Fund Details
Michel David-Weill Scholarship at Sciences Po
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement


Named for Michel David-Weill, an alumnus of Sciences Po and former chairman of Lazard Frères investment bank, this scholarship provides an American student seeking to pursue a Masters degree at Sciences Po with a stipend of approximately $80,000 to cover the cost of attendance (tuition and living expenses) over the course of two years. Yale is one of a limited number of partner institutions invited to nominate one candidate to the national competition.

Application Information:

Applicants must apply simultaneously for admission to one of Sciences Po’s Masters programs AND for Yale's nomination for the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. (See notes on eligibility below.) Yale's nomination process is coordinated by Fellowship Programs at the Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience.

A complete application for the Michel David-Weill Scholarship includes the following items, which should be uploaded to the Student Grants Database before the campus application deadline:

  1. A completed official candidate information form.

  2. A "letter of motivation" which is a statement of no more than 1,000 words, explaining course of study proposed, reasons and motivation for this choice, and how it fits into longer-term plans/aspirations.

  3. A copy of a graded term paper from an appropriate course, with the professor's comments (8-10 pages).

  4. A resume or cv (2 pages max).

  5. Three letters of reference: usually academic references relevant to the proposed graduate study at Sciences Po, although one letter might be a professional reference of similar relevance.

  6. Transcripts: unofficial Yale College transcripts are required for all applicants, who must also provide copies of relevant transcripts from other institutions, if any (scanned copies may be uploaded into the Student Grants Database). (Note that official transcripts will be required for application to the Sciences Po Master's program.)

Following the campus round of competition, no more than one nominated application may be sent to the national competition in November. Finalists are invited to interview in New York City, typically in February or early March, and the Scholar is announced shortly thereafter.

Interested Yale applicants, after doing some research of their own, may refer questions to Fellowship Programs at CIPE (meetings by appointment).

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible are currently-enrolled Yale seniors who are American citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.70, and who are applying for a Master's program at Sciences Po.

There are no constraints on the field of study, although candidates wishing to pursue a Master's degree related to Economics are especially encouraged to apply. Dual degrees with partner institutions, and/or executive training courses are not eligible.

Sciences Po imposes no blanket language requirement for its incoming students; thus, the candidate must only consider the language requirements (if any) established for the Master’s program to which he/she seeks admission. Proficiency in French will, however, be an asset regardless of strict language requirements.

The scholarship seeks those who exemplify the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill – excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement. Candidates will thus be selected on the basis of their literary and scholastic accomplishments, their capacity to analyse critically, their morals and character, instincts to lead, and their commitment to community – local or global.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

Dual degrees with partner institutions, and/or executive training courses are not eligible.

Links to Additional Information:

  1. Sciences Po website
  2. Fellowships application advice
  3. Book a Fellowships advising appointment

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Emma Rose at

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            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            10/18/2021 1:00 PM