How to find a scholarship

The funding of the dissertation is very often a prerequisite for the admission to the PhD.


Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire Regional council awards doctoral and postdoctoral grants to students and scholars enrolled in institutions in their region. This support is administered by Pays de la Loire’s institutions of higher education and research.

  • Doctoral grants: Pays de la Loire region provides 3-year grants to support doctoral research. An annual call for proposals is sent to all institutions of higher education and research organizations in the region.
  • Postdoctoral grants: Pays de la Loire region finances postdoctoral grants of up to €60,000 over 12 months. An annual call for proposals is sent to all institutions of higher education and research organizations in the region.


A dedicated grant search engine

CampusBourses is a grant search engine that delivers instant information on financial aid by allowing you to perform searches customized to your needs. It contains data on grant and scholarship programs of national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.


French Government grants

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs provides a large number of grants to international students. A quarter of the grants are awarded by the ministry's offices in Paris (e.g., grants under the Eiffel and Major programs). The rest are awarded by France's embassies. Information on all French government grants is available from the culture and cooperation service of France's embassies and consulates general and through CampusBourses .


European Union

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries. The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:

  • higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level (Action 1) or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted Third-Countries (Action 2);
  • individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships (Action 1 and Action 2);