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

Mobility & migrations in 21st century europe

Project

Mobility & migrations in 21st century europeProject2017 Project submitted by Georgetown University  | Embassy of France support: $ 5000Project coordinator: to be comingSummary of the Project

Taskforce on mobility & migrations in 21st century Europe

Project

Taskforce on mobility & migrations in 21st century EuropeProject2017 Project submitted by George Washington University | Embassy of France support: $ 5000Project coordinator: Derek Malone-FranceSummary of the Project

In transit: the arts of migration

Project

In transit: the arts of migrationProject2017 Project submitted by Duke University | Embassy of France support: $ 5000Project coordinator: Helen SoltererSummary of the Project

Islam and the French: religion and laïcité in the public sphere

Project

Islam and the French: religion and laïcité in the public sphereProject2017 Project submitted by Brown University | Embassy of France support: $ 2000Project coordinator: Lewis SeifertSummary of the Project

Europe on Credit: Narratives of Speculation, Decline, and Responsibility

Project

Europe on Credit: Narratives of Speculation, Decline, and Responsibility2016 Project submitted by Harvard  | Embassy of France support: $8 200,00Project coordinator: Elaine Papoulias and Grzegorz EkiertSummary of the Project

Confrontation and Aftermath: Remembering Wars in France

Project

Confrontation and Aftermath: Remembering Wars in France2016 Project submitted by University of Florida | Embassy of France support: $12 000,00Project coordinator: Alioune SowSummary of the Project

Le Français dans Tous ses Etats

Project

Le Français dans Tous ses Etats2016 Project submitted by Columbia University | Embassy of France support: $13 000,00Project coordinator: Souleymane Bachir  Diagne and Shanny PeerSummary of the Project

Five Institutional Partnerships for Research and Higher Education

Project

Five Institutional Partnerships for Research and Higher Education2016 Project submitted by Northwestern University  | Embassy of France support: $11 000,00Project coordinator: Marianne HopmanSummary of the Project

French Studies Workshops

Project

2014 Project submitted by Columbia University | Total costs of the project: $57.300 | Embassy of France support: $28.000

Francophone Digital Humanities - 2

Project

2014 Project submitted by Duke University | Total costs of the project: $34.800 | Embassy of France support: $10.000

French for Research and Creation

Project

2014 Project submitted by the Centre pluridisciplinaire Louis Marin at Johns Hopkins University| Total costs of the project: $30.000 | Embassy of France support: $20.000

A New Look at the French-Based Creol Architecture of New Orleans

Project

2014 Project submitted by the Louisiana State University | Total costs of the project: $26.562 | Embassy of France support: $18.000

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