The 2024 PhilFrance DOST Scholarship is calling for Master’s (MS) and Doctorate (PhD) in science and technology. This prestigious program offers Filipino scholars the chance to pursue advanced degrees and make significant contributions to their fields.

Learn about the application process, eligibility criteria, and benefits of the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship and take the first step toward a successful future in science and technology.

About PhilFrance DOST Scholarship

The PhilFrance-DOST program facilitates the mobility of Filipino professionals from academic, research, or government sectors to France. Awardees, selected based on academic excellence, pursue Master’s or Doctorate degrees in French public higher education institutions under the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research of the French Republic.

This joint scholarship initiative between the Philippine government, through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the French government, aims to provide Filipino students with valuable opportunities to study in France. 

Covering diverse fields such as engineering, science, mathematics, and social sciences, the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Programme opens doors for aspiring researchers and specialists in the hard sciences.

Through the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program, Filipino professionals are empowered to enhance their skills and expertise. 

By selecting participants based on their exceptional academic achievements, the program offers them the chance to pursue advanced degrees in public higher education establishments under the French Republic Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Research. 

This initiative not only enriches the individual careers of the awardees but also contributes to the overall advancement of academic and research collaborations between the Philippines and France. 

Eligibility:

To be considered for the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines at the time of application.
  • Age must not exceed 50 years at the time of application.
  • Must be in good physical health.
  • Holder of a higher education diploma recognized by the Philippine government, enabling enrollment in the desired degree program in France.
  • Master’s level applicants must have completed their undergraduate programs by September 2023.
  • Demonstrates outstanding academic performance.
  • Possesses knowledge or expertise required to pursue higher studies at a French public university.
  • Completed the admission requirements for graduate studies at any public university in France, including interviews and other screening procedures.

Requirements:

To apply for the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship, you must fulfill the following requirements:

French Embassy Requirements:

  • A one-page CV summarizing your academic, professional, and leadership experience
  • An academic essay not exceeding 500 words detailing your motivation to study in France and how your experience and degree will benefit the Philippines and Filipino society
  • Complete, official copies of your most recent academic transcripts
  • Proof of completed application to the selected degree program or French Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Screenshots of completed online application via the school website or portal
  • Screenshots of official admission documents or emails
  • Scan of mailed admission letter
  • Study plan, curriculum, or academic calendar of the chosen program (commonly available on the school’s website or upon request at your HEI’s admissions office)

DOST Requirements:

  • Completed DOST Application Form
  • Budgetary requirements with supporting documents for bases of rates used
  • Re-entry plan narrative
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical certificate as to health status and fitness to study from a licensed physician, with their PRC license number indicated
  • Endorsement from two former professors (college professors for Master applicants, master program professors for PhD applicants)
  • If employed at the time of application submission: Recommendation from Head of Agency/Department Head and Permission to take a leave of absence (LOA) while on scholarship

Optional Documents:

For programs taught partially or entirely in French, applicants may provide proof of French proficiency at least at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Acceptable documents include:

  • DELF/DALF (Diploma in French Language Studies/Advanced Diploma in French Language Studies) diploma
  • TEF/TCF (French Language Assessment Test/French Knowledge Test) results
  • Letter from a recognized French language instructor

Service Obligation and Other Conditions:

Return Service Obligations for Scholarship Awardees:

Upon completing their degree program, PhilFrance-DOST grantees must return to the Philippines and serve full-time in their sending institution for a period equivalent to twice the length of their MS/PhD scholarship.

Any service rendered before completing the scholarship grant will not count toward the service obligation.

Other Conditions:

  • The scholarship program will follow existing DOST-SEI policies on foreign scholarships.
  • Grantees will pursue MS or PhD programs full-time for a maximum of 24 or 36 months, respectively.
  • They must officially enroll as full-time graduate students.
  • No other scholarships can be availed or enjoyed during the scholarship period.
  • Grantees must commit full-time to the scholarship and refrain from employment.
  • Required internships during the academic year are permitted.
  • Grantees must be willing to fulfill the required service obligation equivalent to twice the length of their scholarship.
  • Non-completion of the degree or failure to render service may result in refunding the total financial assistance received with 12% interest to the DOST-SEI, including any salaries or remunerations to the sending institution.
  • Grantees must meet conditions set by both parties for implementing the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program, following regulations and academic calendars in both countries.

Application Deadlines:

Here are the important dates for the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship in 2024:

DatePhase
February 9, 2024Opening of applications for both PhilFrance Master and PhilFrance-DOST
March 24, 2024Deadline of state master’s applications via MonMaster
April 7, 2024Deadline for submissions for PhilFrance-DOST
June 2, 2024Deadline for submissions for PhilFrance Master
June 6, 2024Announcement of PhilFrance Master Awardees
June 10, 2024Announcement of PhilFrance-DOST fellows (Subject to joint agreement between DOST-SEI and the Embassy of France)

Unfortunately, the deadline has already passed. However, you can bookmark this article guide to stay updated. Once it opens again, you can use this guide to prepare your requirements ahead of time. Take note that results will be announced on June 10th.

Fields of Study:

The PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program prioritizes the following fields of study, jointly selected by the Embassy of France and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST):

  • Agriculture
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics (Medical)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Forestry
  • Health and Medical Research
  • Material Sciences
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Nuclear Application on Health
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Virology

How to Apply:

To apply for the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship, follow these steps and submit the necessary documents:

Step 1: Prepare the Requirements

DOST Application Form:

PhilFrance DOST Scholarship

Download the DOST application form provided in Word format. Fill out all sections accurately.

Step 2: Fill Out the Form

Personal Information:

Provide accurate details such as your name, date of birth, nationality, address, contact information, and passport details.

List of Universities/Colleges Attended:

Include the names of institutions you’ve attended, along with degree/diploma details.

Researches Completed:

List the titles of completed research projects, your role, nature of research, and funding agency.

Publications:

Provide details of any publications you have authored.

Scholarships:

Mention any previous scholarships you have received.

Honors/Awards Received:

List any honors or awards you have received.

Research Interests:

Briefly describe the areas you would like to research during the fellowship.

Motivation to Participate:

Explain your motivation for participating in the program and how it aligns with your career goals.

Personal Experience:

Write an autobiographical essay detailing relevant experiences in your life, including family background, educational journey, work experiences, and achievements.

Scholarship Intent:

Specify the degree (Master’s or PhD) and area of specialization you intend to pursue, along with details of the university.

Capsule Research Proposal:

Provide a brief overview of your proposed research project, including the research title, host institution, background, significance, objectives, methodology, and expected output.

Step 3: Ensure You Have the Required Documents

“CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED (for staff use only)”

Ensure you have prepared all necessary documents, including:

  • Birth certificate (photocopy)
  • Certified true copy of the official transcript of records
  • Endorsement from former professors (two for Master’s applicants, or two from MS program professors for PhD applicants)
  • Recommendation from the head of agency (if employed)
  • Permission to take a leave of absence (LOA) while on scholarship (if employed)
  • Medical certificate as to health status from a licensed physician
  • Valid NBI clearance
  • Letter of admission from the graduate school
  • Program of study
  • Budgetary requirements
  • Re-entry plan narrative

Step 4: Review the Budgetary Requirements Guide

Review the budgetary requirements guide provided for both Master’s and Doctorate degrees. This guide outlines the financial support needed for the duration of your studies, including estimated expenses for tuition, living costs, travel, and other relevant expenses.

Budgetary Requirements Guide for Master’s Degree (2 years):

Budgetary Requirements Guide for Doctorate Degree (3 years):

Download the Form: To access the budgetary requirements guide.

Fill in Details:

Complete the following information accurately:

  • Name of Student
  • Course
  • University
  • Location
  • Title of Research
  • Duration (Month and Year)
  • Adviser

Budgetary Requirements:

A. Travel Expenses:

  •  Visa application and processing fee
  •  Roundtrip Economy Airfare
  •  Travel Tax
  •  Subtotal

B. Tuition and Other School Fees

C. Thesis/Dissertation Allowance

D. Book Allowance

E. Living Allowance

  • Food, accommodation, local transportation costs, etc. (Please provide a breakdown for each item)

F. Relocation Allowance

G. Health/Medical/Travel Insurance

Total Cost: Calculate the total amount requested and approved by SEI for 2 years, broken down into Year 1 and Year 2.

Note: “Indicate the exchange rate used and references for accurate financial calculations.”

Step 5: Submit Your Application

After completing the form, submit it along with your other application documents as per the instructions provided by the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship.

Ensure all details are accurately filled out to provide a clear understanding of your budgetary requirements for the Master’s degree program.

Scholarship Benefits: 

 Here are the benefits of the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program:

Care of the Embassy of France:

  • Covers enrolment fees for master’s and doctorate programs (up to EUR 3,770 and EUR 380 per year, respectively).
  • Exemption from the CVEC (Student and Campus Life Contribution) after obtaining a certificate of exemption.
  • Provides a healthcare package, including social security coverage and supplementary insurance (mutuelle).
  • Offers the possibility of obtaining student accommodations at a preferential rate, notably through accessing CROUS student housing services.
  • Provides discounted rates for cultural activities organized by Campus France.
  • Exemption from long-stay student visa fees (distinct from TLS Contact processing fee).

Care of the Department of Science and Technology:

  • A monthly stipend to cover living costs throughout the program (calculated by the DOST)
  • Economy class ticket from Manila to the French city of destination, including a return ticket of the same class upon completion of the study program.

Testimonials: 

Discover what others have to say about their experience with the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship Program.

Read through these testimonials to gain insights into how this scholarship opportunity has impacted the lives and careers of past recipients.

Since our country is geographically and geologically
situated in a highly vulnerable area, studying these hazards and management of the risk they imposed are crucial to the government.


The idea of serving back to the people within this field of specialization triggers my natural drive to study in France since most brilliant people I know in our professional field had their graduate studies in that country.


Signifying the hard-core training in science and philosophy they got from their respective French university where they graduated.


MICHAEL VINCENT TUBOG
Master’s Degree in Environmental Hazards and Risk Management Universite de Cote d’Azur

Contact Details:

For concerns or inquiries, you can reach out to them via email at the following addresses:

Alternatively, you can use the “Contact Us” form located at the top right corner of the page. Simply fill in your name, email, subject, and message, then click “Submit”.

Final Thoughts:

In conclusion, the PhilFrance DOST Scholarship offers an invaluable opportunity for those passionate about science and technology.

If you’re eager to pursue higher studies and contribute to innovation in the Philippines, apply now. 

Seize this chance to shape your future and make a difference!

Don’t forget to share this opportunity with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone who might benefit.

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References:

  1. PhilFrance Scholarships. (n.d.). The PhilFrance-DOST Program. Retrieved from https://philfrance-scholarships.com/the-philfrance-dost-program/
  2. Department of Science and Technology. (n.d.). Scholarship Announcement. Retrieved from https://www.dost.gov.ph/transparency/about-dost/desired-outcomes/23-announcements/3558-scholarship-announcement.html
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