SMARTS-UP Masters-level Scholarship for International Students at Université Paris Cité, France

The Université Paris Cité offers the SMARTS-UP Masters-level Scholarship for international students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in France for the academic year 2023-2024. This scholarship aims to promote the internationalization of Master’s courses and attract top global students to create a pool of excellence for future doctoral recruitment.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2023, at 5 pm (CET).

Brief Description:

  • University: Paris Cité University
  • Course Level: Master
  • Award: €8,000 each
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Nationality: International
  • Location: France

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Master’s degree program
  • Admissible Criteria:
    • Foreign nationality and newcomers to a French university.
    • For Master 1 applicants: hold a foreign diploma equivalent to a License or a Bachelor’s degree.
    • For Master 2 applicants: completed at least one year of full-time Masters in a related disciplinary field.
    • Bi-national candidates with French nationality are not eligible.
    • Students outside Europe must register for the Masters via the Etudes en France platform.

How to Apply:

  • Download the SMARTS-UP 2023-2024 call for applications.
  • Apply to one of the Graduate Schools participating in the Master’s programs.

Supporting Documents:

  • CV (1 page)
  • Cover letter (1 page) explaining career goals, how the Master’s program will help achieve them, and motivations to join Université Paris Cité.
  • Two recommendation letters from former or current professors, lecturers, tutors, or supervisors.
  • Transcripts of records from Bachelor’s degree onwards.
  • Abstracts of previous work (e.g., dissertation, books, internship reports, scientific articles) if applicable.
  • Research project: submit a short research proposal (3-4 pages, including references).

Admission Requirements:

  • Students outside Europe must register for the Master’s via the Etudes en France platform.

Language Requirement:

  • In some cases, provide the results of an official French test (TCF).


  • The scholarship is awarded for one year (2023-2024).
  • Paris Cité University provides an €8,000 scholarship in three installments (€4,000 in November 2023, €3,000 in February 2024, and €1,000 in May 2024).
  • The program finances Master’s studies through master grants of €8,000 each, enabling the University’s graduate schools to welcome international students to their Master’s programs.
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