Fulbright-ENS Grants

Fulbright-ENS Paris-Saclay Awards

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.

The ENS Paris-Saclay is a prestigious school of research and higher education careers. These rigorously selected students follow advanced courses in fundamental sciences, humanities and social sciences, and engineering sciences.

The École also offers a number of original research study programs on topics such as quantum technology, artificial intelligence, and creative and immersion research in the largest international laboratories.

Situated on the plateau de Saclay since 2020, ENS Paris-Saclay coordinates the Graduate School of research and higher education careers as a component institution of Université Paris-Saclay. Since its creation, Université Paris-Saclay is ranked the top-ranked universities (16th in the world, first in Mathematics and ninth in Physics - ARWU 2022).

The École’s new building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, brings to life the pedagogy of the École normale supérieure, by blending the areas allocated to research and classrooms and promoting interdisciplinarity.

Along with 3 other French ENS (Lyon, Paris, and Rennes), its public service mission aims to prepare the best students for academic careers, as all these careers in both the public and private sectors require great scientific expertise.

Since January 2020, ENS Paris-Saclay is a member institution of Université Paris-Saclay, which is ranked, for its second classification, 13th in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Université Paris-Saclay is also the ARWU top-ranked French and Continental European university.

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Grants are awarded for 6-12 months for doctoral candidates, and 10 months for Master's students.

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

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Approximately €1000 per month and a full tuition waiver from ENS Paris-Saclay. An additional €550-800 per month from the Franco-American Commission, as well as a €1,200 travel allowance.

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For Master’s programs taught in French, an intermediate level of French is required (B2 on the European scale).

For Master’s programs taught in English and research projects, a basic knowledge of French may be sufficient.

Language courses are offered for free at ENS Paris-Saclay throughout the academic year according to students’ proficiency.

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2025-2026 competition will open on April 2, 2024

For further information, please consult IIE's webpage on Fulbright-ENS Paris-Saclay Award

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. 


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