The Bézout Labex offers, each year, 7 scholarships for outstanding students who wish to study at the master’s level in University Paris-Est in an integrated program combining mathematics and computer science: the “Bézout excellence program”. The Bézout excellence program combines courses, given either in English or in French, from two existing master’s programs in mathematics and computer science (second year, a.k.a. “M2”). Each admitted student is enrolled in one track of one of these master’s programs; interdisciplinarity is ensured by the fact that each student has to succeed in one or two courses from the other master. This offers the opportunity to acquire sought-after skills in both mathematics and computer science, which can be used in academia or industry.
In particular, a new mathematics and computer science track, common to both master’s programs, is specifically devoted to the interfaces between mathematics and computer science; all courses of this track are taught in English. As this track is already interdisciplinary, the students who choose this track do not have to follow any additional course (as an exception to the previous paragraph). However, the other tracks of the mathematics and computer science master’s programs are also open to the Bézout scholars.
In the French academic system, the M2 year is the last year of tuition. Most of the year is devoted to courses at the research level. Then, an initiation to research (3 to 4 months in a research laboratory) is proposed, which constitutes an introduction to doctoral work before starting a thesis. Under normal circumstances, each Bézout scholar will do his/her initiation to research in one of the laboratories of the Bézout Labex.
Intended audience and practicalities
This one-year program is open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or computer science and have passed the first year of a master’s or PhD program.
Each scholarship consists of around 1300 €/month during 11 months (operated by Campus France — this support cannot be combined with any other financial help). The Labex will pay the university registration fees for all the Bézout master’s students enrolled in this scholarship program, who will only have to pay a mandatory 90 € (approx.) yearly fee for CVEC (contribution for life campus).
See also the practical informations on the academic environment.
How to apply
Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 are open; see the separate application webpage. The deadline is now extended to May 28, 2020, noon (Paris time).
Update: Despite the pandemic, we expect that the Bézout scholarship program will take place as expected in 2020-2021, possibly with minor adjustments. We thus encourage applications by the aforementioned deadline.
After this program
The best students at the end of the program will be invited to start a PhD in the Bézout Labex; we have a number of possibilities for support. A joint supervision with the student’s national doctoral framework, leading to both PhD grades, is possible.