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4 Fulbright Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Two to four awards of 6 to 12 months each are offered to pursue a master's degree or research at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay (previously ENS Cachan) in the fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and humanities. ENS Paris-Saclay is a leading institution of higher education with a mission to train professors, researchers, and graduate-level course instructors through research-oriented master’s programs. The institution's 12 teaching departments and 13 research units focus on three main areas: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, and social sciences and humanities. ENS Paris-Saclay is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, a world-class research university.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants are awarded for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Grant periods may vary for independent research projects.

Grants will generally begin on September 1 through June 30 for university attendance.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day in-country orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February (organized by the Fulbright Commission in France).

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Graduating college seniors, recent graduates, master's, and Ph.D.-level candidates interested pursuing studies and/or research at ENS Paris-Saclay in the following fields are eligible to apply: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

For reasons of visa eligibility, applicants in the fundamental sciences (including life sciences and engineering) must fall into one of three categories:

    • Be enrolled at ENS Paris-Saclay as a student during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for a student visa;
    • Be enrolled in a US university during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for an intern visa; or
    • Provide verification of already having completed a master's degree before arriving in France, in which case they are eligible for a scientific-researcher visa.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright program in France; however, language courses are offered by ENS Paris-Saclay to selected grantees. In the Fulbright online application, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

ENS Paris-Saclay delivers 6 master’s programs in English and there are 7 master’s programs delivered in both French and English. An intermediate knowledge of French is required for candidates interested in pursuing coursework in French. A basic knowledge of French may be sufficient for candidates proposing scientific research projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with ENS Paris-Saclay. A letter of affiliation should be submitted with the application for applicants pursuing research projects. Applicants enrolling in a degree seeking program must apply to ENS Paris-Saclay as well once they have been confirmed as Fulbright grantees. Applicants must concurrently contact the ENS Paris-Saclay International Office at, who will explain the procedure to apply for the ENS Paris-Saclay scholarship. For degree-seeking applicants, a letter of affiliation is not required before or during the application process, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by ENS Paris-Saclay.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

A full tuition waiver and access to language instruction are provided, if needed, from the ENS Paris-Saclay.

Please note that, according to French law, all students are required to pay student fees ("contribution de vie étudiante et de campus" or CVEC) as part of enrollment. In 2018-2019, these fees were 90 euros.


Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, please select ENS Paris-Saclay Grant from the Award Name drop-down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Charlotte Goodwin