Fulbright-ENS Grants

Fulbright-ENS Paris-Saclay Awards

2-4 awards granted

6-12 months in France

Graduating college seniors, recent graduates, master's, and Ph.D.-level candidates interested pursuing studies and/or research at ENS Paris-Saclay in the following fields are eligible to apply: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Two to four awards of 6 to 12 months each are offered to pursue a master's degree or research at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay (previously ENS Cachan) in the fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

ENS Paris-Saclay is the Université Paris-Saclay’s rigorously selective graduate school for research and higher education careers, and upholds the highest scientific standards. As both a school and center for research, ENS Paris-Saclay is faithful to the Ecoles normales supérieures’ tradition of excellence. Through its diploma (4-year degree), it provides “normaliens” with bolstered research-led disciplinary training with an international and multidisciplinary outlook in the fields of fundamental sciences, engineering, as well as humanities and social sciences. This education scheme then leads them to a master’s degree or doctorate.

In 2020, ENS Paris-Saclay moved to a new building on the Plateau de Saclay (19 miles to the south of Paris), where it can more easily benefit from the opportunities provided by the Paris-Saclay cluster and the newly established Université Paris-Saclay, of which ENS Paris-Saclay is a member.

For its first classification, Université Paris-Saclay was ranked 14th in the world in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and 1st in the world for Mathematics as well as 9th in the world for Physics (1st in Europe). In short, Université Paris-Saclay ranks among the Top 50 best universities in the world in no less than 25 disciplines.

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Grants are awarded for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Grant periods may vary for independent research projects.

Grants will generally begin on September 1 through June 30 for university attendance.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day in-country orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February (organized by the Fulbright Commission in France).

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Approximately €1000 per month and a full tuition waiver from ENS Paris-Saclay. An additional €500 per month from the Franco-American Commission, as well as a €1,200 travel allowance.

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Do I need to speak French?
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French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright program in France; however, language courses are offered by ENS Paris-Saclay to selected grantees. In the Fulbright online application, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

ENS Paris-Saclay delivers 7 master’s programs in English, and there are 8 master’s programs delivered in both French and English. An intermediate knowledge of French is required for candidates interested in pursuing coursework in French. A basic knowledge of French may be sufficient for candidates proposing scientific research projects.

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It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with ENS Paris-Saclay. Applicants are required to first contact the ENS Paris-Saclay International Office (ri-incoming@ens-paris-saclay.fr) for information on the procedure to apply for the ENS Paris-Saclay international scholarship.

A letter of affiliation signed by the relevant supervisor at ENS Paris-Saclay should be submitted with the application for applicants pursuing both degree-seeking and research projects. Applicants enrolling in a degree seeking program must apply to ENS Paris-Saclay as well once they have been confirmed as Fulbright grantees. 

The application deadline is October 12, 2021. See https://us.fulbrightonline.org/ for details.

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