The MEC postgraduate scholarship is an award based on merit. It grants students registered in a Masters or Doctoral degree and who demonstrate academic excellence (a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8 on a 4.3 grading scale) the possibility of completing part of their postgraduate studies in Paris under optimal conditions. The successful candidate will receive housing for up to ten months of their stay (a value of 5,900 euros).

Graduate students already applying for housing at the MEC for the 2019-2020 academic year are also eligible to apply for the scholarship if they possess an excellent academic record.

If you wish to apply for admission to the MEC independently of your application to the scholarship, complete your application for housing first and include your CIUP file number in your cover letter.

If you are not applying for admission to the MEC because your stay in Paris is dependent on obtaining the scholarship, please make sure that you are eligible for admission nonetheless as you must satisfy those requirements if you are the successful recipient of the 2019-2020 scholarship. Admission requirements are described on the MEC website.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a Canadian citizen (permanent residence does not make you eligible).
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate program in the Ile-de-France region for the 2019-2020 academic year OR demonstrate by letter of support from the student’s thesis director in Canada that a research stay in Paris is essential for completing the student’s postgraduate degree.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence from the undergraduate level onwards.
  • Demonstrate a desire to be actively involved in MEC life (via the Committee of the residents, etc.) and become one of its ambassadors.
  • Not having received a grant of excellence from the federal and / or provincial governments of Canada.


The applicant must submit the following documents via email by Monday,  June 3, 2019 @ [email protected]:

  • an official transcript of the most recent diploma and, if applicable, of every year completed in the current program of study;
  • a letter of motivation explaining your project of studies in France (two pages maximum);
  • a budget;
  • the names of two references. Reference letters should be completed and sent by the referees @ [email protected] by June 3, 2019 (write in the subject heading “Bourse MEC – applicant’s name”).

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Financial resources
  • Curriculum
  • Pertinence of an academic stay in Paris
  • Interest shown for MEC community life

Having unsuccessfully applied for a scholarship of excellence from the federal and / or provincial governments of Canada (provide the supporting document) may be favorably taken into consideration in case of ex-aequo applications.

Jury Members

  • Dr Christine Métayer, Director, House of Canadian Students
  • Lazare Paupert, Academic Delegate for European and International Relations and Cooperation and Advisor to the Rector of the Academy of Paris
  • Dr Michael Childs, former Vice-Principal Academic and Professor in the History department at Bishop’s University

The jury will meet the week of June 24, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the results in the first week of July 2019.