Two years of graduate study in politics and global affairs at Sciences Po, Paris, France.


Application Deadline

September 27, 2024 at 4:00 PM

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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen

When to Apply

Senior Year

Campus Nomination Required?


Age Limit

Between ages of 19 and 25


Michel David-Weill is an alumnus of Sciences Po and former chairman of the investment bank Lazard Frères. The Michel David-Weill Foundation has founded a scholarship of excellence to attract exceptional American students to pursue their graduate education at Sciences Po in Paris, France’s leading social sciences university. The scholarship is awarded each year to one American student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill – academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement.

Application Timeline
Deadline for Campus Application, including Personal Statement, Research Paper, CV, and recommendations sent to:

Friday, September 27

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Duke nominee named by NCSTBA



The scholarship carries a monetary value of about $80,000, covering tuition and living expenses during a two-year master's program. 

Scholars also gain access to a strong alumni network at Sciences Po and ongoing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advancement.


The scholarship will be awarded each year to one American citizen (born or naturalized) currently enrolled as a senior in a partner institution. Candidates will have a minimum GPA of 3.7 and will have been accepted to an eligible Sciences Po’s Masters program. At the time of receiving the award,the recipient will be between the ages of 19 and 25 and will not have attained a doctorate.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic strength and intellectual curiosity
  • Exceptional character
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership potential
  • Entrepreneurial spirit

Campus Nomination Process

Please contact Anna Bernard-Hoverstad early in the application process. To be considered for Duke’s nomination, submit the following items to by the campus deadline:  

  1. Personal statement explaining your motivation to pursue this program, 1000 words
  2. One recent graded research paper of 8-10 pages, including comments from the professor
  3. CV or resume

Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the letter writer directly to OUSF at: Letters of recommendation must be received by the campus deadline.

Students applying to the Michel-David Weill scholarship must also apply to an eligible Sciences Po master's program no later than October 29, 2023.