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Finance your studies at Sciences Po
Sciences Po's sliding fee scale and financial assistance policy have been designed to ensure that financial concerns are no obstacle to study. 30 percent of our students receive a scholarship.
US students: for your application to the Federal Loans program, please click on "Scholarships and financial aid for US students" on this page.
Sciences Po's system of tuition fees recognises two categories of student:
- Students who are European Union residents for tax purposes benefit from a sliding fee scale based on total household income and household size.
- Students who are residents for tax purposes outside the European Union are required to pay full cost tuition fees.
International students studying at Sciences Po must pay the tuition fees which correspond to their residency status. Only exchange students pay the tuition fees of their home university.
Scholarships/financial aid from Sciences Po
A range of financial aid is available to international students so that they can study in the best possible conditions.
Sciences Po created the the Emile-Boutmy scholarship after the founder of Sciences Po (1871) in order to welcome the very best international students from outside of the European Union.
Check the list of scholarships open to Sciences Po students.
Find out about all the scholarship programmes available on the Campus France search engine.
Find out about the French government's Eiffel scholarship.
Find out about the International Mobility Programme Erasmus+ (non EU).
Check the websites of the French embassies in your country to find out about any scholarships or grants specific to your region.
Funding for European students
European residents who come to study at Sciences Po have access to several financial aid schemes.
European University Institute PhD. scholarships
Approximately 150 Ph.D. scholarships are available to eligible candidates for the 2016-17 academic year.
Scholarships and financial aid for US students
This student loan programme financed by the US Department of Education is open to American students only.
The Michel David-Weill scholarship
The Michel David-Weill scholarship is intended to help particularly deserving American students pursue their studies at Sciences Po.
Find out more about the Michel David-Weill scholarship.
Henri de Castries scholarship
Find out about the Henri de Castries Scholarship for students in the bachelor dual programmes with Columbia and Berkeley universities.
- American PhD study grants
Sciences Po is a VA-approved institution and accepts Post 9/11 GI Bill funding for several programs. For a complete list of our programs that have been approved by the VA to date, use this search engine to search for France and please note that we are listed as "Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris." Students must be certified every semester by Emmanuelle Narcisse at the Center for the Americas. If you wish to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at Sciences Po but your master's program is not listed on the VA search engine please contact Stéphanie Morand and she will request approval for it.
Financial Aid for students from Africa
KSP Excellence Scholarship for Least Developed Countries: open to nationals from Least Developed Countries and dedicated to students admitted at Sciences Po in any master program.
Initiative d’Ashinaga pour l'Afrique (AAI) (FR) : Leadership Programme through higher education abroad. Call for applications for francophone students starting mid-March 2017.
Financial Aid for Latin American students
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship is awarded to top students whose profiles match the admissions priorities of Sciences Po and individual course requirements. Sciences Po keeps exploring all possible opportunities for additional funding resources for all international non-European students. Sciences Po has managed some funding exclusive for Latin American students thanks to a partnership with Banco Santander in order to help undergrad and graduate Latin American students admitted to Sciences Po. Candidates who wish to benefit from it must apply to the Emile Boutmy Scholarship in the application file.
The Eiffel Scholarship is a financial aid awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Non-European students willing to study in France. It gives priority to candidates from emerging countries and above all to those who are underrepresented in French universities and higher education institutions: Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and new members of the EU and the Middle East.
Colombia: Graduate students from Colombia who have been admitted to a two-year Master's programme at Sciences Po and who have been selected for a loan-scholarship by Colfuturo, will get a 20% fee waiver for their tuition. A maximum of 5 eligible students will be selected per year. Please check Colfuturo's website for further information.
Mexico: Graduate students from Mexico admitted to Sciences Po who benefit from a Conacyt’s scholarship will get a 25% fee waiver from Sciences Po. Please note that Sciences Po's agreement with Conacyt has expired in December 2017 and that its status will be updated as soon as a decision has been taken by Conacyt (website in Spanish).
Guatefuturo: Graduate students from Guatemala admitted to Sciences Po who benefit from a Guatefuturo’s scholarship will get a 10% fee waiver from Sciences Po. Please note that students must first apply and be admitted to Sciences Po and then apply to Guatefuturo (website in Spanish)'s scholarship programme.
There are also scholarships awarded by universities, by public institutions or by various foundations in your country of origin. Here are a few useful links:
Financial Aid for Asian students
France Excellence scholarship: information on the Campus France website.
China: grants for young researchers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (through the science and technology service and the cooperation and culture service of the French Embassy in China) provides schemes each year to support researcher mobility between France and China.
India : Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship. One scholarship a year for an Indian Master's student admitted at Sciences Po. The scholarship covers cost of living, a one way flight ticket and 50% of tuition fees. For their part, Sciences Po will provide a 50% fee waiver.
Philippines: French Embassy scholarship.
There are also scholarships awarded by your university, by public institutions or by various foundations in your country of origin. Here are a few useful links:
Scholarships for students from the Middle East/Mediterranean
- The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (FR) regularly launches calls for applications for study grants
- Israel: the David Gritz scholarship
- Turkey: Turkish students are eligible for Erasmus scholarships.
- The Kuwait Excellence Scholarship 2018 for Arab Students
Scholarships for Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) students