2014 POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY IN FRANCE
HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN FRANCE
French higher education system, modern and dynamic, trains worldwide leaders in science, business, and culture. With 280,000 international students (12% of the country’s total postsecondary enrolment), France is the 3rd largest host country after the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s 5th largest economy, France owes its success to the quality of its educational system, its capacity in research and innovation. France devotes 1.4% of its GDP to higher education, a level of financing that ensures the quality and recognition of French degrees. France’s central government defrays a very large share of the true cost of education at public institutions (between € 10 000 and € 14 000 per student per year) thereby reducing the student’s tuition burden. In fact, tuition levels at France’s public institutions are among the lowest in the world, making their high-quality degrees a remarkable value.
The broad array of 3,500 universities and specialized post-secondary schools offer thousands of degree programs at all levels (bachelor’s and master’s degrees, doctorate) that can be consulted on www.campusfrance.org/en. Most courses are taught in French, a language spoken by more than 220 million people in 50 countries, but more and more programmes are taught in English.
FRENCH COOPERATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN KENYA
Support for higher education and research is a priority for the France’s foreign policy, and in particular in its cooperation with Kenya.
Campus France, the national agency in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students, researchers, experts and guests, opened a local office in Nairobi where information about the French higher education system can be found. Campus France aims at encouraging student mobility, in a country which has developed a longstanding tradition of welcoming foreign young students.
France cooperation also aims at promoting and developing sustainable partnerships between the French universities and research institutes and their Kenyan counterparts. Numerous joint research programmes are ongoing, as well as few memorandum of understanding.
In Kenya, three French research organisations have resident teams: the International Centre of Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), the French Institute of Research on Africa (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Development (IRD). Their researchers develop several scientific programmes in collaboration with various Kenyan institutions or international research institutes based in Kenya. They offer opportunities for scientific capacity building.
SCHOLARSHIPS OFFER FROM THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE IN KENYA
Since 90’s, France has developed an important scholarships program with Kenya. From year to year, the Embassy of France in Kenya strengthens its scholarship attribution policy. About ten scholarships are allocated annually. These scholarships are mainly intended for postgraduates who are already engaged in a professional activity and want to develop their academic qualifications in agreement with their employer and with the support of French scientific networks.
Masters and PhD scholarships are allocated each year after a selection process involving Kenyan and French scientists and academics, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), representatives of the French Embassy, Campus France Kenya and the Association of France Kenya Alumni (AFRAKEN). For more information, kindly see the calls for applications: