Fulbright U.S. Student Program

France


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18 Open Study/Research Awards

Award Profile:

Up to 20 awards are offered for the Fulbright Study/Research Grant program:

  • 8-10 in the hard and life sciences
  • 8-10 in the arts, humanities, and social sciences


Grant Period:

6 to 10 months.

Grants will begin on September/October 1 to May/June 30 for university attendance. Grant periods vary according to an applicant’s proposal type as follows:

  • Degree seeking MA/MS graduating seniors: 10 months.
  • Doctoral candidates: 6-9 months
  • Artists: 9 months
  • Non-degree seeking graduating seniors: 8 months 

Degree-seeking candidates may apply to degree programs taught in French or English.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Graduating seniors, advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates, and those with previous research experience are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants in the arts, humanities, and social sciences may propose to do the following in their application: complete a full graduate degree (Master's or PhD); attend courses in a French University as a non-degree seeking student; pursue research in France; or pursue a combination of research and course work in France. Preference will be given to candidates enrolling in degree-seeking programs in a French institution.

    • Degree-seeking students will be eligible for a student visa.
    • Non-degree seeking students will be eligible for a visitor visa.
  • For reasons of visa eligibility, applicants in the hard sciences (including life sciences and engineering) must fall into one of three categories:

    • Be enrolled in a French university as a student during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for a student visa;
    • Be enrolled in a US university during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for an intern visa;
    • Or already have validated a Master's degree before arriving in France, in which case they are eligible for a scientific-researcher visa.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright Program in France; however, candidates are encouraged to check with the host institution for language course possibilities. On the Embark Application System, applicants should include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor" in relation to their language proficiency.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with a French university or research center. A letter of affiliation should be submitted with the application.  If the applicant is enrolling in a degree-seeking program, proof of acceptance is not required before or during the application process, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.

Before beginning the application process, candidates should take time to research the best possible place to pursue the chosen course of study, taking into consideration the faculty, achievements, publications, and research of the relevant department in a number of institutions, as well as their locations.

Candidates who will be applying to university study programs must pay attention to university program application deadlines and requirements. They should also pay particular attention to the requirement of enrolling with CampusFrance, an additional, mandatory step in the application process. Many universities require that candidates complete registration with CampusFrance by March 31, 2017, which is often much earlier than university admissions results are announced or even before some admissions applications are available through the individual university websites. Candidates should therefore register with CampusFrance well before the March 31 deadline in order to maintain eligibility for university enrollment. Access the CampusFrance portal for the US.

Applicants may also consult the CampusFrance website for general information on visas, studying in France, and French institutions of higher education. Please note that the CampusFrance higher education directory includes programs offered in French and in English.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

In 2015-16, the annual tuition fee for public higher education institutions at the Master’s level was €256, €610 for an Engineering diploma, and €391 at the Doctoral level.  Please consult the French Ministry of Higher Education and research website for university listings: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/

However, specific programs may have significantly higher tuition fees.  Waivers of tuition are at the discretion of the French educational institution, and applicants are responsible for requesting waivers directly from the institution if selected as a Fulbright grantee.


Ineligibility:

Candidates residing in France at the time of application are not eligible for consideration.


Music and Fine Arts :

Applicants are encouraged to establish contact with specialists in their fields before applying for a grant, and to solicit invitations to study under them. Although the Fulbright Commission in France prefers affiliation with accredited institutions, applicants may be authorized to study with private teachers. Please note that additional personal funds will be needed to cover costs for private lessons, rehearsal facilities, studio space, etc.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


4 Fulbright Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan Awards

Award Profile:

Two to four awards of 6 to 12 months each are offered to pursue a Master’s Degree Program or research at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan. Founded in 1912, the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan is one of the very prestigious and highly competitive Grandes Ecoles in France. ENS Cachan is located in the Paris area and comprises different academic departments, 12 research laboratories, and 3 interdisciplinary institutes. It is now part of the new Université Paris-Saclay.


Grant Period:

Grants are awarded for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Grant periods may vary for independent research projects.

Grants will generally begin on September 1 through June 30 for university attendance.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Graduating college seniors, Master’s, and Ph.D.-level candidates interested in a training and/or research period at ENS Cachan in the following fields are eligible to apply: hard sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright Program in France; however, language courses are offered by ENS Cachan to selected grantees. On the Embark Application System, applicants should include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor," in relation to their language proficiency. 

 


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with ENS Cachan. A letter of affiliation should be submitted with the application for applicants pursuing research projects. Applicants enrolling in a degree seeking program must apply to ENS Cachan, as well. Applicants must concurrently contact the ENS Cachan International Office at [email protected] who will explain the procedure to apply for the ENS Cachan scholarship. For these applicants, a letter of affiliation is not required before or during the application process, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by ENS Cachan.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

A full tuition waiver and access to language instruction are provided, if needed, from the ENS Cachan.


Ineligibility:

Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name please select ENS de Cachan Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


10 Fulbright/French Government English Teaching Assistant Awards

Award Profile:

The Fulbright Commission and the International Agency of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP), offer up to 10 awards for Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to France.  These 10 Fulbright ETA awards are part of the general French Government English Teaching Assistantship program, and are enhanced with an additional monthly stipend, a housing allowance where applicable, Fulbright enrichment programs, and guidance.

Candidates who submit applications to Fulbright will only be considered for the Fulbright ETA awards administered through IIE and the Fulbright Commission in France. The general French Government Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) offers an additional 1,100 positions for Americans to teach English in France each year, however TAPIF has its own separate application process. Candidates wishing to have the best chance of receiving an award to teach English in France are encouraged to submit BOTH the Fulbright ETA and the general French government TAPIF applications (see below for additional application requirements).

One of the 10 awards will be given for the Fulbright/French Government English Teaching-EducationUSA Advising Assistantship. The grantee will be placed in one of the five partner high schools located in the Paris suburbs and at the Fulbright Commission’s EducationUSA Advising Center. In addition to 12 hours of teaching per week at the high school, the grantee will spend up to 20 hours per week advising French students on studying in the U.S. and participating in EducationUSA outreach activities, which will take the place of an independent research/study project.  Applicants are asked to describe in the Statement of Grant Purpose why they are interested in this opportunity: for example, experience with or desire to learn more about international education and student exchange. For more information on the EducationUSA Advising Center and its activities, see http://educationusa.state.gov/.

For further information on the French Government Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), please consult the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. website:  http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/teach-in-france


Grant Period:

7 months.

Grants will begin on October 1 through at least April 30.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February.

 


Candidate Profile:

For the ten Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships, applicants at all degree levels will be considered. However, Master’s-level candidates with experience working in a multi-cultural environment are preferred. Candidates with the ability to incorporate extra-curricular activities (e.g., musical, artistic, and/or athletic skills) in their classroom to enhance the intercultural aspects of the program and the students’ learning experience should discuss this in their Statements of Grant Purpose. Preference will be given to individuals with career interests in teaching. Candidates must also satisfy the eligibility requirements of the French Government Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: French language proficiency is strongly recommended. On the Embark Application System, applicants should include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor," in relation to their language proficiency.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: n/a


Graduate Degree Enrollment: n/a


Placement Type:

Grantees are placed in high schools in priority education areas, which are defined in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds (underprivileged populations). The schools in these areas qualify for special support, particularly in terms of equipment, i.e., computers, resource centers, sports facilities, etc. Students typically come from multi-cultural backgrounds and face personal and academic challenges. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program aims to provide these populations with an opportunity to have direct contact with native English-speakers.

Grantees will be placed as assistant-teachers in English classes at French high schools that have been carefully chosen by the Fulbright Commission. Teaching assistants will be involved with assisting teachers in the fields of English language studies, History, Geography, and American studies. ETA duties will be approximately 12 hours per week. Grantees will work with teachers in providing guidance on vocabulary and conversation practice linked to their high school track of studies.

Grantees will be offered the opportunity to participate in community service, including the Commission's outreach efforts on higher education in the U.S.

For a detailed description of an ETA assignment, please consult the CIEP website:  http://www.ciep.fr/assistants-etrangers-france

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Ineligibility:

Individuals with dual U.S.-French citizenship are not eligible, and applicants cannot be over 35 years old on the start date of the program.


Special Application Instructions:

If you are interested in the Fulbright/French Government English Teaching-EducationUSA Advising Assistantship, you must include this title in your Abstract: "English Teaching-EducationUSA Advising Assistantship," and describe your qualifications for this role in your Statement of Grant Purpose. Applicants who express interest in this program will also be considered for one of the regular Fulbright/French Government English Teaching Assistantships awards.

 


Note on Non-Fulbright Government Teaching Assistantships:

The French Government Teaching Assistant Program in France is administered by the French Ministry of Education and its international agency, the Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP), in coordination with the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Candidates who apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program must also submit separate applications to the French government’s TAPIF program in order to be considered.

To submit a separate TAPIF application, please visit the following website:

Website: http://highereducation.frencheducation.org/teach-in-france

TAPIF Application Deadline: January 15th

Contact: Natalie Cox, [email protected]


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


2 Fulbright/Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Rennes Awards New

Award Profile:

Two awards of up to 24 months each are offered to pursue a Master’s Degree Program at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Rennes. Founded in 1994, ENS Rennes was created as a satellite campus of ENS Cachan in Brittany. Since 2013, however, ENS Rennes has been an independent institution. It is one of the very prestigious and highly competitive Grandes Ecoles in France, specializing in Law, Economics, Management, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Sport Science and Physical Education.

 


Grant Period:

Grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 24 months. Grantees must satisfy the academic requirements of the first year of the Master’s program to be eligible for the second year of funding.

Grants will generally begin on September 1 through August 31st for university attendance. Grantees may also attend an optional summer school prior to beginning the degree program.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February (organized by the Fulbright Commission).

 


Candidate Profile:

Graduating college seniors and current holders of Bachelor’s Degrees interested in a Master’s Degree at ENS Rennes are eligible to apply. One award will be given to a candidate in the humanities or social sciences; the other award will be given to a candidate in the Life and Physical sciences.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright Program in France; however, language courses are offered by ENS Rennes to selected grantees. On the Embark Application System, applicants must include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor," in relation to their language proficiency. 


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

A full tuition waiver to the degree program and optional summer school is provided, as well as access to language instruction if needed, from the ENS Rennes. Please note that, according to French law, all students are required to pay social security “sécurité sociale” rights. This is to be paid upon registration.

 


Ineligibility:

Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.

 


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name, please select ENS de Rennes Award from the drop down menu.

 


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.