Visiting Junior Scholar Fellowship
The France-Stanford Center Visiting Junior Scholar Fellowship is open to scholars who have completed a Ph.D. no more than three years from the date of applying for the fellowship and who hold a tenure-track/permanent position or a postdoctoral position. These may be Stanford-based scholars seeking a research visit at a French institution or scholars based in a French institution seeking a research visit at Stanford.
Eligibility Fellowships are available to the following categories of applicants:
(1) Scholars who have completed a PhD no more than three years from the date of applying for the fellowship and who hold a tenure-track/permanent (rather than post-doctoral) position. These may be Stanford-based scholars seeking a research visit at a French institution or scholars based in a French institution seeking a research visit at Stanford.
(2) Postdoctoral students. These may be Stanford-based postdocs seeking a research visit at a French institution or postdocs based in a French-institution seeking a research visit at Stanford. The phrase “French institution” is intended to be interpreted broadly, encompassing public and private universities, public technical universities, institutes of technologies and autonomous scientific higher education institutes, Grandes Ecoles, government agencies and organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Please note that applicants based at a French institution and seeking to do research at Stanford need not possess French citizenship. Similarly, applicants based at Stanford seeking to do research or pursue an internship in France need not possess U.S. citizenship.
Funding All Visiting Junior Scholar Fellows are expected to pursue projects that will take on the order of 2 to 4 months to complete. The maximum funding available for a 2-month project (i.e. most summer projects) is $5,000. Projects lasting 3 months may be funded up to a maximum of $6,000 and those lasting 4 months up to $7,000. As indicated in the application materials, please submit an itemized budget.
Allowable and Unallowable Expenses
The grant may be used for travel, lodging, and living costs associated with research or training; the purchase of research materials; research-related services (e.g. duplication costs, production of questionnaires/surveys, human subject costs, data entry, transcribing interviews, running focus groups, etc.). The grant may not be used for the purchase of equipment (e.g. computers, recording equipment, etc.), supplies, or software. It may not be used to pay for tuition fees (except in the case of tuition charged by Stanford to Visiting Student Researchers); the costs of book translations and book publishing; or to cover conference registration fees. So too, it may not be used to provide salary payments in any form (e.g., to fund coordinators or principal investigators for their work in setting up collaborations, to fund administrative staff). Tax information Fellowship stipends are considered taxable. More information on tax withholding can be found here. Non-U.S. residents may be eligible for tax exemption on fellowship stipends if their country of residence has an existing tax treaty with the US. More information can be found here. Tax information for international students and scholars can be found here.
Those interested in being considered for a Visiting Junior Scholar Fellowship should submit the following documents:
• Complete application form
• Letter to the France-Stanford Center Director - Letter describing the applicant’s research interests and plans during the proposed visit to Stanford or to a French institution (including inter alia, universities, NGOs and corporations). The letter should identify the particular individuals with whom the applicant will be working, including one who agrees to serve as the official “sponsor”. The letter should also indicate the proposed length of stay (between two to four months) and discuss ways in which the applicant’s research and educational objectives will further the goals of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
• Recommendation letter - Letter from the applicant’s home supervisor, discussing the applicant and the merits of the proposed visit. Advisor should upload letter directly into Slideroom
• Letter from official sponsor - Letter from the individual serving as the official sponsor, explaining the nature of the applicant’s proposed research/work activities and plans to fully incorporate him/her into the host environment
• Applicant’s resume
• Financial annex Please note that the procedure outlined above is solely for the purpose of obtaining a fellowship from the FranceStanford Center. All applicants must obtain separate and independent approval from the department that they intend to visit prior to applying to the France-Stanford Center Fellowship Program.
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