- Assistantship positions
- Chateaubriand Fellowship in Social Sciences & the Humanities
- Others Fellowships and Scholarships
- Youth international meetings
The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer approximately teaching assistant positions in French primary and secondary schools as well as in various Instituts Universitaires de Formation des Maîtres (IUFMs) in all regions of France and the DOM-TOMS to persons who fulfill the following requirements:
- You are an American citizen (or have a Green Card). If you have a Green Card, you must have spent your high school years in the United States. French citizens (who have a Green Card in the U.S.) are NOT allowed to apply to this program.
- You are between 20 and 30 years of age as of October 1 of the year you wish to go to France.
- You are currently pursuing (at least your third year of university) or have already attained a college degree
- You are proficient in French. Students without a major or minor in French but with a basic proficiency (about 3 semesters) in French can apply. If you have never taken classes, but lived abroad in a francophone country, this is usually considered enough French.
BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
This is a unique opportunity to:
-spend between 6-9 months in France with a monthly stipend
-have a privileged insight into contemporary France
-master the French language through linguistic immersion
-gain valuable teaching experience
You will be expected to teach 12 hours of English conversation classes per week.
You will be paid about 945€ each month. This means that after social security and health care are taken out, you have about 780€ a month to live on. You may not defer social security and health care costs. The stipend provides enough money to live the life-style of a typical French student.
A PRACTICAL TIMELINE
The candidate prepares his or her application and mails it to the French Embassy in Washington D.C. before one of the three deadlines: November 15, December 15 or January 15
• The month of May
The candidate will receive a letter from the French Embassy in Washington D.C. about his or her acceptance. The letter will inform the student of which school district (“académie”) and age group they have been assigned to.
• July, August, September
Once the assistant has received the contract (“arrêté”), which will specify his or her location within the académie, he or she should contract the school for practical information. The assistant also should go to the local French consulate in the United States to obtain the visa.
AFTER THE ASSISTANT HAS OBTAINED THE VISA, the assistant may leave for France.
• October 1st
The assistant begins his or her assignment.
This program allows schools all over France to benefit from your English speaking skills. This means that some assistants may be placed in an urban setting, others in a suburban setting, and still others in a rural setting.
If you are accepted, please note the following information. Due to visa procedures, please plan to be in the United States, in the region that you list as your primary address, the summer prior to beginning the Assistantship so as to process your visa. You will need to visit your local French Consulate’s visa office in person or give yourself enough time to mail your visa application to the French consular visa office (usually about 2-3 weeks). Some consulates require that applicants for a visa MUST apply for their visa in person. Please check their respective websites to verify the correct procedure. Since the paperwork does not necessarily arrive until early September, please plan to be in the United States mid-September.
Arrival in France
Assistants are responsible for their transportation to France. The assistants must arrive before October 1st; however, before leaving the United States, they must wait for the proper documentation from France. This documentation will not arrive until the summer. The regional education authorities will hold an introductory course at the beginning of the assistant’s stay. These free courses facilitate the assistant’s integration and introduce them to their jobs in the schools. They are organized by each school district. The school district will contact you about this meeting.
Assistants coming from outside the European Union do not qualify for Social Security before receiving their resident permit. In the interim (up to several weeks), American assistants must procure their own personal health insurance. We suggest that the assistant purchase his or her own health insurance the first three months. Furthermore, the insurance does NOT cover one’s travels outside of France nor does it cover any medical travel costs for returning to the United States. It also does not cover the repatriation of remains. We, thus, highly suggest that you purchase travel insurance or purchase an international student/youth card that often covers aforementioned emergencies.
American assistants are responsible for making their accommodation and residence arrangements. For more information, please visit the CIEP website (www.ciep.fr), which offers practical and pedagogical resources.
For further information, please contact Marjorie Nelson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chateaubriand Fellowship in Social Sciences & the Humanities
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers Chateaubriand Scholarships for research in France on French literature, cinema, the humanities, the arts, history, philosophy, political sciences. It also offers scholarships for research in science and technology to conduct research in a French laboratory.
Chateaubriand Fellowshipsc allow you to:
- conduct research in France and/or
- work under the supervision of a professor in a French university or research institution and/or
- attend seminars of a specific professor at a French university
- Candidates must be pursuing a Ph.D. in the Humanities or Social Sciences
- Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens but must be enrolled in an American university*
- Candidates must obtain a letter of invitation from a French university, a Grande Ecole or a research institution before applying
- No particular level of French is required, though most students need a certain level in order to conduct their research
(* French citizens are not allowed to apply)
- Allowances of about €1300 a month, plus a "book allowance" of about €300
- A round-trip ticket to France
- A health insurance while in France
- 30 days of per diem for travel in France for research purposes
- Application deadline: December 15th
- Evaluation process: from January to February
- Decision announced in March
- The fellowship begins in fall and ends 9 months later
Factors considered in the evaluation of a candidate’s application
- necessity to be in France for an extended period of time
- quality and originality of proposed research project
- choice of an appropriate French professor for the candidate’s research proposal
- letters of recommendation
- letter of invitation
- curriculum vitae, list of publications, and academic transcripts
- December: verification of eligibility and documents received
-Classification by subject
- January: all proposals are evaluated by one French and one American expert that specializes in the area of study of the candidate
- End of February: a jury meets at the Embassy in Washington. The jury is made up of one professor from France and five professors from different regions in the U.S. and each member of the jury specializes in a different field.
For complete information and application procedures, go to http://france-science.org/chateaubriand3/chateaubriand_/
Others Fellowships and Scholarships
Many fellowships are available for people who want to come in France : students, artists, researchers... To see all the fellowships, please visit the link above.
Here are the fellowships available for the students in social sciences and humanities :
Bourses d'excellence Eiffel
- Domaine: Sciences de l'ingénieur (46% en 2004), sciences économiques et de gestion (36%), droit et
sciences politiques (18%)
- Montant et durée: Voyage aller-retour, assurance médicale, préformation linguistique d'un an, activités
culturelles + 1180 € / mois
- Condition: Meilleur étudiant dans son domaine, de moins de 30 ans, bourse demandée par l'établissement
- Contact: SCAC > EGIDE, 28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, 75010 Paris, +33 1 40 40 58 80, - 59 07, fax
42 41 85 90, eiffel@ egide.asso.fr
Chaires Blaise Pascal ou Bourses de la Fondation de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure
- Domaine: Sciences exactes ou appliquées, sciences du vivant, sciences de l'univers et de l'environnement,
technologies nouvelles et sciences humaines et sociales
- Montant et durée: 1 an à plein temps, +/- 198.000 €
- Condition: 5 chercheurs de très haut niveau et de renommée internationale
- Contact: ENS, 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, +33 1 44 32 35 81, -31 85, -38 49, fax –31 83, fondation@
Chaire des Amériques
- Domaine: Anthropologie, sociologie, littérature, économie politique, science politique, civilisation, droit,
dans le cadre de l'Observatoire des Amériques
- Montant et durée: Un à 3 mois, rémunéré au niveau d'un maître de conférence, hébergement et transport
pris en charge par l'Université de Rennes 2 -Haute Bretagne
- Condition: Universitaires et chercheurs confirmés venant des Amériques
- Contact: Université de Rennes 2 -Haute Bretagne, Observatoire des Amériques, +33 2 99 14 10 00,
chaire-des-ameriques@ uhb.fr, oda@ uhb.fr
Chaire Franco-Américaine Tocqueville / Fulbright
- Domaine: Etudes franco-américaines
- Montant et durée: Co-financée par le Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et
de la recherche et le programme Fulbright
- Condition: Universitaires
- Contact: Commission Franco-américaine d'échanges universitaires et culturels, 9 rue Chardin, F-75016
Paris, www. fulbright-france.org/htm/fulbrighttocqueville.asp
Bourses d'étudiant de la Section internationale de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)
- Domaine: Lettres ou Sciences
- Montant et durée: Couvre les frais de logement, l'accès aux cours, bibliothèques et activités culturelles
pendant un an
- Condition: Etudiants proposés par leur université (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, NYU, Columbia, UCLA,
Berkeley, Stanford, Chicago,...)
- Contact: ENS, Section internationale, 45 rue d'Ulm, F-75230 Paris cdx 05, +33 1 44 32 30 00, fax -20 99,
Bourses de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
- Domaine: Sciences, sciences industrielles ou sciences de l'homme et de la société
- Montant et durée: Bourse d'entretien de 1.000 € / mois, pour une recherche de 6 à 12 mois
- Condition: Etudiants de 2e année de mastère (au moins M1 = 60 crédits européens ECTS niveau mastère)
- Contact: ENS Cachan, Direction des relations internationales, 61 avenue du Président Wilson, 94235 Ca-
chan cdx, +33 1 47 40 21 71, fax -23 79, www. ens-cachan.fr, bourse.internationale@ ens-cachan.fr
Bourses d'étudiant de la Section internationale de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure LSH de Lyon
- Domaine: Préparation de la 2e année d'un mastère ou thèse en lettres ou sciences humaines
- Montant et durée: 1.000 € / mois pendant un an, renouvelable un an
- Condition: Bachelor (bac + 3 ans d'études sup) ou plus, moins de 26 ans (master) ou 28 ans (thèse)
- Contact: ENS LSH, 15 Parvis René Descartes, BP 7000, F-69342 Lyon cdx 07, +33 4 37 60 00, fax -60
60, www. ens-lsh.fr
Youth international meetings
Each year, the french cultural services in the United States offer nearly 50 youth International Meetings grants (Rencontres Internationales de Jeunes - RIJ) allowing Americans aged 18 to 25 to spend 9 to 15 days in France. most of the trips are scheduled between June 20 and September 10. All expenses (accomodation, meals, activities) of these young meetings are paid for by the French Government. However, the candidates have to pay their round trip to the meeting point in France.
Anyone with a good knowledge of French, and interested in French culture, life and language.
For complete information and application procedures, go to the link above.