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Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship provides an American student from a partner institution with $80,000 to cover the full cost of attending The Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po”)  for a two-year master’s degree. 

Sciences Po is one of the leading French universities in human and social sciences in France and is especially known for its Economics programs. Sciences Po offers Master’s programs with English instruction. 

Named for Michel David-Weill, an alumnus of Sciences Po and former chairman of Lazard Frères investment bank, the scholarship is awarded each year to one student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill:  excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance, and high achievement.  

The scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing, books, and other living/travel expenses. Prior knowledge of French is not required. 

Campus Application Deadline: October 6th, 2024 at 11:59pm ET


  • Degree-Level: Senior
  • Academics: At least a 3.7 GPA recommended
  • Citizenship: US citizenship or U.S. National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands required

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic accomplishment
  • Capacity for critical analysis
  • Demonstrated history of leadership and proven commitment to community

Application Deadlines

  • U-M Deadline: October 6th, 2024 at 11:59pm ET
  • National Deadline: Late October/Early November
  • Endorsement: U-M Nomination is Required

Instructions for Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants should join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more.  

Application Components 

Refer to the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for full, detailed instructions. 

Note: Students must also submit an application to a Sciences Po Master's program by the Sciences Po deadline, which is in late October.

  1. Completed candidate information form 
  2. Personal statement (1000 words)
  3. CV
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 must be academic)
  5. Recent graded research paper (8-10 pages with professor comments)