Centers of Excellence



A number of Universities throughout the United States have been selected as French Embassy Centers of Excellence. They will receive recurring financial support and yearly project-based support to fund a wide variety of activities and research. Starting in 2013, a steering committee of independent French and American personalities from the world of higher education will examine proposals for new membership on a yearly basis.

Though the nature of the Centers can vary according to their geographical, institutional and historical positions, a few conditions define them.


Criteria 

• A "critical mass" of high level academics and researchers
• A well-identified structure (mostly based on existing structures)
• A clear research and /or academic agenda
• A reasonable stability of funding and operating conditions over time
• A high level of international visibility and scientific connectivity


Objectives 

The network of French Embassy Centers of Excellence, housed at major research universities (2014 members listed below), enhances the stature of France within European Union studies; promotes France-US relations through interdisciplinary teaching programs; encourages public-private and research partnerships with France; and innovates in the realm of outreach activities to encourage student interest in France.

The Centers support the Embassy of France’s efforts in University cooperation by identifying and integrating existing research and teaching activities connected with France in their institutions, and establishing a framework through which these and other activities related to France can be facilitated and promoted.


2016 Network 

Columbia University | Cornell University | Brown University | Dartmouth College | Duke University | Georgetown University | George Washington University | Harvard University | Johns Hopkins University | Louisiana State University | New York University | Northwestern University | Princeton University | Texas A&M | University of California Los Angeles | University of Florida | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign | University of Southern California | University of Texas at Austin | University of Wisconsin at Madison 


Call for proposals

In addition to the annual subsidy they receive to cover their administrative costs, each center can seek further funding for specific project. Since 2013, a grant competition is regulating the attribution of project based financial support. Funding will be attributed to projects that address one or several of the priorities listed above.

Applications for 2017 project can already be submitted.

You can see the application documents for the 2017 call for proposal : Application Material


Current and Past Projects :

See the list of selected projects below

Resistance, a film series

Project

Resistance, a film seriesProject2017 Project submitted by Columbia University | Embassy of France support: $ 4000Project coordinators : Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Shanny PeerSummary of the Project

Teaching France across borders: a transatlantic integrated partnership for educational innovation

Project

Teaching France across borders: a transatlantic integrated partnership for educational innovationProject2017 Project submitted by University of Wisconsin | Embassy of France support: $ 10 000Project coordinator:Summary of the Project

The Dr. Cecile DeWitt-Morette France-UT endowed Excellence Fund

Project

The Dr. Cecile DeWitt-Morette France-UT endowed Excellence FundProject2017 Project submitted by University of Texas at Austin | Embassy of France support: $ 25 000Project coordinator:Summary of the Project

Marcel Proust's World War I letters: a digital edition

Project

Marcel Proust's World War I letters: a digital editionProject2017 Project submitted by University of Illinois at Urbana | Embassy of France and La Mission du Centenaire's support: $ 16 000Project coordinator: Marcus KellerSummary of the Project

Deaf cinema

Project

Deaf cinemaProject2017 Project submitted by University of Florida | Embassy of France support: $ 4000Project coordinator: Alioune SowSummary of the Project

Human zoos in global contexts

Project

Human zoos in global contextsProject2017 Project submitted by UCLA | Embassy of France support: $ 9000Project coordinator: Dominic ThomasSummary of the Project

1917: a global turning point in history and memory

Project

1917: a global turning point in history and memoryProject2017 Project submitted by Texas A&M | Embassy of France and La Mission du Centenaire's support: $ 8 000 (MdC)Project coordinator: Richard GolsanSummary of the Project

Surrealism: from France to the world

Project

Surrealism: from France to the worldProject2017 Project submitted by Princeton | Embassy of France support: $ 9000Project coordinator: Ezra SuleimanSummary of the Project

Disseminating a culture of transatlantic mobility

Project

Disseminating a culture of transatlantic mobilityProject2017 Project submitted by Northwestern University | Embassy of France support: $ 3000Project coordinator: Marianne HopmanSummary of the Project

The sense of sound

Project

The sense of soundProject2017 Project submitted by New York University | Embassy of France support: $ 9000Project coordinator:Summary of the Project

The Glissant translation project

Project

The Glissant translation projectProject2017 Project submitted by Louisiana State University | Embassy of France support: $ 9000Project coordinator: Alexandre LeupinSummary of the Project

Representation and power

Project

Representation and powerProject2017 Project submitted by John Hopkins | Embassy of France support: $ 6000Project coordinators: Jacques Neefs and Derek SchillingSummary of the Project

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