ENS de Cachan
Joining MPRI (First year)

The research master affiliated with the Computer Science Department of ENS Cachan is the Parisian Master of Research in Computer Science (MPRI), open to French or international students, with courses given in English and French.

The programme consists of two years (M1 and M2). Candidates may apply for both years or for only one year. This page describes the procedure for joining the first year. For entering in the second year, see here.

The purpose of the programme is to train future research scientists through intensive exposure to contemporary research in computer science. For full details about the programme, see the MPRI web site.


To enter the master programme, you must have obtained a French Licence or equivalent Bachelor's degree at a French or foreign college or university. Detailed entrance requirements are given on the MPRI website.

The first year consists of two semesters. The first semester consists of at least 30 ECTS credits' worth of coursework. The second semester is a 4 and a half months research internship worth 30 ECTS credits. Students who possess part, but not all of the required background can take the option of a short research internship (2 and a half months, 15 credits), with additional coursework amounting to a total of 45 credits.


Applications must be filed via the pedagogical web server of ENS Cachan. To do this, go to its website, obtain a password, then fill in the application form as completely as possible, indicating that you wish to join in the first year (M1).

Once you have completed the application form on the pedagogical web server, you should print, sign, and sent it to the Secretariat of the Computer Science Department together with a CV and a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following elements of your application are very important:

  • A cover letter (pdf) explaining your motivation to join the MPRI programme. You should describe your scientific project and explain why you think the MPRI is appropriate for this project and that you have a suitable background for it.

    You should also describe a plan of studies including courses you wish to follow and topics and research teams you envision for your research internship (which takes place in the second semester of each year).

    Notice that this plan of studies is not binding and it may evolve in agreement with computer science department of ENS Cachan. Questions regarding the plan of studies at the MPRI should be sent by e-mail to scholarship [at] dptinfo.ens-cachan.fr.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher willing to attest that you possess the abilities and skills necessary to take the MPRI programme and in which said teacher justifies his or her standpoint.

    The letter of recommendation should be sent directly by the teacher, preferably by email to scholarship [at] dptinfo.ens-cachan.fr, or else by fax to the Secretariat of the Computer Science Department.

    It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the letter of recommendation reaches in time.

  • Honours, marks, and ranks for each year of studies.

  • A detailed description of your last two years of studies including syllabus, length (in hours) and mark obtained for each module. You may also describe any other higher education.

  • We have no formal criteria on language skills. However, please do include any useful information about language skills in your application (e.g., test results). Notice that MPRI courses are taught in English and/or French, the precise language policy of each course depends on the teacher and is set out on the MPRI website.

  • Do not forget to upload the cover letter (pdf), your CV (pdf), and a photograph before validation.


Applications are continuously evaluated in the period from March to June.

When to apply: Keep in mind that there are different types of scholarships available (see below), and they have different deadlines. Thus, if you apply early, your chances of getting a scholarship may be higher. On the other hand, if you wish to include your latest academic results in your application, you may choose to wait and apply later.


Students in financial need may apply for a scholarship to support their participation in the MPRI programme. In this case, please complement your application by an additional letter stating that you are also candidate for a scholarship and your reasons.

Then, the evaluation committee will separately decide whether to accept you in the MPRI programme and whether to accept your request for a scholarship. In that case, you may be asked to complete further paperwork.

For your information, several scholarship programmes are available from different donors. The evalation committee will assign you to one of them, depending on circumstances.

For 2013/14, the following programmes are available. Note that you should not contact those programmes directly unless asked to do so by us. All applications for MPRI must follow the course outlined on this page (see above).

  • Scholarships INRIA-MPRI

    INRIA finances several scholarships for one year (either M1 or M2). The grant amounts to 1000 euros/month for a duration of stay of up to 12 months. All expenses will be borne by the grant-holder: transport, accommodation, registration fees, library fees, health insurance, etc.

  • Scholarships Īle de France

    The administrative region around Paris (Īle de France) offers grants for foreign master students up to 30 years of age. The scholarships may cover two years of studies (for the whole master). The Computer Science Department of ENS Cachan will pre-select candidates to be presented as candidates in this programme, the final decision will be made by the region.

    Detailed information; contacting us before March 18 to join this programme.

  • Digicosme scholarships

    The Labex Digicosme offers master scholarships for French or foreign students; MPRI students are eligible. Scholarships are for two years and can cover both years of the MPRI. There are multiple deadlines for submission, see below.

    Detailed information, deadlines March 1st, April 12th, June 14th

  • IDEX Saclay scholarships

    This is a scholarship programme for international students that can cover both years of the master programme. The selection for this programme will happen in two waves, see below.

    Detailed information; deadlines March 29th and Mai 31st.


Please address any questions you may have about this subject to scholarship [at] dptinfo.ens-cachan.fr.

Note that ENS has prepared a document for foreign students that explains about housing, insurance, and social security; it is available in English and French.

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Last modified on 24/06/2014