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 students in Europe
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 Sylvain Quatravaux 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 Sylvain Quatravaux and he will request approval for it.
Financial Aid for students from Africa
Mastercard Foundation Scholarships: Between 2017 and 2022, 120 scholarships will be awarded to students from sub-Saharan African countries with an outstanding academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face financial and other barriers to higher education. The scholarships are awarded for a period of three years for the Bachelor's degree, two years for the Master's degree and one month for the Summer School. They cover the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study period. As well as funding their studies, Sciences Po will offer scholars a specific suite of resources to ensure they have appropriate academic support and to facilitate their transition from education to employment.
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 students from Latin America
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.
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.
The "Líderes Estudar Fellowship" is directed at Brazillian students already enrolled at and in process of admissions to great institutions around the world. It began in 1991, and since then has been offering mentorship, professional support and financial aid to promising leaders in undergraduate, graduate or MBA programs, so they can accelerate their careers and transform Brazil. More information on the Fundaçâo Estudar (website in portuguese).
- The Quiñenco scholarship is designed to enable a deserving Chilean high school student to pursue studies at Sciences Po for the 5 years that comprise the Bachelor's degree at the Undergraduate College and the Master's programme. This scholarship has been made possible thanks to the support of Andrónico Luksic who is keen to strengthen academic ties between France and Chile.
- Becas Chile, CONICYT (website in Spanish)
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.
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.
In 2014, Sciences Po has signed an agreement with CONACYT (website in Spanish), the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology in charge promoting scientific and technological activities. Thanks to this agreement, graduate students from Mexico admitted to Sciences Po, and who benefit from a Conacyt’s scholarship, can get a 25% tuition fee waiver from Sciences Po. In July 2018, Sciences Po's and CONACYT have renewed their scholarship agreement for five more years.
This waiver is offered to a maximum of five (5) Mexican graduate students per academic year and applies only to 2-year programmes offered at Sciences Po. Dual degree programmes and One-Year programmes are not included in this agreement.
More information on CONACYT's scholarships (website in Spanish).
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 students from Asia
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.
Charpak scholarship: The French Embassy in India runs this scholarship dedicated to Indian Master students going to France. Deadline is around mid-April every year.
Tiara Sciences Po grant:This funding consists in a one time grant of $ 5,000 for Indian students going to start their Master at Sciences Po. Application process : This scholarship is reserved to funded admitted students. All Boutmy and Eiffel recipients are considered by Sciences Po. Sciences Po nominates the candidates in May of every year and Tiara Foundation conducts a round of interviews subsequently.
More information on scholarships for Indian Master and PhD students (PDF, 127 Kb).
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.
France Excellence scholarship: information on the Campus France website.
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 for Arab Students
Scholarships for Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) students