Charpak Scholarship!

Bonjour à tous!

So I woke on Tuesday morning only to find out that I had just received a charpak scholarship. Why am I posting this after 2 days? Because I was pre-spending all my scholarship money haha :p

For those of you who don’t know what charpak scholarship is:

The Charpak scholarship program is run by the French Embassy in India. It offers three types of funding:

The Internship program
This program is designed for engineering and pure sciences students at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels who plan to train at French Institutions during their academic break (May to July).

The Exchange program
This program is designed for exchange students for a period of one to four months (duration of an academic semester) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level.

The Master’s program
This program is designed for one to two years of studies in France at the Master’s degree level

This scholarship is named after Georges Charpak (1924 – 2010)

Georges Charpak was a French Physicist who was awarded the Nobel    Prize in Physics in 1992. During World War II, Georges Charpak served in the French Resistance. He was deported at the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau when he was 20 years old. Georges Charpak survived and received his PhD in Nuclear Physics at the age of 30 from the College de France. His later findings were of considerable significance for the advancement of civil nuclear engineering and biomedicine. After receiving his Nobel Prize, Georges Charpak became a tireless advocate of the “hands on” approach science in elementary schools. His work lives on in tens of thousands of classrooms in France today.

The application is selected on the basis of:

Excellent academic record
to date, as well as the consistency and quality of the statement of purpose. Knowledge of French is definitely an asset. For master’s scholarship applicants, a tie-up between your current Indian institution and your future French Institution will also
be an asset. Fluency in writing and speaking English is mandatory.

This is what a Charpak scholarship holder receives:

•Free student visa, including CEF fee waiver
•Monthly stipend of 615 euros
for up to 10 months (= 1 academic year)
•Medical insurance coverage
•Access to student housing
if available, or partial funding of your housing expenses (230 to 280 euros monthly, depending on the city of residence in France)
•Full tuition waiver at public universities
Partial tuition waivers may be granted by other institutions, according to their individual policies.

Although that’s already quite a lot, you get another, very essential gift – the name of a French embassy scholarship in your CV/résumé!

So all this becomes yet another reason for you to consider studying in France. Taking up some French language courses, as I’ve emphasised before, increase your chances of getting this prestigious scholarship.

Thanks for reading this post, and please apply for this scholarship when you chose to study in France! 😀

Ayush Gupta ( AG )


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