4 Fulbright Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length6-12 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
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.
The ENS Paris-Saclay is an important school of research and higher education professions. These rigorously selected students follow advanced courses in fundamental sciences, humanities and social sciences, and engineering sciences.
The École also offers a number of original research study programs on topics such as quantum technology, artificial intelligence, and creative and immersion research in the largest international laboratories.
Situated on the plateau de Saclay since 2020, ENS Paris-Saclay coordinates the Graduate School of research and higher education professions within the top French university, Université Paris-Saclay.
The École’s new building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, brings to life the pedagogy of the École normale supérieure, by blending the areas allocated to research and classrooms and promoting interdisciplinarity.
Along with 3 other French ENS (Lyon, Paris, and Rennes), its public service mission aims to prepare the best students for academic careers, as all these careers in both the public and private sectors require great scientific expertise.
Since January 2020, ENS Paris-Saclay is a member institution of Université Paris-Saclay, which is ranked, for its second classification, 13th in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Université Paris-Saclay is also the ARWU top-ranked French and Continental European university.
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).
Grantees will also be required to attend the general meeting for new international students at ENS Paris-Saclay at the beginning of September.
Graduating college seniors, recent graduates, master's, and Ph.D.-level candidates interested in pursuing studies and/or research at ENS Paris-Saclay in the following fields are eligible to apply: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, 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 U.S. 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 talent visa.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In the Fulbright online application, please select ENS Paris-Saclay Grant from the Award Name drop-down menu.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Language courses are offered for free at ENS Paris-Saclay to select grantees: : intensive learning courses in September, and courses throughout the academic year according to students' proficiency. See: https://ens-paris-saclay.fr/en/education/international-exchange/languages-centre.
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 10 master’s programs delivered in both French and English. (A directory of programs by teaching language is available here.) 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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter required at deadline
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with ENS Paris-Saclay. Applicants are required to first contact the ENS Paris-Saclay International Office (email@example.com) for information on the procedure to apply for the ENS Paris-Saclay international scholarship.
A letter of affiliation signed by the relevant supervisor at ENS Paris-Saclay should be submitted with the application for applicants pursuing both degree-seeking and 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.
Please note that ENS Paris-Saclay is not the same institution as ENS in Paris itself (often referred to as “ENS Ulm”). In addition, while ENS Paris-Saclay is a member institution of the Université Paris-Saclay, not all Université Paris-Saclay programs are affiliated with ENS Paris-Saclay. Candidates need to be sure that the study and/or research projects they propose are indeed through ENS Paris-Saclay. Please reach out to the International Relations Office for complete and accurate information on programs of interest before beginning the application.
A full tuition waiver is granted by ENS Paris-Saclay.
Please note that, according to French law, all students are required to pay administrative fees ("contribution de vie étudiante et de campus" or CVEC) as part of enrollment. In 2021-2022, these fees were 92 euros.