Bursaries and financial aid

To ensure that all students admitted to Sciences Po successfully complete their studies, Sciences Po has substantially reinforced its social aid policy.

This policy is defined in consultation with faculty and student representatives who sit on the Joint Commission and the Board of Management. A progress report is submitted each year to these two bodies.

A monitoring group, consisting of professors, students and experts, meets regularly to evaluate the social aid scheme and suggest new guidelines.


The Bursaries and financial aid office is located at:

9, rue de la Chaise - 75007 Paris
Garden level
Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
and on Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

From May to October, our offices are open non-stop from Monday to Thursday from 9 :30 am to 12 :00pm and on Friday from 9 :30 to 12 :00pm.

Contact : Info.bourses@sciencespo.fr

Students from a European Economic Area member country

CROUS bursaries (based on household income)

Students from a European Economic Area member country who have studied in France for at least one year are eligible to apply for the CROUS needs-based bursary (fr.) by completing the Student Social File (Dossier Social Etudiant) on the CROUS website from the 15th January onwards. Students are required to apply every year before the 31st May.

Apply for the CROUS bursary: Student Social File (Dossier Social Etudiant) application (fr.)

Sciences Po Europe bursary

To compensate for the lack of bursaries and grants that the government awards to European students, Sciences Po has decided to establish a very ambitious social aid policy in their favour. Students from a European Economic Area member country who fulfill the Crous eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive a bursary from Sciences Po which is equivalent to the Crous bursary as long as students meet the eligibility requirements.

This bursary is only awarded to students during their first year of study in France. Students who are eligible are required to apply for the Crous bursary for their second year of study and applications must be made during the first year of study at Sciences Po between the 15th January and the 31st May.

To find out if you are eligible for the Sciences Po Europe bursary, students can calculate their Crous status on the Crous website.

Eligible students will be placed in one of eight Crous levels (0bis to 7) according to parents' gross income and family expense points (points de charge) and will receive a tuition fee waiver and cost of living bursary which you will receive in 10 monthly disbursements from September to June.

Important information: Students are not authorised to accumulate the Sciences Po Europe bursary with any other bursary, grant or scholarship. The Sciences Po Europe bursary is awarded to students according to the same criteria used by the Crous.

How to apply ?

Students can apply for the Sciences Po Europe bursary as soon as they have accepted their admission's offer. The deadline for applying is the 30th June 2017.

Students are required to complete the steps as listed below :

  1.  Complete the online application form by logging in to your Sciences Po Gmail account (firstname.lastname@sciencespo.fr)
  2. Register administratively online in accordance with the administrative registrations calendar. When completing your administrative registration online, please ensure that you declare yourself as a Sciences Po scholarship holder ("I am a Sciences Po scholarship holder"), follow the steps and submit your online administrative registration.

Do not forget to indicate your bank details in your name in your Sciences Po online area  («administrative services, housing and financial aid », «registration file and certificates», «to enter your bank account details - optional»).

Once you have submitted your online administrative registration,  we will examine your application for the Sciences Po Europe bursary and you will be asked to provide additional documents.

We aim to deal with your application within one month and you will be informed by email. All applications dealt with within this be period must be considered complete and include the required translated documents.

Incomplete or late applications will not be dealt with. Students with an incomplete or late application will not be considered as a scholarship student and tuition fees will be calculated by the administrative registration department.

Sciences Po's bursaries and financial aid office is open to students from Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4pm and on Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm at 9 rue de la Chaise on the lower ground floor.

At the beginning of the academic year, the office is open non-stop from 9.30 am to 4pm.

Contact the bursaries and financial aid office : info.bourses@sciencespo.fr

Sciences Po exchange students from a European partner university

Exchange students at Sciences Po do not pay tuition fees as tuition fees are paid directly to their home university. Exchange students from a European partner university may be eligible to apply for a bursary from their home university through the Erasmus+ programme.

Please note that Sciences Po does not offer any bursaries or scholarships to exchange students. Exchange students are eligible to apply for funding through the Erasmus+ programme or are encouraged to contact their home university directly to see if they are eligible for any bursaries or scholarships.

Students from outside the European Economic Area

Sciences Po’s bursaries and financial aid office administers several bursary and scholarship programmes. In 2010, non-European students received more than   € 1.6 million out of € 3.6 million worth of funds.

Please read carefully the information on this page as well as information on the "Other scholarships" page. You may be eligible for certain scholarship programmes.

The Emile-Boutmy Scholarship

The Emile Boutmy scholarship is awarded by Sciences Po to students who are first time applicants from outside of the European Economic Area who demonstrate academic excellence and fulfil the profile requirements. 

More information

The Mastercard Foundation scholarships

Sciences Po joins the Mastercard Foundation scholars programme in 2017.

The Mastercard scholarships are merit based scholarships designed for high school and university students, originating from sub-Saharan African countries. They are awarded on social criteria, for a duration of 3 years for the Bachelor scholarships, and for 2 years for the Master scholarships.

Scholarships cover Sciences Po tuition fees and living expenses in France during the student’s study period.

Bachelor scholarships are only allocated to students applying for the Europe-Africa programme on the Reims campus.

The scholarships awarding process for the 2017-2018 academic year is restricted to a pilot network of high schools and is not open to external applications.

The terms and conditions of the Mastercard scholarships application and awarding process for the 2018-2019 academic year will be published in September 2017.

Campus France

For information regarding Campus France scholarship opportunities please refer to the Campus France search engine.

Scholarships from your home country

You may be eligible for other scholarship programmes depending on your country of origin.

For further information, please consult the International Affairs Division (DAI) website.

Doctoral Programme

Information regarding funding and scholarship opportunities for doctoral students can be found on Sciences Po’s doctoral school website.

Other scholarships

Several other bursaries are available to Sciences Po students according to different requirements such as nationality, academic achievements, career plan and level of study.


Aulagnon-Bettan Prize

The Aulagnon-Bettan prize is awarded by MAB Finances and rewards first year students at Sciences Po for their commitment to promoting and improving society through education.

Four prizes of 5000, 4000, 3000 and 2000 euros are awarded to the winners. Exceptionally, a single price of 14 000 euros may be awarded.

For more information

Bursaries for Asia 

Refer to the relevant French embassy website to learn of specific bursary programmes offered by the French government.

There may also be locally sponsored bursary programmes through your home university, government institutions or even numerous foundations within your home country. Please refer to the respective websites of these organisations to determine your eligibility for financial assistance.

For more information please refer to the Centre for Asia at Sciences Po.

Bursary for students looking for their first job (ARPE)

The ARPE bursary has been created to help recently graduated students whilst looking for their first job. Students are required to be under the age of 28 years old and must demonstrate low family income.

For further information, please consult Sciences Po's Career Services' website.

Campus France

For information on the bursary programmes please refer to the Campus France search engine.

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Created by Sciences Po and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in 2015, the Boutmy-CSC joint scholarship aims to form some of the best Chinese students with a solid academic base and rich professional experience.

For more information

Civil Society Leadership Award

The purpose of the Civil Society Leadership is to help future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development.

Contact Sciences Po: Pauline Couteau, Direction des Affaires internationales (DAI)

For more informationle about the Civil Society Leadership Award

Claude Erignac Award

The Claude Erignac Association was created shortly after the assassination of the Prefect Claude Erignac in February 1998 with the goal to preserve the memory and values that guided his actions in life.

The association, in partnership with Sciences Po, created the Claude Erignac Award meant to support students who have completed Sciences Po's undergraduate programme and distinguished themselves during their studies by an exemplary commitment to civic engagement through academic or voluntary projects. The award should also contribute to encouraging recipients to maintain their social and civic engagement.

This award, which carries a value of € 8,000, will be offered to one individual or a group of recipients for exemplary academic achievement in their undergraduate studies and whose commitment resonate with republican and humanist values such as general and collective interest, concern for the plight of others, respect for the differences of others or the commitment to equality of opportunity and success for all.

For more information

DAAD Merit Scholarship

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers to support students who wish to spend their first year of graduate studies at Sciences Po. The DAAD will cover tuition fees for students who are both admitted to Sciences Po and selected for the DAAD Scholarship. Any student who wishes to spend his/her second year of Master at Sciences Po may request for a renewal of the scholarship contingent upon his/her academic results. This renewal may be granted in exceptional cases. Candidates must apply separately to a Sciences Po Master programme and the DAAD.

Contact at Sciences Po: Frank Stadelmaier, International Affairs Division (DAI) – Centre for Europe

For more information

David Gritz Scholarship

The David Gritz Scholarship was created to honor the memory of David Gritz, a student killed in a terrorist attack at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on July 31, 2002. Created in 2012, the David Gritz Scholarship is meant to attract undergraduate and graduate Israeli citizens who wish to study at Sciences Po.

For more information

Diversity in the Civil Service bursary (l'ALDIV)

Students registered at Sciences Po in the preparatory course who will take the French competitive examinations can apply for the Diversity in the Civil Service bursary (l'ALDIV). This bursary is managed by the Paris prefecture and the Ile de France region.

The bursary amounts to 2000 euros for the year and can be combined with the Crous bursary. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of household income and academic results.

Students from an EU or EEA member country or Swiss nationals are eligible to apply for this bursary. All important information can be found on the Ile-de-France region website (in French). Students must send their completed application including all supporting documents by the 30th September 2016 at the latest (the date of the post office stamp or Prefecture) to the following address: Préfecture de la région d'Île-de-France – PFRH (Allocation diversité), 5 rue Leblanc, 75911 Paris Cedex 15. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application in November 2016 after the organization of a commission. Students will not be given any information by telephone.

Successful candidates will receive the first installment before the end of the year and the second installment after the attendance check carried out during the first trimester in 2017.

Eiffel Scholarship

The Eiffel Scholarship programme, launched in January 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, is aimed at foreign students recognised for academic excellence who will pursue their studies at French institutions of higher education.

For more information

Federal Direct Loans Program

The Federal Direct Loans Program (FDLP) provides eligible American citizens with repayable loan funds enabling them to pay expenses related to their higher education.

For more information

Fondation de France (scholarships guidebook)

The Foundation of France has created a scholarships guidebook designed to help students find a scholarship according to their profile and academic project.

This guide lists all scolarships, loans and prizes awarded by the Foundation of France and its 120 other foundations and covers mobility grants and academic scolarships.

For more information on Fondation de France scholarships guidebook (fr.)

Franco-American Fulbright Commission

The US Student Program is open to students with a bachelor's degree or a master's degree.

The Franco-American Fulbright Commission's US Student Program offers grants to graduating college seniors, recent bachelor-degree recipients as well as master and doctoral-degree candidates.

For more information

French Government Scholarships (AEFE)

The French government, through the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs supports student mobility by offering scholarships to students with an excellent academic background (bourses Excellence-Major).

These scholarships allow the best non-French students from French high schools abroad to follow a higher education degree in France. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum duration of 5 years and up to Master 2 level or equivalent.

Non-French students are selected on every continent. Nominations are made by the school's principal and approved by the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the diplomatic post in the country. To secure the scholarship, selected students must receive the baccalaureate with "very good" or "good."

For further information, please refer to the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE)

Henri de Castries Scholarship

Sciences Po's desire to attract the brightest and most deserving students coincides with the spirit of AXA to support transatlantic bonds, and the vision of Henri de Castries to foster French-American relations.

Through the Henri de Castries Scholarship, Sciences Po will offer a merit-based scholarship for students in order to help them sustain their stay in France during their studies. Students who apply to the Henri de Castries Scholarship can be enrolled in either the Columbia or Berkeley dual BA program with Sciences Po.

Further information about the Henri de Castrie Scholarship

KSP Excellence Scholarship

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po offers multiple scholarships to outstanding students admitted to Sciences Po at the Master level. Opportunities include: KSP Excellence Scholarship for the Study of the Arab World and Gulf Region; KSP Excellence Scholarship for Arab Students; KSP Excellence Scholarship for Least Developed Countries.

For more information

L'Oreal Excellence Award Asia

The L'Oréal Excellence Award Asia rewards one student with a grant of 5000 euros. The scholarship is open to students currently studying in a Master's program at Sciences Po Paris.

Students who are have lived or worked in an Asian country for a period of 12 months are eligible to apply.

The deadline for the 2016-17 academic year is the 10th April 2017.

For more information (PDF, 274 ko)

MAEDI Scholarship

This scholarship programme gives the opportunity to Syrian students enrolled in a French Higher Education Institution for the forthcoming year to have a monthly scholarship allowance together with other advantages, for a duration of 1 to 3 years.

Pour plus d'informations

Contact Sciences Po : Caterina Sabbatini-Clec'h :

MDP Scholarship

On a competitive basis, scholarships are awarded each year to MDP (Master in Development Practice) candidates (who are not eligible for the Emile-Boutmy scholarship). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of need as well as merit. They range from partial to full tuition remission, and are valid for study at Sciences Po upon sufficient academic performance (top 50% of class). They do not cover living expenses, books, or field training.

For more information

Michel David-Weill Scholarship  

In comparison to the many scholarship programmes offered by the world's most prestigious universities, the Michel David-Weill Scholarship constitutes a true innovation for Sciences Po. This scholarship is awarded every year to an American student from a top-tier university to pursue his/her postgraduate education at Sciences Po in Paris, France. This scholarship represents the core values embodied by Michel David –Weill – excellence, leadership and high achievement.

For more information 

MPA Scholarship 

A limited number of competitive scholarships are awarded each year to Master in Public Affairs (MPA) candidates (those who are not eligible for the Emile Boutmy Scholarship). These bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need as well as merit in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%.They do not cover living expenses.

For scholarship consideration, please contact directly the MPA team:

National Administration School bursary (ENA)

Students registered at Sciences Po in the preparatory course who will take the competitive exams for the National Administration School (ENA) can apply for a bursary.

The application form is to be completed online. Students must send their confirmation letter before the 10th October 2016 by email to: info.bourses@sciencespo.fr. The National Administration School (ENA) is responsible for the attribution of all bursaries. The bursary amounts to 3156 euros for the year and cannot be combined with any other scholarship or bursary (excluding the diversity bursary).

For more information:

QS scholarships

As part of QS's mission to provide information and access to universities and graduate programs, QS offers US$1.7 million in scholarship funding to selected applicants.

For more information

REFEB Bourses de terrain

L'ambassade de France subventionne des bourses de terrain de 3 à 6 mois au Brésil pour des jeunes chercheurs brésilianistes en sciences humaines et sociales.

Attention : date limite de dépôt des candidatures dimanche 6 novembre 2016

Plus d'informations :

Seydoux scholarship

Created with the support from the Fondation de France , the Seydoux scholarship commemorates the memory of René Seydoux and his commitment to dialogue in the Mediterranean region. The scholarship is open to citizens and/or residents in ten countries located in the expanded Mediterranean Basin allowing who wish to study at Sciences Po at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Further information about the Seydoux scholarship

Stephen M. Kellen scholarship

The Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship designed to attract the brightest and most deserving students to the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin.

It encourages promising young individuals to commit to Europe by giving them the keys to law, economics, history, political science, and sociology; the opportunity to speak at least three languages; and the ability to navigate in both German and French cultures.

Further information about the Stephen M. Kellen scholarship

Mobility Grants

All student mobility grants are awarded on the basis of family income.

To make the most of your study period abroad, we strongly recommend that you elaborate a budget before departure. Student mobility grants for which you are eligible are unable to cover all costs of your semester or year abroad.

Bursary students are able to keep their bursary and additional financial support from Sciences Po during their semester or year abroad

For internships and study abroad programmes in Europe: Erasmus+ bursaries

Erasmus+ is a European Commission programme designed to encourage student exchanges between European partner universities participating in the programme. All mobility between Sciences Po students and its partner universities and companies in Europe is conducted under the Erasmus+ programme. Applications to the Erasmus+ programme are managed by the Centre for Europe (International Affairs Division).

For further information on the Erasmus+ progamme.

For internships and study abroad programmes outside Europe

Students are awarded a grant through Sciences Po's International Mobility Fund (FMI), the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (CROUS) and the Ile de France Regional Council (CRIF). Students must not apply for a mobility grant through the above-named bodies as funds are directly transferred to Sciences Po.

Grants are awarded by Sciences Po to students following the criteria as listed below

Only students embarking on a mandatory and credited study abroad and internship period are eligible to apply. Students on a gap year (semester or full year) or registered with a Masters dual-degree programme are not eligible to apply for a student mobility grant. Bachelor dual-degree students are only eligible to apply for their 3rd year of study.

Students are not authorised to accumulate more than one student mobility grant. By signing the application, students agree to inform Sciences Po of any mobility grant they have applied to and have been awarded.

Students cannot submit their student mobility application to Sciences Po until they have been informed of their study abroad destination. Students however are advised to start preparing their application as soon as possible.

The application below is only applicable to students studying abroad or carrying out an internship outside of Europe

Student mobility grant application 2017-2018 (PDF, 99 Ko)

Sciences Po's bursaries and financial aid office is open to students:

9 rue de la Chaise,
Monday to Thursday, 9:30am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm,
Friday from 9:30am to 12:00pm

Contact the bursaries and financial aid office

Exchange students at Sciences Po

Exchange students are not eligible to apply for a student mobility grant through Sciences Po. Please note that Sciences Po does not offer any bursaries or scholarships to exchange students.

Exchange students from a European partner university are eligible to apply for funding through the Erasmus+ programme and should contact their home university for further information.

All other students are encouraged to contact their home university directly to see if they are eligible for any bursaries or scholarships.

Other financial assistance

Max Lazard Prize

The Max Lazard prize provides funding for original research projects that reflect the recipient's personal orientation and those of Max Lazard. While addressing a social and civic issue, the project may involve an investigation, a study trip, consulting a collection of documents, or visiting an institution or social organisation in France or abroad. Students must intend to pursue their project on an individual basis.

The Max Lazard Prize for 2016 was awarded to Safia ELKHATABI and Bruno RAMDJEE.

For more information on the Max Lazard prize (in French).

Laëtitia Craig Prize

The aim of the Laëtitia Craig prize is to mentor one to three Sciences Po students who will be spending their third year abroad in South East Asia. The prize is awarded to students capable of demonstrating curiosity, international openness, generosity and enthusiasm.

Students intending to apply for this prize must complete the student international mobility grant application (outside Europe) and include a motivational letter and CV with their application. Students are expected to explain their reasons for wanting to study in a South East Asian partner university in their letter.

The Laëtitia Craig in 2016 was awarded to Lise Hemelsdaël, Louise Brunie Jean Charles and Clara Lorenzo. All three students received a prize of 5000 euros each to finance their third year abroad in South East Asia.

Further information about the Laëtitia Craig prize.

Marion Bruley Grant

The Marion Bruley grant, worth 5000$, is awarded to a third year Sciences Po student carrying out an internship with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States of America. Students can work at a French consulate or any other international organisation such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank.

The prize is awarded based on academic excellence and family income.

Students intending to apply for this prize must complete the student international mobility grant application (outside Europe) and include a motivational letter and CV in English with their application. Students are also expected to provide evidence of their internship in the USA (internship agreement).

For more information

Victoria Prize

The Victoria prize, funded by Cabanettes, aims to help students fund their third year abroad. Students must ne enrolled on Sciences Po’s undergraduate studies programme (all campuses) and be a Crous scholarship holder level 5, 6 or 7.

The candidates must demonstrate curiosity, openness, generosity and enthusiasm in particular regarding projects promoting education.

For more information

KSP mobility grant

The KSP mobility grant program supports projects of Sciences Po students in countries of the Arab World and the Gulf Region with the aim of enhancing their experience in the region. These projects may take different forms, including studies at a partner university, internships or field research in the region. Both undergraduate and graduate students at Sciences Po may be eligible for the KSP mobility grant.

For more information

Pierre Ledoux Foundation scholarship

The Pierre Ledoux Foundation - Youth International's objective is to promote the training of young people through a better knowledge of the outside world, the expansion of their horizons and the international dimension of training by taking part in their international mobility.

For more information on Pierre Ledoux Foundation scholarship

Friendship scholarship between France/New Zealand

This Friendship scholarship aims to facilitate student mobility between France and New Zealand by granting two scholarships each year: one to a New Zealand student wishing to pursue studies in France, the other to a French student planning to continue his or graduate studies in New Zealand.

General information:

For further information concerning application details and calendar

Create a budget for the duration of your studies

Here is some advice to help you pursue your studies in the best possible conditions, and without the need to worry about your financial situation during the academic year. By preparing a sound budget, you will avoid certain financial troubles and fully benefit from your time at Sciences Po.

You should prepare well in advance for your arrival at Sciences Po. In particular, if your country of residence for tax purposes is located outside of the European Union, you will be required to pay higher tuition fees.

Be sure to consider beforehand your potential courses expenses and living costs for the duration of your stay in Paris.

The cost of living in Paris is quite high. You should expect to pay, on average, € 650 in monthly rent. By including the cost of food, transport, books and leisure activities – after all, you will be in Paris – your budget should be at least € 1,000 per month.

You must also include tuition fees (€ 10,150 for the undergraduate level and € 13,970 for the Master level), which will nearly double your budget to € 2,000 per month.

Remember to include travel expenses if you live outside or far from France.

Should you plan on working during your studies, bear in mind that it may take some time before finding a job.

Do not underestimate the cost of accommodation. € 650 represents only the average cost and you may potentially end up paying higher rent. Keep in mind that your landlord will ask you to pay in addition the equivalent of one month's rent as a deposit when you sign the tenancy agreement.

These can represent significant expenses for some students, hence the need to plan ahead.

Sciences Po awards scholarships on the basis of merit, which by definition are not offered to all students.

You should research potential funding from your home region, government, privates businesses, etc. Be sure to explore all possible options. Start early, as the application process is often time-consuming. In several countries you may also take out a student loan from a bank, which you will be obligated to reimburse once you are employed.

The more you prepare in advance, the better your experience will be at Sciences Po.

Certain cost-of-living factors


Culture (books, newspapers),
leisure, entertainment
€ 300-400 (water and electricity included)
€ 250-300
€ 50-70
Most students get around by foot or bicycle. DIVIA bus fare: € 1 for one-hour pass or € 8.50 for 10 tickets.
Bicycle sharing subscription:
€ 24/year. Paris-Dijon round-trip train (TER) fare: € 60 
Le Havre
€ 300-350/ month in CROUS residence
€ 200-250 
€ 50-70
Most students get around by foot or bicycle. Monthly bus pass: € 34
€ 400-600 (water and electricity included)
€ 250-300
€ 50-100
No expense necessary since students reside nearby the campus (round-trip Menton-Nice train fare: € 7 to € 8)
€ 350-400 (water and electricity included)
€ 200-250
€ 50-70
Most students get around by foot or bicycle. Monthly bus pass: € 26
€ 600 (water and electricity included)
€ 250-300
€ 100-150
ImaginR card subscription (for those under 25 years old): from € 30.40/month (zones1-2) to € 66.76/month (zones 1 to 5). Alternative subscription: from € 43 to € 53/month
€ 300-350 (water and electricity included)
€ 200-250
€ 50-70
Annual card subscription: € 150
€ 300-500 (water and electricity included)
€ 200-250
€ 50-70 
Monthly bus pass: € 28