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École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships for Masters Students, France 2023

Application is now open for the École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About École Normale Supérieure and Scholarship

The École normale supérieure – PSL (ENS Paris) is a prestigious grande école located in Paris, France, and is a constituent member of Paris Sciences et Lettres University (PSL). Renowned for its special historical significance, substantial endowment, and considerable influence in French society, ENS Paris is considered one of the most esteemed institutions among the grandes écoles. Its students are commonly known as normaliens, while its graduates are referred to as archicubes.

Founded in 1794 during the French Revolution, ENS Paris initially aimed to provide standardized training for high school teachers in France but was temporarily closed. Napoleon I reinstated the institution as pensionnat normal from 1808 to 1822, and it was officially reestablished in 1826, taking on the name École normale in 1830. The term “supérieure” (meaning upper) was added in 1845 when institutes for primary teachers’ training, called écoles normales, were created, resulting in its current name. In 1936, ENS Paris expanded its scope to offer university-level education.


The ENS International Selection Scholarships are designed to support the most promising international students, whether in the fields of Science or Arts and humanities, to pursue a three-year Master’s Degree at the university. Admission through the competitive examination of the International selection provides access to excellent training, interaction with exceptional researchers, and an enriching academic environment. International students, integrated into the normaliens community, simultaneously pursue their studies at ENS and the university. They receive a 1000 euro grant for three years and accommodation on one of the ENS campuses. Upon completion of their studies, these students earn a master’s degree in their specialty and the École normale supérieure diploma.

The examination process involves two stages: an initial selection based on applications, followed by oral and written tests in Paris for shortlisted candidates. This comprehensive process ensures that the most qualified and promising students are granted the opportunity to benefit from the exceptional educational environment provided by ENS Paris.

Details about École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships:

Scholarship Sponsor: École Normale Supérieure ENS, France

Scholarship Value: Monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for three years and a room on one of the ENS campuses

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Masters

Host Institution(s): École Normale Supérieure ENS, France

Eligibility Criteria for École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be qualified for École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships:

  • It is required of candidates that they are under 26 on December 1st.
  • No prior applications to the International Selection may be submitted by candidates.
  • The selection period, which runs from September 1st to August 31st, and the year prior must contain more than 10 months of residency in France for candidates.
  • The minimum amount of undergraduate coursework that a foreign university offers a candidate during the year before applications open must be justified.
  • On September 1st after acceptance, candidates must provide documentation of at least two years of undergraduate study at a foreign university.

Application Process for École Normale Supérieure ENS International Selection Scholarships

  • Applicants must fill out and validate the initial application form.
  • Then you will get an email in less than two days inviting you to register for an account on Dematec, an application that requires you to upload the necessary PDF files.
  • Your Dematec file will be sent to the jury if it is finished.
  • If your dossier is chosen by the jury, you will be required to complete written and oral exams in Paris.
  • The list of students who are admitted is determined by their test scores.

NB: Candidates can apply indiscriminately either the Science or Arts & Humanities forms if they are interested in the Department of Cognitive Studies. For more details, please visit the Cogmaster website. You can also visit the ENS website for further details.

The Submission Deadline is: December 11, 2023

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