APPLY: French government scholarships for Kenyans 2017


French government scholarships


There are scholarships for Kenyan students to undertake sandwich courses in France, courtesy of the Embassy of France in Kenya. Funding can be provided to three months per year for three to four years. Travel and tuition will also be covered.

Government of France- Embassy of France in Kenya
Sandwich course scholarships

Who Can Apply?

1. Members of staff of Kenyan Universities willing to strengthen their capacities by:

- Pursuing a Master or a PhD course in France.
- Travelling in the frame of a formalized staff exchange programme (post-doctoral studies can be included)

2. Students holding a Bachelor or Master Degree and willing to further their studies in France.

Eligibility criteria

- Kenyan citizen
- Employer’s agreement (if any)
- Financial plan indicating co-funding (self-sponsoring, study leave, other scholarship)
- For programmes taught in English language: good knowledge of French language or a letter of intent signed by the applicant’s commitment to follow French classes at Alliance Française prior to departure.
- For programmes taught in French language: a minimum level of B2 in French language is required.
- Having taken time to look for a relevant academic program and a French Host University (neither the French Embassy nor the Campus France office in Nairobi will do it for you…).


Applications from all academic disciplines will be considered. However, priority will be given to the topics listed below, i.e:

-  Agricultural, veterinary and forestry sciences
-  Engineering Sciences and Technologies.
-  Medicine and Health sciences
-  Energy (including oil mineral, but also solar) resources
-  Science, technology and innovation
-  Animation
-  Humanities and Social Sciences including French as French Language.

 Scholarship Value

The scholarship includes:
-  Round-trip airfare
-  Monthly allowances (about 767 €)

  • For Masters scholarship holders : from September 2017 up to June 2018
  • For PhD sandwich scholarship holders: 4 annual stays in France over a 3 to 4 year period from 2017, three of them of 3 months, and a fourth stay of a couple of weeks intended for the defence.
  • For Staff exchange programme: from 1 up to 3 months (between January and December 2017).
    -  Facilitation of access to affordable student housing
    -  Social and health insurance
    -  Schengen visa fees
    -  Tuition fees in French public universities
    -  French classes at Alliance Française of Nairobi prior to departure and in between the stays of the PhD (at reduced cost)
    -  Books and computer allowances.

Important information

For applicants willing to register to a class taught in French Language, a minimum level of B2 is required (for more information, contact Alliance Française of Nairobi at

French Universities offer more and more programmes taught in English, where non-French speaking students are welcome. Nevertheless it is strongly recommended that applicants learn French before their first stay, and attend more classes once they reach France. This will enable them to interact with French people, as well as discovering and understanding better the French culture and way of life.

deadline : 15 march

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