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French embassy offering scholarships to Filipino masteral, doctorate degree aspirants

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Filipino students and professionals who wish to pursue masteral or doctorate degree programs in France have until the end of this month to apply for the scholarship program being offered by the French Embassy.

The Embassy of France to the Philippines, in a statement, announced that it has started accepting applications for the “PhilFrance scholarship program” for the academic year 2019-2020. The said scholarship is a French government scholarship directed to Filipino students and professionals “wishing to come to France to pursue Master’s or Doctorate degree programs in all academic disciplines.”

“It is awarded to highly-qualified candidates who have demonstrated strong academic and leadership qualities in their scholarly and professional activities,” the French Embassy explained. According to the Embassy, over 40 Filipino scholars are “currently pursuing or have recently completed their graduate degrees in the French language and literature, business, public policy and governance, engineering, mathematics, marine biology, applied chemistry, environmental and ecological sciences, and public health” since 2016.

“The scholarship benefits include a partial tuition subsidy, a monthly allowance, a health care package, and priority access to public student accommodations for the expected length of their academic programs,” the French Embassy explained.

Study in France

Citing data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the French Embassy said that there are over 300,000 international students who choose to study in France each year – making it the fourth most attractive country and the leading non-English speaking destination for inbound student mobility.

“For today’s mobile and globalized youth, including those from the Philippines, France is an attractive destination for studying abroad due to its rich culture and history, as well as the high concentration of internationally-ranked French institutions with English as the medium of instruction,” the French Embassy said. “Moreover, public investments and subsidies allow a more reasonable cost of living and studying for international students in France compared to others in the region,” it added.

Aside from this, the French Embassy noted that France “also offers a wide range of specializations in line with the development goals of the Philippines” and these include “academic and research programs on sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and mitigation, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and public policy.”

The Embassy also pointed out that the community of French-educated Filipinos “continues to grow” estimating that over 250 Filipino students currently reside in France – “with many of them pursuing degrees in world-renowned institutions of higher learning.”

“Most Filipinos studying in France are part of undergraduate exchange programs between partner institutions or pursue Master’s degrees in the fields of business, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities,” the French Embassy explained. Through information sessions, participation in education fairs, and personalized consultations, the Campus France Manila office brings French “higher education closer to the Filipino public and helps prospective students make a more informed decision about their academic plans.”

Interested candidates must submit their applications no later than April 30, 2019. The details and guidelines on eligibility, awardees’ benefits, and application requirements and submission are available through the PhilFrance Scholarship Program website. It also contains useful information for applicants to explore higher education institutions and programs offered in France.

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