The Geneviève McMillan- Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship

We are pleased to announce a major endowment gift of $1,000,000 on behalf of the McMillan-Stewart Foundation to the Sciences Po American Foundation. The donation will be dedicated to supporting students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are studying at Sciences Po.

Since 2010, the McMillan-Stewart foundation has partnered with Sciences Po to create pathways for exceptional students from the Sub-Saharan region to study in France.  To date, nine laureates have been awarded the Geneviève McMillan Scholarship, full-tuition grants to pursue a degree at Sciences Po. The foundation’s latest gift allows Sciences Po to renew scholarship program for many years to come.

The McMillan-Stewart Foundation’s gift emboldens the university’s commitment to the African continent. In 2011, Sciences Po established the Euro-African Program in the College Universitaire, which hosts more than 200 students per year studying the region and its relations with Europe and the world. Across programs, university has expanded scopes of focus to encompass the region, including through the “Africa” concentration in PSIA, the “African Cities” degree in the Urban School, and a dedicated Executive Education program. In the past 5 years, the number of students from the African continent studying at Sciences Po has increased by more than 50 percent. The McMillan-Stewart Foundation’s gift will allow university to continue to attract exceptional talent to study at Sciences Po.

The McMillan-Stewart Foundation was established by Geneviève McMillan, who studied at Sciences Po in 1946. Deeply committed to economic and social justice, Geneviève created her foundation in 2005, supporting numerous initiatives in education, the arts, and peace and justice. Since her death in 2008, the foundation has carried on her legacy by supporting students at Sciences Po and across the globe.

The McMillan-Stewart Foundation is based in Boston, United States. On November 12, Director of the McMillan-Stewart foundation and Geneviève’s niece, Catherine Gobet Lalanne, attended a soirée in Paris to celebrate the generous gift. Many past laureates were in attendance.

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Sciences Po stands out for its multicultural nature. Almost half of the student body are international students and at the start of the 2017 academic year, 37 % of the students received financial aid.  Indeed, Sciences Po proactively supports social inclusion with a unique tuition fee and financial aid policy. 

French and European students with a CROUS scholarship, in addition to benefitting from a full tuition fee waiver, receive a considerable top-up grant from Sciences Po amounting to 75 percent of their CROUS scholarship.

To attract top students from around the world, Sciences Po has substantially reinforced its social aid policy for non- European students and awards more than 250 Emile Boutmy Scholarships for a total amount of over $2.2 million for non-European students.

We invite you to join us and celebrate diversity on this global day of giving by making a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation will support Sciences Po' commitment to diversity. 

  • Over $250,000/year dedicated to scholarships for US students
  • Top nationality outside the EU in receiving financial aid from Sciences Po
  • $9,000 average scholarship
Rosalyn Jeffries is enrolled on the Dual

Undergraduate College student Rosalyn Jeffries chose the dual degree between Sciences Po and the University of California, Berkeley to get the “best of both worlds”: a strong base in the social sciences with an international exposure and a precise geographic focus, enriched by a traditional American college experience.

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The spy who studied at Sciences Po

After graduating at the top of her class in July 1940, Jeannie de Clarens, née Rousseau, set out on an extraordinary career in the world of interpretation and espionage. At 23 years old, she was to hand Allied Forces one of the Second World War’s most precious pieces of intelligence. In memory of de Clarens, a true heroine of the French Resistance, Sciences Po now pays homage by giving her name to a lecture hall.

It can often be from the blandest of backgrounds that history begins to unfold. Yet few reading the report card of Sciences Po student Jeannie Rousseau today would fail to be moved. As brilliant as it is completely banal, this report produced in Autumn 1940 reminds its reader that “due to current events, you have not been able to sit the entirety of the exams necessary for the awarding of your degree”. In the neutral language of bureaucracy, no elaboration follows as to what these “events” might be. Nor that these pages, which did not ultimately prevent Jeannie from graduating first of her class in 1940, had as their subject one of the most distinguished female spies of the Second World War. A heroine at the centre of scenes like those immortalized in Jean-Pierre Melville’s iconic film Army of Shadows, Jeannie more recently caught the attention of journalists at the New York Times. The American newspaper published in August 2017 an obituary that pays homage to the spy’s “heroic and momentous achievements” on behalf of the French Resistance. French journalists have yet to produce an equivalent.

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Sciences Po, one of the six founding members of the Paris Peace Forum

Sciences Po is proud to be one of the six founding members of the Paris Peace Forum, a global platform for governance projects spearheaded by President Emmanuel Macron (FR). The first ever edition will take place this 11-13 of November, and is to become an annual international event promoting governance solutions in five key areas: peace and security, environment, development, new technologies, and inclusive economy.

Inspired by the COP 21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a forum for discussion and debate, but also a space for showcasing projects led by various stakeholders in governance, including international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, universities, companies and individuals.with special emphasis on civil society initiatives.

My world view has been entirely shaken

Isabel O’Brien, first year student in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po and Columbia University, has been awarded the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarship. Below is an excerpt of her personal statement.

"My father lived in Oswego his whole life, as did his father, as did my great-grandfather before him. When I meet a stranger who has never heard of Oswego (and, to be frank, most people haven’t), the first way I describe my hometown is through numbers — 18,000 people, 300 inches of snow each winter, 25% of the population below the poverty line, and just one hour’s drive from the Canadian border.

Still, there are a lot of things that numbers don’t say. I can express that Oswego is small, but it’s hard to explain to outsiders the quietness of Oswego, and its stillness. I’ll state that Oswego is snowy, but I can’t explain the cyclicality of the seasons — the five-month winter, the muddy spring, the mild summer and ephemeral fall, which come and go each year eerily unchanging, just like they did the year before. I can claim that Oswego is poor, but it’s hard to explain the way that our one bookstore is always empty, but the bars which litter nearly every street corner are always full, no matter what day of the week it is.

At the age of eighteen, I got on a plane and bid Oswego goodbye. Unlike many of my friends, I wasn’t staying in Upstate New York, not even the tri-state area. I was heading to France.

To make an eighteen-year-long story short, my ‘‘academic interest,’’ or rather, my passion, is travel. Not just in the literal sense, with planes, trains, and automobiles, but travel through experience. Reading was the first type of travel I experienced, and I often wonder what could have happened to me had I not read as a child. I was always fascinated by something new, whether it be the French Revolution one month or Ancient China the next. I would devour books at what felt like the speed of light, being taken places that I could only dream of going to.

And then I came to Sciences Po. Today, my best friends are from all over the world — from China to Colombia to, of course, France. The amount that I’ve learned from them in the past eight months is too much to describe in a 1,500-word essay. Nonetheless, my world view has been entirely shaken. The globe to me now is simultaneously both bigger and smaller than how I saw it less than a year ago.

I’ve met people from what feels like everywhere. I see their issues as more nuanced and complicated than I originally did. I see their struggles and their politics and know that, even if I study them my whole life, I will never truly understand it the way they do. Yet, I know there is an inherent similarity between us, and on campus it stretches beyond our obsessions with politics and social sciences. As a child, people who lived abroad were a fascination that I read about in books, incomprehensible and insurmountable in their differences from my own way of life. Now I see that, at the very core of it all, we have the same goals, the same fears. The world is complicated, diverse, and different, but at their very core, people are not."

Gala 2017

On October 8, 2017, the US Sciences Po foundation hosted its 7th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of New York in Midtown. Over 250 Sciences Po alumni, family, friends, and distinguished guests attended an evening celebrating the of the accomplishments of Foundation in 2017. 

The event opened with remarks from Frederic Mion, the President of Sciences Po. He thanked our guests for their continued support for the Foundation, and discussed the ambitious objectives of the university as it approaches its 150th Anniversary. Stephan Haimo, President of the US Sciences Po Foundation, then took the stage to formally welcome those attending to an evening that brought together artists, academics, men and women of business, and world leaders. Following Mr. Haimo’s remarks, Bruce Oberfest, Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Foundation, formally introduced Zachary Young, the 2017 Laureate of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Mr. Young, a graduate of Yale University, was invited to the stage to speak about embarking his studies at Sciences Po, made possible by the generosity of Mr. David-Weill. While guests enjoyed dinner, Cornelia Woll, Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, highlighted the school’s continued dedication to the field of innovation and research, exemplified by the establishment of the Sciences Po Center for Entrepreneurship in Paris.

The evening was highlighted by a thought-provoking discussion between the honoree speaker, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and CEO of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and special guest Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times. Lady Rothschild stressed the importance of a conscience form of capitalism that is sourced from all members of society: not just firms, but governments, individuals, and communities. The discussion opened up to members of the audience, who held dialogues with Lady Rothschild about the movement for inclusive capitalism.

Nathalie Jacquet, the new Head of Strategy and Development of Sciences Po, closed the dinner portion by drawing the name of a lucky guest who purchased one of the evening’s raffle tickets, presenting the prize of two free, roundtrip business class tickets to anywhere in the United States. After dinner, guests were invited to a dessert and cocktail reception in the Metropolitan Club’s Atrium. The dinner portion finished with the remarks of Ms. Jacquet, who stressed the vital importance of the Sciences Po alumni community in furthering the efforts of the US Foundation and the university as a whole.

Alexandra Oh, first recipient of the Henri de Castries Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Alexandra Oh '21, new student at Sciences Po in Reims, and first laureate of the Henri de Castries Scholarship.

The Henri de Castries scholarship, intended to support transatlantic bonds, is awarded to French or American students pursuing Dual BA programs with Sciences Po.

After only a few weeks at Sciences Po she

"has already fallen in love with the the campus and the city. My first week here was the “Integration Week” which consisted of an academic and a social orientation. On the academic side, we simulated a global conference on food and represented different countries, companies, and other major players. We held round-table discussions and lively debates in an attempt to write a resolution on the future of food and sustainability. It was my first time experiencing such a conference, and I was drawn in by everyone’s infectious passion and energy. It really set the stage for the welcoming, intellectual, and outspoken community here at Sciences Po. On the social end, the Bureau des Eleves arranged parties, picnics, and even a “Civil War” where the second year’s put us through our paces. Both years participated throughout the week and I made some great connections with my classmates."

The campus is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building—the former Jesuit College—near the famous Reims cathedral. A real historical monument and architectural wonder, the College was renovated so as to preserve the stones, woodwork, stained glass windows and paintings of the period, while integrating the modern spaces (classrooms and library) required to offer all the services and features of a world-class campus. 

Ms. Oh decribes it as

"a beautiful former Jesuit college with the most amazing library reminiscent of something from a fairytale- and its expanding and renovating!"

Sciences Po ranks 4th in the world for Politics and International Studies

The QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 have just been released. This year, Sciences Po remains in fourth place worldwide for Politics & International Studies, alongside Harvard University, Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and is again the highest ranked in the subject in Continental Europe.

Sciences Po has made remarkable progress in Sociology, climbing to 44th place internationally from 50th last year, and becoming the top French university in the subject.
Another notable breakthrough has been made in History, with Sciences Po entering the world top 100 in 2017. Sciences Po also keeps its top-100 spot in Law and remains the second highest-ranking French university in the subject.
Finally, Sciences Po is first in France for Social Policy & Administration, second for Communication & Media Studies and Development Studies, and third for Economics and Econometrics.

Yale University Senior Zachary M. Young awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Yale University senior Zachary M. Young has been awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship selects one American student each year from applicants at 30 top U.S. universities. Its criteria include: literary and scholastic achievements, capacity for critical analysis, demonstrated history of leadership, and proven commitment to the community.

Young is an Ethics, Politics and Economics major from Cincinnati, Ohio. During his time at Yale, he has been a forceful advocate for free speech and cross-party dialogue. He has been president of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, a team-member of the Yale Debate Association, and the founder of multiple campus discourse groups.

Through his studies at Sciences Po, Young is eager to examine the policy implications of new communications technologies. “I want to assess how the rise of social media companies has altered traditional models of free speech,” Young said.

He added that Sciences Po’s multidisciplinary, hands-on curriculum would allow him to build upon his undergraduate coursework. “I hope to apply my knowledge of free speech to critical areas of public policy, from campaign finance reform to terrorist surveillance rules,” Young said.

Young is especially enthusiastic to be studying in France. “I have always dreamed of spending time there,” he said, “and France’s free speech tradition represents a fascinating counterweight and complement to our American model.” He will be contributing to a student body whose members represent 150 nationalities.

Young has interned at the Wall Street Journal as a Bartley Fellow and at the U.S Senate Finance Committee. He has also worked at New Haven City Hall and in the office of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Before coming to Yale, Young spent a summer in Israel as a Bronfman Youth Fellow. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal and made several appearances on television and radio.

Upon hearing that he had been awarded the scholarship, Young said: “It’s an incredible honor, and I am fortunate to have received it. Now is a momentous time to be studying free speech, in Paris no less, and I am immensely thankful to the David-Weill Foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”