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Sciences Po Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship, France 2024

Application is now open for the Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship at Sciences Po. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Sciences Po and Scholarship

The Paris Institute of Political Studies (French: Institut d’études politiques de Paris), commonly known as Sciences Po [sjɑ̃s po] or Sciences Po Paris, is a public research university situated in Paris, France. It holds the prestigious status of grande école and grand établissement. The institution has decentralized campuses located in Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, and Reims, each offering specialized academic programs focused on different geopolitical regions. While Sciences Po initially specialized in political science and history, it later expanded its curriculum to include other social sciences such as economics, law, and sociology.

Founded in 1872 by Émile Boutmy as the École libre des sciences politiques in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, Sciences Po was initially a private institution aimed at modernizing education for French civil servants. At that time, it offered instruction in political science, a relatively new field of study. Following World War II, the school was nationalized and re-established as a public institution due to growing criticisms of its faculty, which led to calls for the school’s closure.


After a comprehensive reform in 1985, Sciences Po began offering courses beyond political science, preparing students for careers beyond public service. As of 2021, approximately 80% of Sciences Po graduates are employed in the private sector. Sciences Po Paris is the sole Institute of Political Sciences in France allowed to use the name “Sciences Po” without specifying the name of the city where its headquarters are located, thanks to a legal agreement with the other institutes.

The Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, established in 2005, was created to fulfill the vision of its founder, Geneviève McMillan (1922-2008), and to honor the life and work of her friend, the artist Reba Stewart (1930-1971). This scholarship celebrates McMillan’s deep connection to the African continent. Since 2010, the McMillan-Stewart Foundation has partnered with the Sciences Po American Foundation to provide merit-based scholarships, granting access to France’s higher education system for exceptional African students from sub-Saharan African countries. 

These scholarships are specifically offered through the undergraduate Europe Africa program at Sciences Po. Successful students receive scholarships covering the full tuition fees at Sciences Po every year throughout their undergraduate studies program. Additionally, they may be eligible for an extra grant to cover living expenses, as social criteria are also taken into consideration.

Details about Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship at Sciences Po:

Scholarship Sponsor: Sciences Po, France

Scholarship Value: Full Tuition Fee

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): Sciences Po, France

Eligibility Criteria for Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship

The Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation scholarship is given out based on the following criteria in addition to social and academic merit:

  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the sub-Saharan African nations.
  • Candidates must be admitted into Sciences Po’s undergraduate Europe-Africa program and have finished their high school education in a nation located in sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Procedure for Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship

Applicants must first apply to the undergraduate Europe Africa program at Sciences Po. Applications for the Emile Boutmy scholarship must be submitted through Sciences Po’s Admissions website, along with the necessary supporting documentation. The deadline for the Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship is the same as the deadline for Emile Boutmy scholarship applications.

All candidates must submit an application to for the Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship within two weeks of submitting their original application. A cover letter explaining why the applicant wants to study at Sciences Po’s undergraduate program and how the Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation Scholarship would benefit them must be included with this application. You can use the online contact form to get in touch with the Office of Admissions with any queries.

The Submission Deadline is: February 23, 2024

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