rates of selection for International Selection fluctuate from year to year and range from 5 to 10%. Many ENS students occupy the position of salaried civil servants while they are enrolled in classes.

Benefits of ENS International Selection Scholarships

The majority of ENS International Selection Scholarships provide tuition, a monthly stipend for living expenses, and additional benefits to help students while they are pursuing their education in France. Depending on the program and the needs of the applicant, the specific perks may change.

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Eligible Fields

International students who want to enroll in a master’s or doctorate program at ENS in any subject area—including the humanities, arts, and sciences—are eligible for these scholarships. The following are the Academic disciplines:

International selection in Arts & Humanities:

Anthropology, Archeology, Classical studies (Greek, Latin), Cinema, Theater Studies, History of Art, Musicology, Cognitive sciences, Economics, Political Studies, Geography, History, History and Philosophy of Law, History and Philosophy of Sciences, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology.

International Selection in Sciences:

Academic disciplines offered through International selection in Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Computing Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Cognitive sciences.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for ENS International Selection Scholarships, candidates should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be under 26 (must not have turned 26) at the time of application.
  • Candidates are not permitted to have previously applied to the international selection.
  • Neither the prior year nor the current academic year, which runs from September 1 to August 31, may have seen candidates spend more than 10 months in France.
  • Candidates must provide documentation supporting at least one year of undergraduate study completed outside of France during the calendar year prior to the application deadline.
  • Candidates must demonstrate that they will have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework at a non-French institution by September 1 of the year they are admitted.

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Deadline for ENS International Selection Scholarships

Before December 11, 2023, the application form and supporting materials must be submitted online for Science studies, and Arts and Humanities selections.

Documents/Material Required to Apply

The following documents are required to apply for ENS International Selection Scholarships:

  • Detailed editable application form
  • Passport-1st page only (for non-European candidates) or ID card (for European candidates)
  • High school diploma
  • University transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • cover letter in French or English

ENS International Selection Scholarships Application Procedure

To apply for ENS International Selection Scholarships, fill out the initial application form on the official website and submit the complete file according to instructions.

  • If your file is complete, it is submitted to the jury.
  • You will be invited to complete written and oral tests if the jury chooses your dossier.
    • An application-based selection process is followed by either oral and written exams (for the arts and humanities) or oral exams (for the sciences) for candidates who have made the shortlist.
  • The list of accepted pupils is determined by the test results.

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