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Are you about to enrol on a Masters in the UK and want help to fund your studies? We will be calling for applications for scholarships for French students who will commence their post-graduate study in the UK in Sept/Oct 2020.

The Entente Cordiale Scholarship aims to forge links and advance understanding between France and the United Kingdom through the exchange of the brightest young professionals. It was launched in 1995 by UK Prime Minister, John Major and French President, Jacques Chirac. Over 500 exceptional students have benefitted from the scholarships since this time. 

This year the main Entente Cordiale scholarship scheme will be ran in parallel to a specific scholarship scheme in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills for students wishing to undertake a Master’s degree in law. 

Please note that all applications for legal studies will be considered exclusively for the Hubert Smith Freehills scholarship. Applicants must specify on the online application form above if they have applied for a Masters in Law (LLM).  All other applications will be considered for the main scheme.

The opening of the application process for the academic year 2020-2021 will be announced on this page. 

What is an Entente Cordiale scholarship?

An Entente Cordiale scholarship can help you fund one year of full-time postgraduate study in a British university, at Masters level. The total value of an Entente Cordiale scholarship award amounts to 8-10,000 €. 

The award is for a maximum of one year. Applications for a second year of funding by existing scholars will not be considered.  Please note the award cannot be made to candidates receiving substantial financial assistance from other scholarships of a similar nature. 

The award will only be made to a candidate who has received and accepted an unconditional offer to study in the UK. 

In addition to the scholarship, successful students will be invited to participate in a programme of events throughout their studies. The programme will enable them to develop their understanding of the UK and its contributions across a range of fields (e.g culture, politics, economy) and to create a network with other Entente Cordiale scholars.   

On completing their studies, scholars will be invited to become part of an Entente Cordiale Alumni Group to continue to develop networks and contribute to exchanges shaping the future of the Franco-British relationship.

Can I apply ?

Candidates must fulfil all the criteria below to be eligible:

  • have French nationality OR have completed their higher education in France
  • have qualifications of at least bac + 3 level at the time of their departure to the UK (bac + 4 is required for the law scholarship in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills)
  • currently reside in France
  • have applied and received a conditional offer to undertake a full academic year 2019/20 studying at master’s level at a UK university in any field.
  • applicants applying for legal studies (LLM) must specify this option on the application form and will only be eligible for the Herbert Smith Freehills - Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme. All other applications will be considered for the main scheme.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Opportunities and Diversity and welcome applications from ambitious, high-achieving students of all backgrounds and disciplines who meet the selection criteria and feel they can make a meaningful contribution towards the Franco-British relationship.

How do I apply?

Application procedures will be published when the next call for applications will open.

What supporting documentation will I need to supply?

  • a valid ID document (passport/ID Card)
  • evidence of a conditional offer from a UK university
  • academic transcripts of studies (relevés de notes) since baccalauréat (copies)
  • a curriculum vitae in English containing the following information:
    - correspondence address and contact details
    - current occupation (role and main responsibilities) or current programme of studies
    - employment background – including relevant unpaid work experience
    - education background, listing completed courses/qualifications, completion dates & grades
    (Note: Curriculum vitae’s that do not contain this information may result in the application being ineligible.)

A supporting statement in English no greater than 500 words that should address the following points:
     - a summary of your academic, professional and personal background
     - what you have chosen to study, and why.
     - how winning a scholarship will make a difference to you
     - how you can envisage using the experience you gain from studying in the UK to contribute to Franco-British relations.


You will also need to provide the details of one referee who can support your application. The referee should be someone who has known you in an academic or professional capacity. You will need to ask the referee to send in their comments directly to us by email. 

The references should address your suitability for a scholarship. Referees are asked to address the 5 questions below and can be sent in French or English. Your referee may use the sample word document available on the website if they prefer.

  • Comment jugeriez-vous les qualités intellectuelles du candidat ?
  • Comment qualifieriez-vous la motivation et le sens d’initiative du candidat ?
  • A votre avis, quels bénéfices le candidat retirera-t-il de cette bourse ?
  • A votre avis, quelle sont les capacités du candidat à contribuer à un réseau d’anciens élèves / anciens boursiers ?
  • Merci d’évaluer de façon concise les aptitudes du candidat, incluant sa capacité d’adaptation dans la poursuite de ses études au Royaume-Uni 
  • References should be sent to Please ask your referee to write in the email subject box “Reference // applicantname”. 

References should also be received by the deadline date.

If you have further questions about the Entente Cordiale scholarships please contact us by email.