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The Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris offers to students, selected through an online application process, some scholarships of 1 or 2 years in one of the universities of its network. The laureates will be able to register to the universities of the FSMP network. They will benefit from a range of courses based on the skills of the whole parisian laboratories in mathematical sciences research.

This program is supported in particular by the French Embassies in South Africa and Lesotho, Albania, Austria, Bolivia, Cameroon, Korea, Hugary, Iran, Iceland, Japan, Madagascar, Quebec, Romania, Togo, Ukraine, Sudan, Uruguay, Vietnam, as well as Paris Sciences Lettres (PSL), Inria and Paris 13 University (LAGA) .

Be careful, PGSM scholarships cannot be combined with other financial help (apart from joint programs with French embassies or "instituts français").

Calls for applications

There are 2 calls of applications each year:

1) October 1st 2019 to January 22nd 2020 (11.59 pm, Paris Time) : this call is open to students who carried out a bachelor degree or a first year of master outside of France.

Applications must be made online, here.

2) December 1st 2019 to May 08th 2020 (11.59 pm, Paris Time) : this call is open for the same students above mentioned and students whocarried out a bachelor degree or a first year of master in one of the universities of the FSMP's network.

Applications must be made online, here.

Female student are particularly encouraged to apply. Moreover, during the second call, an additional M2 scholarship in Pure Mathematics, financed by IMJ-PRG, will be awarded to a female student who has completed her M1 in mathematics or prepared "agrégation de mathématiques" in Sorbonne University (Paris 6) or Paris Diderot University (Paris 7).

Application file

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of application
  • Bachelor school reports (transcript of grades) and certificate when available
  • Master school reports (transcript of grades) and certification when available
  • Letter(s) of recommendation(s): do not forget to mention (step 4 of the application process) the e-mail address of the professors who wish to send recommendation letters. They will receive an automatic email to upload their letter.

Only Complete application will be considered.

Applicants are invited to submit also any official documents attesting of their achievements (ranking, ranking in national and international competitions, etc.)

Moreoever, the authors of the recommendation's letters are encouraged to provide if possible, elements of comparison that can be checked.


The scholarship

This scholarship  is available for students who wish to pursue their study in the first and/or in the second year of master in fundamental mathematics and theoretical computer science.

Starting date

The scholarship starts on September,1st 2019. It is mandatory for PGSM laureates to be in Paris on September 1st to benefit from intensive french courses and to complete the administrative procedures.


The scholarship

The laureates PGSM laureates receive a scholarship of 1100 euros per month maximum : 600€/month + 500 €/month for a housing benefit (upon justification only)

The FSMP will take care of finding an accomodation for the laureates in students residence under preferential conditions. Furthermore, the FSMP reimburses each laureate the cost of a return ticket from his/her homecountry to Paris (one return ticket in economic class per year)

Laureates for M2 studies will receive a scholarship for 10 months (+ 2 months if they want to do a doctorate in France).
Laureates for M1 studies will receive a 12-month scolarship. The extension of the scholarship for a second year is subject to the successful completion of the fist year and the jury's approval.

Administrative and scientific support

The administrative team of the Foundation helps every students to be well integrated in the Paris' microcosm. The team also helps them for any administrative procedures such as Universtity registration, medical care or Visa's procedure. Laureates benefit from a scientific supervision and a follow-up of their school results:

  • Advice on courses : The laureates benefit from personalised advice from a tutor at the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris who will be his/her tutor during one or two years. The tutor advises his/her student on what courses to choose, depending on his/her previous education and plans for further study. He can also gives advice on what to do after the first year of master and help his/her students consider the option of further study at the end of the master.
  • Direction of studies : The Fundation and the director of studies regularly check on the scientific progress of PGSM students. Individual support, relying on doctoral students for example, can be set up on a case-by-case basis.
  • For non French speaking students : Students' tutors may propose non-french speaking pupils to be helped in English, and may guide them to follow some trainings to learn French as a foreign language. It is wisely adviced for students who do not speak any French to undertake some intensive training before the begining of the school year, in their host university.


The committee will only consider applications for which all the requested documents have been uploaded by the closing date of the call.

Selection is made through the excellency of each student's academic records linked to their Bachelor years .

Decision is made by the PGSM Steering Committee :

Thomas Duyckaerts (LAGA, USPN) Jean-François Dat (IMJ-PRG, SU) Muriel Livernet (IMJ-PRG, UP)
Fabrice Bethuel (LJLL, SU) Isabelle Gallagher (DMA, ENS, UP) Eric Séré (CEREMADE, PSL)
Claire Boyer (LPSM, SU) Jérôme Le Rousseau (LAGA, USPN) Olivier Serre (IRIF, UP)