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Barrande Fellowship Programme

The French Institute in Prague (IFP) and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MYES) coordinate the Barrande fellowship programme, the exchange mobility programme for Ph.D. students between the Czech Republic and France. The programme is designed to provide Ph.D. students in the Czech Republic with opportunities to study in France and Ph.D. students in France with opportunities to study in the Czech Republic. 
With all the scientific fields being represented, it enables Ph.D. students to acquire international expertise in humanities, life and natural sciences, exact sciences and engineering, economical and juridical sciences, medicine and others. While the call is open to all scientific fields, it particularly welcomes applications in the fields of environmental sciences, energy, mathematics and information technologies. 

The aim of the programme is to enhance international education exchange while encouraging scientific cooperation between French and Czech research teams. Czech and French students are encouraged to extend their research abroad and learn new skills they will be able to develop further in their home countries. They are to become the spearheads of French-Czech bilateral relations. In pursuit of this aim, the programme funds “cotutelles” and short-term research stays. 

Cotutelle (double-degree Phd)

The scheme called “cotutelle” is a doctoral degree programme which is undertaken jointly at two partner higher education institutions, one in France and the other in the Czech Republic. Research is conducted under the joint supervision of a Czech and a French supervisor, both providing the full measure of supervision for the student. The student undergoes multiple stays abroad, under the terms of the agreement co-signed by the Czech and the French higher education institution, the “Convention de cotutelle”, for a maximum of three years. On its completion, the student is awarded two diplomas, one from each institution. 

The scholarship is awarded for each research stay abroad. The fellowship-holder undertakes a 5-month stay abroad every year for a maximum of 3 years and receives a monthly stipend in the amount of about 1,000 EUR in France / 25,000 CZK in the Czech Republic.  

Short research stays

The programme offers grants to Ph.D. students for a short-term research stay in France or in the Czech Republic. Length of a short stay is between 1 and 3 months. The fellowship-holder receives a monthly stipend in the amount of about 1,000 EUR in France / 25,000 CZK in the Czech Republic.


The Barrande Fellowship Programme is open to all students registered at a Czech higher education institution, for a research stay in France, and to all students registered at a French higher education institution for a research stay in the Czech Republic. Students need to hold a higher education diploma before their first stay abroad. 

Please refer to the Applicant’s guidelines (Links available in the “Application” section). 

Note on language requirements

The programme is open to all English speakers on the condition that the French or Czech thesis supervisor from the foreign institution agrees with English as the language used during the stay.


The application should be prepared following the rules appearing in the Applicant’s guidelines for a cotutelle grant or the Applicant’s guidelines for a short stay. Students must apply by February 4th 2022. The link and details for online application are indicated in both Applicant’s guidelines.


•    Application deadline: Friday, February 4th, 2022
•    Evaluation Committees (oral presentation): From Monday, March 7th, 2022 to Friday, March 18th, 2022
•    Announcement of results: Friday, April 15th, 2022

Online Presentation Events

To learn more about the programme, you can register here for our online events!

For students from Czech Universities:
Date and time: December 9th, 2021, from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm
Online Event via Zoom

For students from French universities:
Date and time: December 9th, 2021, from 16:30 pm until 17:30 pm
Online Event via Zoom

If you cannot attend the events, they will be recorded and made available online.

Awarding Ceremonies

June 30th, 2021 – Barrande Fellowship Porgramme Awarding Ceremony

  Photo: Eva Kořínková

The Eiffel Excellence scholarship program

Developed by the French Ministry of foreign affairs, this program contributes every year to the training of future foreign decision-makers, from the public and private sectors, in degree courses at Master and Doctorate level. Applications are presented exclusively by French higher education establishments.

Several study areas have been identified as priorities and the objective is to stimulate applications from students from emerging countries for the master's level and from emerging and industrialized countries for the doctorate level.

Fields of study

The four major fields of study concerned by Eiffel scholarships at doctoral level are:

  • Law;
  • Economics and management;
  • Engineering Sciences; exact sciences: mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, earth, universe and environmental sciences, information and communication sciences and technologies;
  • Political sciences.

Level of studies

French higher education establishments which nominate candidates for the Eiffel Doctorate program undertake to register them for a doctorate within the framework of a joint supervision or co-supervision of a thesis with a partner foreign higher education establishment.

Duration of the scholarship

The Eiffel scholarship is awarded for a period of 12 months in France.

Planned services

Eiffel Doctorate scholarship holders receive a monthly allowance of 1400€  until December 31st , 2020 then 1700€  from January 1st , 2021, to which is added the direct payment of several services: International transport, national transport, insurance, housing search, cultural activities etc.
Tuition fees are not covered by the Eiffel program.

For more information on the applications, click here.

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