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SMARTS-UP Scholarship at the University Paris Cité 2024-2025

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Applications for the SMARTS-UP Master’s Scholarship Program at the University of Paris Cité for the academic year 2024-2025 are now open. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2024.

The SMARTS-UP program at the University of Paris aims to promote the internationalization of Master’s programs and facilitate the reception of foreign students, creating an environment of excellence conducive to recruiting future doctoral candidates. SMARTS-UP is dedicated to training foreign students to gain in-depth expertise in their field, preparing them to become prominent academic leaders or influencers both in their home countries and in France.

In this context, the University of Paris Cité plans to fund incoming mobility scholarships for the academic year 2024-2025. These scholarships will allow affiliated University Research Schools (EUR) to welcome foreign students into their various Master’s programs. The SMARTS-UP scholarship is for a duration of one year.

About the SMARTS-UP Scholarship

LEVEL: Master’s (M1 or M2 of choice).
DEADLINE: From December 1, 2023, to January 19, 2024, at 5 p.m. (CET).
FUNDING: €8,000 for one year.
ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES: All nationalities.
HOST INSTITUTION: University of Paris Cité.

Advantages of the SMARTS-UP Scholarship

Recipients of the SMARTS-UP scholarship will receive an annual stipend of €8,000, paid in two installments: €4,500 in November 2024 and €3,500 in February 2025.

Eligibility Criteria

The SMARTS-UP program aims to welcome foreign students into the Master’s programs at the University of Paris Cité. Students eligible for these scholarships must meet the following conditions:

  • Be of foreign nationality and be a first-time entrant to a French university. Students engaged in a double degree in collaboration with a French university are also eligible.
  • Not already hold a French national diploma from higher education.
  • Students applying for Master 1 must hold a foreign diploma equivalent to a French Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students applying for Master 2 must hold a foreign diploma equivalent to a French Master 1.

In addition to these criteria, each Master’s program will apply its own specific selection criteria.

Dual nationals, when they have French nationality, are not eligible. Some students must enroll in Master’s programs through the Études en France platform (see the list below).

Eligible Master’s Programs

In total, 24 Master’s programs, including 70 tracks, are eligible for scholarships at the University of Paris Cité. SMARTS-UP is available for both M1 (first year) and M2 (second year) levels. To access the exhaustive list of eligible Master’s programs, please consult this link.

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Cardiovascular Sciences
  4. Drug Development
  5. G.E.N.E (Genetic Engineering)
  6. Innovative Therapies in Oncology
  7. Metabolic Disorders
  8. Musculoskeletal Sciences
  9. Neurosciences
  10. One Health – Emerging Infectious Diseases
  11. Public Health
  12. Translational Bioinformatics
  13. Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
  14. Chemistry
  15. Earth Planets Universe
  16. Innovative Materials
  17. Quantum Technologies
  18. Arts, History, and Humanities in a Global Perspective
  19. East Asian Studies
  20. Linguistics
  21. Psychological Science
  22. Society and Health
  23. Sustainability, Organizations, and Institutions
  24. Sustainability and Transitions

How to Apply for the SMARTS-UP Scholarship at the University of Paris Cité?

To apply for the SMARTS-UP scholarship at the University of Paris Cité, you must submit your application online at this link:

If you are a citizen of one of the listed countries, please also submit an application through the ” Études en France ” platform for the same Master’s program. This process is entirely separate from the scholarship application but is essential for obtaining a study visa in France. Completing this procedure is imperative; otherwise, even if accepted, obtaining your visa will be impossible.

List of countries concerned by the “Études en France” procedure: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam.

Documents to Provide

A complete application includes the following documents, in French or English, to be attached during the online application:

  • CV (1 page).
  • Motivation letter: one-page detailing the candidate’s motivations to join the chosen Master’s program, as well as career ambitions, interests, and reasons for wanting to join the University of Paris.
  • Letters of recommendation: two recommendation letters written by a professor, teacher, or internship supervisor.
  • If applicable, summaries of the candidate’s previous work (e.g., theses, books, internship reports, scientific articles, etc.).
  • Research project: if the candidate wishes to work on a specific research theme and/or has identified a laboratory or department where they would like to do their internship, submit a 3-4 page research project (including references).

You have the option to save and edit your application multiple times. Once you have validated its submission, any further modifications will not be allowed. The submission is considered final.

You will receive an email notification regarding the scholarship award decision around mid-March 2024. For candidates on the waiting list, the final decision will be communicated at the end of April 2024.

The deadline to submit your applications for the SMARTS-UP scholarship at the University of Paris Cité is January 19, 2024. Awarded students will join the University of Paris in September 2024.

For any questions, contact the SMARTS-UP program at this link,:


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