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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.   

Scholarships for students from France wishing to study in the UK are managed by the Association Entente Cordiale, of which the British Ambassador to France is patron.  

The information that follows applies to French candidates only, British candidates should apply via the French Embassy in London.

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 ?

You 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 
  • currently reside in France
  • have accepted an unconditional offer to undertake a full academic year 2018/19 studying at master’s level at a UK university in any field. (A separate Entente Cordiale / Herbert Smith Freehills scholarship for law masters has already been  awarded for 2018).
  • a law scholarship has already been attributed so we will not consider applications from future law students (Find out more about the Herbert Smith Freehills Entente Cordiale)

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?

You will need to submit the following documents to us:

  • prepare and collect the supporting information required for your application.
  • complete the online application form, uploading the supporting information. (Please provide digital copies of documents in .doc or .pdf format and avoid large file sizes)
  • submit your application
  • contact your referee to ensure they send a reference directly to us by the application deadline date. 
  • complete the application in English. 

Below is an indication of the annual timetable for the Entente Cordiale scholarships application and selection process.

  • Saturday 14 July - deadline for receipt of applications (23h59) – late dossiers will not be considered.
  • Thursday 26 July - Interviews with shortlisted candidates. Held at British Embassy in Paris.

 Short-listed candidates should expect to hear by Friday 20 July if invited to interview. Results will be announced shortly after interviews completed.

What supporting documentation will I need to supply?

  • a valid ID document (passport/ID Card)
  • confirmation letter from UK university confirming your acceptance of a place on a masters course beginning September/October 2018, or evidence of an unconditional 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 be the deadline date.

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