About the Chateaubriand Fellowship Program
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.
2. The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fellowship is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, using a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.
- Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.
- Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. However, French citizens are not eligible to apply.
- Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please be in touch with your supervisor in France as early as possible. The history of the research relationship will be taken into account in the review process.
There are three types of fellowships:
- Fall Fellowship: 4 months, starts October 1st.
- Spring Fellowship: 4 months, starts February 1st.
- Year-long Fellowship: 8 months, starts October 1st.
Applicants’ preference will be taken into account but not necessarily accommodated.
HSS Chateaubriand fellows receive:
- A monthly stipend of 1500 €
- Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship
- A round-trip ticket to France
Each application receives two evaluations: one from a French scholar, the other from an American scholar.
The candidates’ applications and their scholars’ recommendations are then reviewed by a final selection committee.
The criteria taken into account include:
- Academic Relevance of the Research Project
- Beneficial Effects of a Research Trip to France
- Student’s command of the subject
- Contribution of the Project to the Global France/US Academic Exchange Context
- October 17 : Opening of the 2016 Chateaubriand Call for applications
- January 27, 2017 : Deadline for application (12:00 pm EST)
- February to April : Bilateral selection process
- May 13, 2017 : Communication of results via email.
In order to access and complete the electronic application, please follow the steps below.
- Create an account
- Read the guidelines
- Sign in with the user name and password sent to you via email.
- Complete the application and upload the necessary attachments (Note that you can save your application as you go and return to complete it at a later time).
- Submit your completed application. You will not be able to change your data after final submission.
- Make sure that you receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.
In addition to the online application form, applicant must provide some documents. Letters can be provided either in French or English. French proficiency is not requested, but a short summary of the research project in French shall be included in the online application.
- Description of the research project: this document should present shortly your research project. Maximum 10,000 characters (space included). The bibliography is not requested.
- Invitation letter from your French supervisor: this letter should mention how the Chateaubriand applicant will be hosted and included in the French laboratory or research team. It could mention works, papers or research the applicant intends to do with the French part and how the support to the Chateaubriand applicant will strengthen existing or future collaborations between French and American higher education institutions, (i.e. the applicant is welcomed as part of a joint thesis, in the framework of an exchange program or a cooperation agreement). The letter must mention the history of the research relationship.
- PhD advisor’s agreement letter: As an official document, the letter must be written on university letterhead and contain the signature of the advisor.
- Second and Third recommendation letters: the applicant can request up to two optional recommendation letters. Referees must be different than the PhD advisor and the French supervisor.
- Joint supervision Agreeement (co-tutelle): If your PhD is done as a joint agreement between a US and a French university (co-tutelle), please provide the official agreement between your Ph.D. advisor and your host professor for a joint supervision.
For more information click "Further official information" below.