Frequently Asked Questions
I am on the MIR selected list but I cannot afford to pay the tuition fees/ participation costs, are there any other MIR scholarships I can apply for?
What is the Eiffel Scholarship programme?
The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program is a French scholarship “established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programs”.
“It gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applicants up to 25 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.”
What does the Eiffel scholarship cover?
The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 24 months for awardees entering the first year of a master’s program (M1) and mainly consists of a monthly allowance of 1181 euros.
In addition, the Eiffel scholarship covers:
• A round-trip international air travel between the awardee’s home country and France
• Two train tickets (one to the first location of study and one from the last study location to the airport)
• Reimbursement of up to 50 euros of the cost of travel via taxi or public transportation from the airport or train station to the first study location.
• Health insurance coverage will be provided by Campus France for non-EU awardees until the effective date of the awardee’s enrollment in the French Social Security system.
• Reimbursement of up to a certain amount of a supplemental health insurance (“mutuelle”)
• Cultural activities
/!\ The Eiffel scholarship does not cover tuitions fees /!\
Does the Eiffel scholarship cover tuition fees (MIR Participation fees?)
NO, as part of your application you will also need to provide information/evidence on how you will pay the tuition fees.
Who can apply (eligibility criteria)?
– Only already MIR Program reserve list and selected/accepted list candidates
– Applicants must be no more than 25 years old on the date of the selection committee, (i.e. born after March 1995)
– French candidates and binational candidates, if one of the nationality is French, are not eligible
– Students already receiving a grant from the French government under another programme at the time of application are not eligible, even if it is a social welfare grant
– Students who have never been candidates to the Eiffel scholarship before, who have never been granted the Eiffel scholarship can apply
– Students studying abroad have priority over those already residing in France
In March 2021 I will be 26 years old can I apply?
No, you can’t.
I want to follow the MIR masters programme but didn’t manage to apply last year, can I still apply now for the Eiffel scholarship?
No, if you were eligible to apply for the Eiffel scholarship via the MIR programme you would have already received an email.
How to apply?
If you are a selected or reserve list MIR candidate you should have received an email with detailed instructions on how to apply, and a link to an application form.
You will also need to provide additional documents. Briefly these include:
– Updated CV/ résumé in specifying the candidate’s achievements (maximum 2 pages);
– Any document attesting to the candidate’s excellence. This document must specify the candidate’s performance, to be justified by: grade, ranking, position in the class, number of students in the class, diplomas with indication of speciality, date obtained, grades and final marks certified by the institution;
– Assessment of the person in charge of the course on the excellence of the candidate, summarising the elements which have enabled the excellence of the candidate to be judged. This information is in addition to the documents to be attached; (The MIR coordinator will provide this letter on your behalf);
– The candidate’s professional project (maximum 2 pages). This presentation may be supported by an opinion from people outside the institution, for example from a company;
– Academic transcript (results) of the last three years referring to an academic career both in France and abroad;
– Passport photocopy containing the following information: surname, first name, date of birth and passport number;
– Minimum B2 level English proficiency proof (you can make use of the proof authorized for the MIR programme application, https://www.master-mir.eu/admission-requirements/);
Each file cannot exceed a size of 3 MB. The language used in the files can be either French or English.
What is the Eiffel scholarship application deadline?
The NATIONAL official Eiffel scholarship deadline is January 8, 2021.
However, as UTLN is responsible for checking the eligibility of applications, UTLN has its own deadline. Applicants must send their complete applications by December 6, 2020 at the latest.
/!\ UTLN will only send a few Eiffel scholarship application. /!\
When will the Eiffel results be announced?
UTLN will inform you in January regarding whether your application was successful and passed on to the second round NATIONAL evaluation.
The NATIONAL results will be announced around March 22, 2021.
Where can I find more information about the Eiffel scholarships?
Presentation of the Eiffel scholarship: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel-scholarship-program-of-excellence
Eiffel Program Guidelines: https://www.campusfrance.org/system/files/medias/documents/2020-10/Vademecum_Eiffel_2021_en.pdf
Are my recommendation letters only limited to academia (professors, university faculty, tutors)? Or could my references extend to my employers and civil societies?
Ideally your recommendation letters should come from your professors. However, if this is not possible, for example you have been out of university for sometime and your main professors have retired, you could obtain references from your employers, should they be related and have proven expertise in the domains of the MIR programme.
What are the contents and format of the motivation letter ?
There is no precise format for the motivation letter although there is a 1000 character limit . Motivation letters need to be specific to the MIR programme and not generic.
What is the format for the recommendation letters?
There is no specific format for the recommendation letters. However, they need to be written on institution letter headed paper and signed with blue ink
Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee
Is there a way for referees to send their recommendation letters directly?
You may ask the referee to send their recommendation letter to our email address: email@example.com Stating clearly your application ID. Then instead of uploading into the system the recommendation letter, you may upload a plain document with the referee’s contact details and a line stating that they have sent the recommendation letters to the said email address.
I am of french nationality or classified as french resident according to Erasmus + rules. Can I apply for an EMJMD MIR scholarship?
No, unfortunately you are not eligible for the EMJMD MIR scholarship as you would not be able to conduct 2 mobilities in countries other than that of your residence as is required by the Erasmus regulations.
However, do not hesitate to check with us if there are other scholarships available which you could apply for.
I am in my final year of my Bachelors degree, and I will finish this summer, can I apply to the Master MIR?
Yes, you can apply as long as at the time of registering in September, (should you be successful) you are able to provide a copy of your degree. In the mean time during the application process you can upload your most recent transcripts with your grades.
What is the 30 ECTS mathematics-related modules criteria?
The 30 ECTS (out of a total of 180 ECTS) in mathematics-related subjects represents around a 17% of your program. All subjects that have a mathematics component (such as Linear algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Information theory, Algorithm analysis, Data analysis, Probability, Statistics, Discrete structures,…) may be considered mathematics-related.
Do I also have to upload high school diploma/transcripts?
Only university studies diploma/transcripts are required. However you may upload other supporting documents that you consider appropriate in the “Other supporting documents” field in the application form. A candidate may refer to these documents in their motivation letter or CV.
When will I receive my admission/rejection notification emails?
Please note that due to the huge number of applicants, we cannot respond individually to people who want to know the results of the admissions process before we send the acceptance and rejection letters. We regret this, and wish all applicants the best of luck.
I have been selected, am I required to send any documentation?
Applicants from China
Applicants who have a first degree from China must submit an application to CHESICC. Once the transcripts and diplomas have a CHESICC stamp, they must be sent by email to the MIR coordination office
Applicants from Pakistan
Applicants who have a first degree from Pakistan must submit an application to HEC. Once the transcripts and diplomas have a HEC stamp, they must be sent by email to the MIR coordination office
Documents to be sent as hard copies by post to the address stated in the acceptance letters
- Transcripts of bachelor’s/undergraduate diplomas:
- Successful applicants with degrees from Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, Uganda and the USA must send their bachelor’s transcripts as hard copies directly from the relevant college/university, in addition to uploading them online.
When does the MIR course start and when should I arrive?
When do classes begin?
Can I appeal the decision if my application was not accepted?
I have received notification that I am on the reserve list, what now?
I have received notification that I have been accepted on the MIR programme, what now?
I have not received any notification, what does this mean?
I am an applicant with a degree from China
I am an applicant with a degree from Pakistan
Can I defer my admission until next year?
What to do Next when you have received your MIR admittance admission letter ?
Before you arrive…