Joint scholarship - Embassy of France and Sciences Po Paris
Joint scholarship programme between the Embassy of France and Sciences Po Paris, one of France’s most prestigious institutes for higher education.
New Delhi, 29 April 2015
The French Embassy in India and Sciences Po Paris, one of France’s most prestigious higher education institutes in the field of social sciences and management, have decided to launch a new joint scholarship programme. This reflects the growing presence of Sciences Po in India, with a wide range of prestigious partners such as Delhi University (most recently Lady Shri Ram College), Madras University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, IIT Madras, National Law School of India, Jawarharlal Nehru University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Ashoka University. Around 80 Indian students are currently studying at Sciences Po Paris, whose alumni network is constantly expanding (around 200 young executive managers and civil servants across India).
To launch this new joint scholarship programme, Ambassador Richier, himself an alumnus of Sciences Po, hosted a reception on Wednesday, 29 April 2015.
On this occasion, Ambassador Richier also awarded scholarhips to eight bright Indian students selected by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its program (Eiffel scholarship programme) for the most brilliant students worldwide, to study at Sciences Po next year.
Mr Francis Vérillaud, Vice-President, Sciences Po Paris and Director of International Affairs, was present and interacted with members of the press to discuss the internationalization of Sciences Po and collaborations in the pipeline with Indian institutions.
The day after (30 April), Mr Francis Vérillaud and Mr Rajeev Kapoor, Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration signed an agreement for the second consecutive year for the executive training of senior civil servants from India at Sciences Po.
SciencesPo Paris, one of France’s most prestigious higher education institutes for the social sciences and management, established in 1871, is a full-fledged research and teaching university. Its alumni include a Secretary-General of the United Nations, four Managing Directors of the International Monetary Fund, a Managing Director of the World Trade Organisation, numerous corporate leaders, and five of the previous seven Presidents of the French Republic.
The Sciences Po. India Office, established in 2007, promotes these endeavours and also offers placement services for its graduates and develops internship programmes with various organizations.
Every year, Sciences Po also hosts students from these institutions and from other universities, both in postgraduate courses and in its doctoral school. The introduction of courses in English and the increase of number scholarships have allowed Sciences Po to attract more Indian students than in the recent past. The university has received a record number of applicants from India this year, with applications having doubled in the last couple of years. The high number of Eiffel scholarships awarded to Sciences Po students this year is a testament to the quality of Indian applicants to the university. Indian students at Sciences Po have also availed from prestigious scholarships in India, notably the J.N. Tata Endowment Fund.