International Master or Advanced Undergraduate Fellowships

The Département d'Etudes Cognitives of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Ecole Normale Supérieure ( offer several international fellowships, for a duration of either two or three years. These fellowships are intended for advanced undergraduate students, who will either directly enroll in a master's program (two-year or three-year fellowship) or first complete their last year of undergraduate studies and then enroll in a master's program (three-year fellowship). ENS offers about 20 fellowships in all academic disciplines (including cognitive science and linguistics). In addition, DEC offers 2 two-year master's fellowships specifically in cognitive science and linguistics. The amount of the monthly stipend is 1000 euros. DEC will award its 2 fellowships on the same basis as ENS, i.e by means of a national competitive exam known as the "ENS international selection". In order to be eligible for either type of fellowship, interested students should thus apply for the “ENS International Selection”, either in cognitive science or linguistics. International students who apply at the master’s level in cognitive science are expected to enroll in the ENS cognitive science master program (cogmaster). Those who apply in linguistics will enroll either in the cogmaster, which includes a linguistics track, on in a linguistics master program in Paris. Knowledge of French is necessary to enroll in the cogmaster program (a B2 level is recommended, cf.

The deadline for application is February 1st, 2016

For more information about the international selection procedure, see below as well as the following ENS webpage:

- Monthly stipend: 1000 euros
- Possibility of subsidized housing
- Access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal)
- Minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year)

Interested students who are not sure whether they meet the eligibility requirements for the ENS International Selection should contact Isabelle mistral (

Applicants are selected in two steps:
First, a pre-selection is made based on a file containing all the relevant academic information, submitted by the candidate (step 1).
Second, pre-selected applicants are invited to take part in written and oral exams in Paris (step 2).
There are two separate tracks, one in the Humanities and one in the Sciences.
Students can be admitted into the DEC through either track. Both tracks include a major in cognitive science, while linguistics is a possible major in the Humanities only. In the Humanities, fellowships are for three years, while they are for two or three years in the Sciences.
If needed, interested students can contact Benjamin Spector in order to determine which track is more appropriate for them. Students who will have passed the first step but failed the second one, and hence will not receive one of the ENS fellowships, will be eligible for one of the 2 DEC fellowships. The DEC will select its fellows depending on academic background and performance on written and oral exams.

- Applicants who intend to start their ENS curriculum at the master’s level must apply for the relevant master's program, *independently of the international selection application procedure*. Applying for the international selection procedure does not remove the need to apply simultaneously for a master's program.
- All applicants in either cognitive science or linguistics should inform Benjamin Spector and Nathalie Marcinek by e-mail:,
Please direct any questions to: (director of studies of the DEC) and (administrative contact for the ENS international selection).