The Michel David-Weill Scholarship covers the cost of a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po in Paris, France for one American student every year. Sciences Po, an international research university, specializes in the social sciences and offers multidisciplinary programs taught in English and French. 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.
Award: 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.
Criteria: Candidates are selected on the basis of their (1) academic accomplishments and capacity for critical analysis as well as demonstrated (2) history of leadership and (3) a proven commitment to community.
The Office of Distinguished Scholarships can nominate one student per year to apply for the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the ODS director to learn more about the application process.
ODS internal deadline for endorsement: Thursday, October 15, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
Scholarship final deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
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 aged 19-25 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.
How to apply for UNC endorsement
Applicants applying for endorsement must submit the following materials to ODS:
- Personal information form
- Personal statement (1,000 words max)
- Recent graded research paper
- All relevant transcripts
- 3 letters of recommendation
Candidates must also be prepared to apply for a Sciences Po’s master’s program by mid-November. GRE scores may be required, in addition to a resume, transcripts, additional references, and a personal statement.
Resources for applicants
- Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for advice on applying for a distinguished award
- Thoroughly read the following David-Weill rules and guidelines:
- ODS information sessions and prep-shops
- Schedule a meeting with the ODS director to discuss your application and receive advice to consider as you prepare for the endorsement deadline. Non-local applicants may schedule meetings via Skype or phone.