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

"l'Avant-Scène", the French theatre workshop

Project

2013 Project submitted by Princeton University / Total costs of the project : $37.600 / Embassy of France support : $20.725

French in contact

Project

2013 Project submitted by University of Florida / Total costs of the project : $19.570 / Embassy of France support : $18.070

Maison Française Centennial Digital Archive

Project

2013 Project submitted by Columbia University / Total costs of the project : $53.000 / Embassy of France support : $30.000

Four Institutional Partnerships for Research and Higher Education

Project

2013 Project submitted by Northwestern University / Total costs of the project: $51.420 / Embassy of France support: $28.870,84

Re-Thinking literature

Project

2013 Project submitted by New York University Total costs of the project: $48.950 Embassy of France support: $25.000 Partners: - New York University – Dept of French - Florence Gould Foundation - Institut Francais

The Louisiana Bishop’s Mailbox: a French language epistolary collection from 1831 to 1859

Project

2013 Project submitted by Louisiana State University Total costs of the project: $49.000 Embassy of France support: $6.000 Partners: - LSU Libraries Department - University of Paris X Nanterre - Archdiocese of New Orleans - University of Ottawa

Francophone Digital Humanities

Project

2013 Project submitted by Duke University / Total costs of the project : $49.000 / Embassy of France support : $25.000

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