The financial support from these companies has already allowed more than 400 students to complete their curriculum or their research project on the other side of the Channel. The scheme also aims at promoting the links and intensifying exchanges between tomorrow’s leaders in the UK and in France, as well as building a vast and influent network of alumni and sponsors.
Why sponsor us?
Rather than giving you thousands of reasons, we would rather have one of our sponsors telling you why:
"As a company of the energy sector, a central issue in today’s world, it is obvious to AREVA that businesses cannot thrive without the synergies they share with society, especially education and research. By sponsoring the Entente Cordiale, AREVA not only promotes Franco-British cooperation, but also opens up to institutions and entities beyond the corporate world, be it universities, diplomatic services or cultural non-profits, with each their own views and perspectives.
The Entente Cordiale also allows AREVA to give its business cooperation across the Channel a wider scope, by being part of a selective club of sponsors together with its historic partner in the UK, Rolls Royce.
Entente Cordiale is also special to the company thanks to its concrete aspects: a scholarship funds an individual, with a precise and aspiring project, and an immediate impact for the scholar and society. This, together with warmth, simplicity and a definitely British touch makes Entente Cordiale and AREVA a winning team!"
Rolls-Royce is a global power systems business, with a broad portfolio. The Group has leading market positions in civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy sectors.
The Company has a long and proud history in France, especially with the French aviation industry – indeed Rolls-Royce built some Renault engines for the Royal Flying Corps at the start of the First World War. Rolls-Royce also supplies its engineering skills to a number of major energy projects including in Civil Nuclear, where the Group’s products are at the heart of the instrumentation and control system in all French nuclear power plants.
Rolls-Royce is committed to promoting education and academic excellence, particularly in the area of science and technology. As part of this commitment, Rolls-Royce has been a proud supporter of the Entente Cordiale scholarship initiative since 2004.
Rothschild & Cie
The distinguished Rothschild bank provides Global Financial Advisory, Corporate Banking and Private Banking & Trust services to governments, corporations and individuals worldwide.
With 49 offices in 36 countries, Rothschild ranks amongst the world’s largest privately-owned banks. Rothschild is committed to the pursuit of excellence, its influence and reputation arises from the quality of its staff and the standing of its clients.
The Baron David de Rothschild is proud to be the Chairman of the French Entente Cordiale Trust and cultivates a culture of excellence within the Entente Cordiale scheme where he encourages students to carry out their ambitious projects. He promotes the programme for the experience it provides to French students studying abroad, for the commitment of renowned companies supporting and believing in such a project, and most of all for the human connections the EC generates. The Baron de Rothschild recognizes that an undeniable strength of the EC scheme is rooted in its diversity; diversity of backgrounds, diversity of personalities, diversity of careers. This is what makes the Entente Cordiale so special and interesting.
Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Through our well site operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
“Schlumberger is committed to supporting education, in particular in the areas of engineering, science and technology and has been a keen supporter of the Entente Cordiale scholars program since its inception in 1995.”
Founded in 2001, AREVA is the only company offering to utilities an integrated nuclear solution, which covers every stage of the fuel cycle: from design and construction, to retreatment and decommissioning. AREVA is not only the world-leader in the nuclear industry, it is also a major player in low carbon energy production, expanding into renewable energies such as wind, solar, biomass or hydrogen and storage.
As a globalised group with operations across continents, AREVA strongly believes in the strength of diversity, be it on a cultural, gender or education level. This is why AREVA is proudly supporting the Entente Cordiale scholarship scheme.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups, we generate around one fifth of the UK’s electricity and employ around 15,000 people. We supply electricity and gas to around 5.5 million residential and business customers, making us the biggest supplier of electricity by volume.
Vodafone Foundation UK
Vodafone Foundation UK is a large mobile company with a worldwide presence – in more than 30 countries. It has become the seventh most valuable brand in the world. It is committed to deliver useful and inspiring innovation.
Vodafone commits to providing businesses with well-suited services and solutions that meet its clients’ needs.
Vodafone also supports the EC scholarship and invests in the same way its energy in the Entente Cordiale scheme. This successful company is willing to support young students from both France and the UK to enhance their skills by experiencing the academic system of another country, a good way to develop Franco-British links.
Beyond this added value, the Entente Cordiale programme provides an opportunity for a very profitable exchange of experience between fresh graduate and some of Vodafone’s staff. The EC scheme represents a real opportunity to network and meet with people with groundbreaking ideas.
Dassault is a world leader in Product Lifecycle Management. It provides solutions that enable businesses of every size and sector to design, simulate and, experience innovative products.
Dassault has decided to support financially the EC scholarship since it believes in the inherent value of such a programme, which links both students and employers. Indeed, it represents an excellent opportunity for Dassault to meet each year new graduate students with different academic backgrounds – ranging from engineering to. Likewise the Entente Cordiale scheme provides unique occasions to break the barriers that may exist between the professional and the academic spheres.
The House of Boucheron is a prestigious company founded by Frédéric Boucheron in 1858. In 2000, the torch was passed with dignity to the Gucci/PPR group. With a selective clientele, Boucheron has always appealed in particular to those whose glory and prestige can be reflected in its stunning creations. There are currently over 50 Boucheron boutiques around the world, as well as an online retail site to meet the needs of its clients.
Jean Christophe Bedos, CEO of Boucheron and alumnus of the Entente Cordiale Scholarship and also Member of the Board of the Association Bourses Entente Cordiale, is convinced that this scholarship is an excellent opportunity for students to study abroad and build worthy professional projects.
There are more than 400 Entente Cordiale alumni who form a strong network devoted to the promotion of Franco-British links. The alumni are aware of the scheme’s contribution to their personal and professional achievements and are therefore willing to give that same helping hand to the next generation of promising scholars.
Donations have grown over the years, and in 2010, the alumni decided to finance together one scholarship which will be awarded in June 2011.Their aim is, from now on, to gather among themselves at least one scholarship each year.
Why make a donation?
There are so many reasons to contribute to the Alumni scholarship. For those looking for practical arguments: it is simple and only one click away, you know where your money goes and how it is used, it is tax deductible.
But most of all, the Entente Cordiale scholarship is a worthy cause! Here are our alumni-donators’ reasons:
- It is possible:
"We simply have to gather at least €12 000. Since we are approximately 400 alumni, it barely means €30 per person. It is really possible!"
Jean-Christophe, EC 1999-2000
- It can change somebody's life:
"This scheme enabled me to change my life"
Marie, EC 2009-2010
"The Entente Cordiale scholarship contributed to changing my life, and I feel indebted for that"
Jean-Christophe, EC 1999-2000
"Me too, the Entente Cordiale scholarship contributed to changing my life"
Kamel, EC 2003-2004
- It makes things happen:
"An example of the impact of EC: I'm now setting up a UK/France network for cancer genetic research - which I never would have been able to without my EC year."
James, EC 1999-2000
"The scholarship financed my whole PhD, because it served as a lever to negotiate three times its amount from my former research lab. Hence more than just money, it gave me the chance to build a project."
Minh-Duc, EC 2006-2007
- It promotes a unique scholarship:
"The schemes brings together inspiring individuals with strong personalities and varied profiles (researchers, engineers, lawyers, doctors, artists, architects…), a diversity not to be found in other alumni networks."
Yoann EC 2005-2006
- It makes the Entente Cordiale stronger:
"I also want to make a contribution, so that thanks to our alumni network, somebody can benefit from an Entente Cordiale experience. Is there a better way to attract external sponsor to our scheme than taking the initiative ourselves?"
Louise, EC 2005-2006
How to make a donation?
It is extremely simple, be it in euros or pounds.
To donate in euros (we will provide you with a tax receipt):
- Cheque made payable to "Association Bourse Entente Cordiale" and sent to:
Ambassade de Grande Bretagne
35, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75 383 Paris Cedex 08, France
- Bank transfer Inform us of your donation at
Our bank information is :
Association Bourses Entente Cordiale
85, rue Saint-Dominique, 75 007 Paris
account number: 00915433570
bank number: 30056
branch number: 00091
key : 31
IBAN : FR76 3005 6000 9100 9154 3357 031
BIC : CCFRFRPP
- Paypal: follow our link
To donate in pounds (download our form to receive a tax receipt):
- Cheque made payable to "The Entente Cordiale Trust" and sent to:
Entente Cordiale Scholarships Programme
Service Culturel, Ambassade de France
23 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EL
- Bank transfer Inform us of your donation at
Our bank information is :
Entente Cordiale Trust
Community Account 91281291
Sort Code 40-05-01
129 New Bond Street, LONDON W1A 2JA
When Sponsors and Alumni Meet
EC reception at the Ambassador's residence
In September 2010 at the reception given by HE the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to France, I could meet some of our sponsors, among them Eurocopter and Schlumberger. This allowed me to be in direct contact with the people who make our projects possible.
I could see how Entente Cordiale’s partners were delighted to help young graduates to build their professional future, and give them a chance to work in their companies at some point in their career. As you can see, these friendly receptions also represent a networking opportunities.
Thank you so much to all the people who made this possible!
Nawal Hssinou, EC 10-11, LL.M at University College London
Visit of EDF Energy's Dungeness power plant
In March 2011, Maxime, the other EDF Energy EC scholar, and I went to visit the Dungeness nuclear power plant. We started the day at St-Pancras station, were we could meet Ranjini Sachin, our special contact at EDF Energy. After a 2 hour train and car journey, we reached Dungeness, a breathtaking place, as it is the only desert in the UK.
Katya Verdonck, EDF Energy’s head of resourcing, joined us for a quick fish and chips, and the visit of the nuclear power plant started. Being introduced to so many systems, all so complex and so gigantic, could not have been more interesting and impressing!
I have nice memories of this day, where I could get to know our sponsors better.
Alandji Bouorakima, EDF Energy EC 10-11, MSc Environmental Engineering at UCL