Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Provides up to $80,000 to cover the full cost of attending Sciences Po in Paris, France.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship provides an American student attending a partner institution with up to $80,000 to cover the full cost of attending Sciences Po for a two-year master's degree.  The scholarship completely covers tuition and fees, housing, books, travel, and other living expenses.

Sciences Po, or the Paris Institute of Political Studies, is one of Europe's leading universities in the humanities and social sciences.

Deadline Information

Campus Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

National Deadline (UChicago submits nominee materials): Monday, November 30, 2020


The recipient will attend Sciences Po for two years and complete a master's degree.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a graduating fourth-year student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7.
  • Applicants must also simultaneously apply for admission to one of Sciences Po's masters programs.
  • At the time of disbursement, the recipient must also be between the ages of 19 and 25 and have not attained a doctorate.
  • The candidate must speak French at a level sufficient for their proposed program.

There are no constraints on the field of study, although candidates wishing to pursue economics are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and other executive training courses are not allowable choices.

Application Process

Students must first be nominated by UChicago to apply for this award; the University may nominate only one applicant per year. Candidates will not receive advising in advance of submitting their campus nomination application. It is expected that a competitve candidate for this highly competitive award (1 awarded per year to a US citizen) will have taken the time to asses their candidacy and fit for this program, as well as for the graduate course of choice at Science Po.

To apply for university nomination, applicants must submit  the following application materials to Nichole Fazio in a single pdf document at nfazio@uchicago.edu:

  • Personal Statement explaining motivation and academic preparation for advanced graduate degree at Sciences Po; you must include details of the program of choice (maximum 1000 words)
  • A graded research paper from his or her undergraduate studies (8-10 pages)
  • Academic resume or CV

Letters of recommendation:

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these letters should come from faculty who can speak to your abilities to undertake advanced research and graduate studies, preferably from the field you are proposing for graduate study; the third letter could be from a language professor or instructor or a professional voice who can speak on a subject related to your longer term career goals); these should be sent directly by email to Nichole Fazio (nfazio@uchicago.edu)

Students will be notified within two weeks of their status. The CCRF will submit all fellowship materials on behalf of the UChicago nominee by the end of November.