Michel David-Weill Scholarship - Sciences Po

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • France


Sciences Po is an international research university, both selective and open onto the world, ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Sciences Po's overarching mission is to educate future leaders in the public and private sectors. However, its ambition extends even further: to educate open-minded and enlightened citizens capable of changing the world and transforming society.


Michel David-Weill is an alumnus of Sciences Po and former Chairman of Lazard Frères, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm. The Michel David-Weill Foundation created this scholarship to encourage exceptional American students to pursue their graduate education at Sciences Po, an international research university which specializes in the social sciences and offers multidisciplinary programs taught in English and French.

The scholarship is awarded each year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement.

Sciences Po's master's programs prepare students for a wide range of professions in the public and private sectors and uniquely combine academic excellence with a focus on professional development. Our programs are four semesters long: three semesters are taken at Sciences Po in Paris and one semester is dedicated to either additional academic work at an international partner university or an internship. Most programs are taught in English; some are taught in French or require both languages.

Although there is no restriction on the specific field of study at Sciences Po, students who are interested in pursuing an economics curriculum are strongly encouraged to apply, as this is Michel David-Weill’s field of expertise.

Eligible programs are any two-year master’s programs taught entirely at Sciences Po, including the Master in Public Policy. Dual degrees with partner institutions and executive training courses do not qualify for the scholarship.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

To qualify as a candidate you must:

  • Be a US citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate senior at an eligible Sciences Po partner institution
  • Have a 3.7 or higher GPA and be aged19-25 without a doctoral degree
  • Be accepted to an eligible Sciences Po master’s program

Prior knowledge of French is not required, as the majority of programs offered at Sciences Po are taught in English, with French tracks or bilingual tracks offered for some programs.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic accomplishments and capacity for critical analysis as well as demonstrated history of leadership and a proven commitment to community.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship carries a monetary value of $80,000 and covers the cost of tuition and living expenses during a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po.

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