Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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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 (formerly known as ENS Cachan) in the hard sciences, engineering, humanities, or social sciences. 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 14 research units focus on three main areas: basic sciences, engineering sciences, and human and social sciences. It is a member institution of the 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, 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: hard sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.

For reasons of visa eligibility, applicants in the hard 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 - Novice

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 system, applicants should include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor," in relation to their language proficiency. 

ENS Paris-Saclay delivers 7 master’s programs in English and there are 17 master’s programs delivered in both French and English. An excellent 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. Applicants must concurrently contact the ENS Paris-Saclay International Office at ri-incoming@ens-paris-saclay.fr, who will explain the procedure to apply for the ENS Paris-Saclay scholarship. For these 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.


Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, Question #22 Award Name please select ENS Paris-Saclay Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.