COMPETITION for the 2020-2021 academic year


The MEC Postgraduate Scholarship allows a Canadian registered in a Master or Doctoral degree to consider pursuing part of his or her graduate studies in Paris under optimal conditions. The House offers the successful candidate accommodation during his/her academic stay in Paris for up to 10 months (value of 6,100 euros, almost $10,000 CAD).

Graduate students applying for housing at the MEC for the 2020-2021 academic year may also apply for the scholarship if they have a good 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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.
  • Have a good academic record since the undergraduate level
  • 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 email by June 1st, 2020 at the latest @ [email protected]:

  • an official transcript of the most recent diploma and, if applicable, of every year completed in the current program of study;
  • a motivation letter (2 pages maximum) explaining : 1) the study project in France; 2) concrete actions envisaged to get involved in the life of the House and to become an ambassador.
  • a budget;
  • the names and e-mail addresses of two referees who will send a letter of recommendation before June 1st, 2020via email @ [email protected] (write in the subject heading “Bourse MEC – applicant’s name”).

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

Evaluation Criteria

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

Jury Members

  • 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 director of the House of Canadian Students

The jury will meet the week of June 24, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results in the first week of July 2020.