Grants and calls for projects

Academic scholarships

The Excellence-Major scholarship program

Excellence-Major scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to foreign baccalauréat (high school diploma) holders from French schools worldwide, allowing them to pursue high-level studies in France.

Headed by the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE – Agency for French Education Abroad), the program awards about 200 scholarships every year. In total, over 800 students of nearly 80 different nationalities are supported throughout five years of demanding studies in France (generally until the second- year Master’s level).

The Rifaa Al Tahtawi Master’s scholarship program

Every year, the Rifaa Al Tahtawi scholarship program enables the endorsement of Egyptian students to pursue their Master’s degree (second year) in France.
Over 200 students from all Egyptian and international universities in Egypt apply every year, particularly in French-language programs and those enrolled at the Université française d’Egypte (UFE).

The Tahtawi scholarship is intended for Egyptian students who wish to pursue their second year of Master’s (M2), the fifth year of college, in a higher education establishment in France. They have the opportunity to go study in programs taught in French or in English.
The scholarship is open to all Egyptian students (currently studying or graduates) who can show proof of having completed four years of higher education in Egypt.

The recipients are entitled to a monthly allowance of 860 euros for ten months, an exemption from registration fees in public establishments of up to 5,000 euros, an aid for student university housing reservation, as well as social coverage (social security and health insurance).

The call for applications is open every year in January 2024.

The Eiffel Excellence scholarship program

Developed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Eiffel Excellence scholarship program provides education to future foreign decision-makers in the public and private sector every year, in priority areas in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences.

The recipients are endorsed for 12 to 36 months in degree programs at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels in France. Applications are presented only by French higher education establishments.

Next call in 2024

Dealines for submissions : February 29, 2024
Doctoral grants program 

The French Embassy in Egypt offers a grants program for short scientific stays in France to the benefit of young Egyptian researchers (doctoral grants) working on their thesis in public and private Egyptian universities. Each grant will be awarded for a maximum duration of 12 months during the three years of the thesis, for 6 months per year at the most. It may possibly allow the recipients to complete a jointly supervised thesis, that is, enrollment as doctoral students in both Egypt and France in order to obtain a dual Ph.D degree. Each grant covers transportation costs, social coverage and living expenses in France. 

Next Call in 2024

This program of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) funds short and long scholarships in relevant subjects (history, sociology, philosophy, theology, etc.), with priority given to master’s and doctorate level studies, or bachelor’s level studies depending on the quality of the applications. 

The scholarship program is open both to French-speaking clerics or future clerics with responsibilities within a religious institution, and to students with a study project in the humanities with a direct and obvious link to the religious sciences. 

Post-doctoral grants co-financed by the STDF 

The French Embassy in Egypt and the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) offer stays in France for a maximum period of 6 months to post-doctoral Egyptian students. Each grant covers transportation costs, social coverage and living expenses in France. Every year, about twenty applicants can benefit from this co-financed mechanism. 

Hubert CURIEN IMHOTEP Partnership 

The French Embassy in Egypt and the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) co-finance the Franco-Egyptian IMHOTEP partnership. This program allows for the financing of Franco-Egyptian teams’ mobility for up to 20,000 euros throughout the two years of the project. Applications must be simultaneously and separately filed by the French researcher at the Campus France’s facility, and by the Egyptian researcher at the ASRT’s facility. 

Short stays program 

Visits from French researchers to Egypt and Egyptian researchers to France may be covered by the scientific cooperation sector. This notably allows them to attend seminars and symposiums and contributes to strengthening partnerships in scientific domains of excellence. 

Calls throughout the year

The education sector of the French Embassy in Egypt’s Cooperation and Cultural Action Department offers some grants to French and French-language teachers in Egyptian public and private schools or certain French as a Foreign Language (FLE) centers, as well as to doctoral and post-doctoral students of the Faculties of Education, French language and Literature, Translation and Linguistics in Egyptian public and private universities.


Short-term scholarship program – CAVILAM Training

During the summer period, short-term linguistic and methodological scholarships are implemented. They cover the costs of a 2 to 4-week training at the CAVILAM, transportation between Egypt and the CAVILAM, on-site accommodations for the duration of the stay, and visa fees. These scholarships are intended for teachers and FLE instructors in partner schools and centers or doctoral and post-doctoral students in French studies sections in Egyptian public and private universities (Faculties of Education, of Letters, of Languages, of Translation and of Linguistics).


Short-term scholarship program – Doctoral or post-doctoral research

During summer or fall, doctoral and post-doctoral research scholarships are implemented for doctoral and post-doctoral students in French studies sections in Egyptian public and private universities. They cover the costs of a monthly Séjour Scientifique de Haut Niveau allowance (SSHN – High Level Scientific Stay) enabling beneficiaries to finance their one-month stay in France in a French university they were invited by, as well as transportation expenses between Egypt and France and visa fees.

Calls for projects

The French Institute in Egypt is launching a new programme – “Les Premières”. Open to creators and artists, the programme aims to support emerging artists and artistic creations: dance, theatre, multimedia, music…


Between May 2024 and February 2025, 6 projects in their production phase will be selected and receive:

  • A production grant of 110k egp based on the presented project, including the equipment renting/or purchase.
  • access to the auditorium for 8 practice sessions (over a period of 1 month)


Each project will then be presented to the public as part of the cultural programme of the Institut Français d’Egypte

  • 1 performance in Cairo and 1 in Alexandria

An exhibition will be held for the multimedia projects.

Application deadline: 24th of April 2024

Opening of the call for applications for the French Institute in Egypt’s program at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Whether you are an artist, craftsman, fashion designer, musician, dancer, or filmmaker, don’t hesitate to apply for the Cité Internationale des Arts project call in Paris, 2024.

Supported by the French Institute in Paris, the French Institute in Egypt, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, this annual program offers you the opportunity to spend 3 months in residence in the heart of Paris, in the Marais district. It is exclusively open to international artists residing abroad who wish to develop a research and creation project in Paris.

Candidates wishing to apply must be supported by the French Institute in Egypt, which will endorse their application.

The list of eligible disciplines is extensive:

  • Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
  • Visual Arts
  • Street Arts/Circus/Puppetry
  • Comics
  • Cinema (fiction, animation, creative documentary)
  • Exhibition Curatorship/Art Criticism
  • Digital Creation (digital arts, video games, VR)
  • Dance
  • Design/Graphics
  • Literature (fiction, essay, youth)
  • Crafts
  • Fashion
  • Music (contemporary, jazz, classical, contemporary, for the screen)
  • Photography
  • Multidisciplinary Projects
  • Theater


Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the programme, the artist must:

  • Be of Egyptian nationality or work and live in Egypt.
  • Have completed their academic studies and/or have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the artistic sector.
  • Have already developed one or more creation projects.
  • Have a valid passport for at least 3 months after the end of the residency.
  • Speak French and/or English.

This prize reflects the French Embassy and the French Institute in Egypt’s commitment to supporting an innovative initiative in favor of gender equality in Egypt every year. The € 5,000 prize, awarded each year to an Egyptian structure or association based in Egypt, enables the support of civil society. From large-scale awareness campaigns to local professional trainings and programs to combat gender-based violence, the projects supported each year, whether on a national or local scale, are of tremendous diversity. They all promote equality between women and men in social, economic and professional areas, as well as the empowerment of women.

The call for projects is launched every year in early February. After a first selection, the five selected finalist associations or structures are interviewed by the selection committee. The winning project is announced during the party organized by the French Embassy and the French Institute in Egypt on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, on March 8th.

The cooperation with literary professionals in Egypt covers help to translators, supporting francophone bookshops present in Egypt, as well as punctual exchanges of expertise on various aspects of the professional literary chain. As such, the IFE works with over fifteen independent publishers, six francophone bookshops, independent festivals, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture (GeBo and CNT) and research institutes (Cedej, Ifao, Ideo, etc.) present in Egypt.

The Program in support of publishing includes the assignment of rights (offered by the IF Paris) and translation (offered by the IFE and CNL). These different mechanisms entail calls for projects throughout the year, allowing Egyptian publishers to publish over 30 titles by contemporary French authors every year, such as Alain Mabanckou, Maylis de Kerangal, Bruno Latour, Enki Bilal, Golo, Mathias Énard, Élisabeth Roudinesco, Michel Foucault, etc.