Program description: Since September 2007, the merit grant funds provided by the Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad (AEFE, agence pour l'enseignement du franaistranger) have been combined with Major programme funds from the French foreign ministry for Major grants. AEFE manages the combined fund.
Deadlines, application instructions, and information on the selection of grantees are sent to French diplomatic posts and overseas schools at the end of February each year.
Type of grant: Study
Value/Benefits: Depending on the applicant's family income and field of study, the services available from the program may include a monthly stipend plus health and medical coverage, student housing from CNOUS, annual tuition, registration and travel expenses related to entrance examinations, the cost of the ANAEM tax assessed upon arrival in France, round-trip travel from the grantee's home country to the grantee's study site in France.
Recipients of "social coverage" grants receive health and medical coverage, student housing from CNOUS, and reimbursement of the ANAEM tax.
Number of grants: Approximately 150 new grants are made each academic year.