Michel David-Weill Scholarship

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Campus Deadline EXTENDED: Nov. 16, 2015
National Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
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Named for Michel David-Weill, an alumnus of Sciences Po and former Chairman of the investment bank Lazard Frères and administered by the Michel David-Weill Foundation, this scholarship is awarded every year to an American student to pursue their post-graduate education at Sciences Po in Paris, France.

The Award

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship is awarded every year to one student who exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: Excellence, Leadership, Multiculturalism, Tolerance and High Achievement.

Candidates will be selected on basis of their literary and scholastic accomplishments, their capacity to analyze critically, their morals and character, instincts to lead, and their commitment to community – local or global.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship will carry a monetary value of $80,000 spanned over two-years of study. It will cover full cost of attendance at Sciences Po (including tuition and fees, housing, books, and other living/travel expenses.)


To be considered for nomination by Stanford University, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized)
  • Currently enrolled as a senior at Stanford
  • Minimum GPA of 3.7
  • Between the ages of 19 and 25 at the time of the award disbursement
  • Not have attained a doctorate
  • Have applied for admission to one of Science Po’s Masters programs

There are no constraints on the field of study, although candidates wishing to pursue a Sciences Po Masters program related to Economics are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidate pursuing the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and/or executive training courses are not eligible to apply.

Sciences Po is one of the leading French universities in human and social sciences in France (for more information, see http://sciences-po.eu)

Campus Nomination Process

Stanford applicants must apply though the Overseas Resource Center.
Please contact Diane Murk dmurk@stanford.edu for information regarding the campus selection and nomination process.

Stanford can nominate one student for the national competition.
To apply, students need to submit to the ORC for the campus level

  • Candidate Information Sheet
  • Personal Statement (explaining motivation) [Note: No official required length but most personal statements are 500-1,000 words]
  • A graded research paper from his or her undergraduate studies (8-10 pages) [Note: For the graded paper, the committee would like to see the professor's comments and grade. These can be hand-written or sent electronically by the professor to the student.]
  • 3 letters of recommendation (Stanford will provide the fourth letter, the letter of endorsement for the one nominee selected.)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official paper transcripts

Applications will be reviewed by a campus committee.

Our Stanford nominee will be required to complete the Michel David-Weill Scholarship online application file including the above-mentioned elements.

National Selection Process

Once the scholarship nomination pool is established, the Sciences Po Admissions Jury announces its decision on acceptance into the Master’s program, then five Michel David-Weill Scholarship finalists are pre-selected and are called to New York for a personal interview by the MDW Selection Committee in February 2014. The winner will be announced shortly following the decision.


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