Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant
A man of the Enlightenment, philosopher and scientist, Benjamin Franklin was also a great diplomat and friend of France. This travel grant is named after him and aims at giving students enrolled in an American University an opportunity to discover France. It is open to sophomore, junior & senior students who are enrolled in a double major including one major in French and one major in another discipline. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.
Applications from students who are in a course combining French and a non-humanities major such as pre-med, law, engineering, sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, business & management are encouraged.
The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant
• Provides successful candidates with a stipend of up to $ 1,500 per selected applicant.
• Gives selected candidates the possibility to travel to France according to their academic and professional projects (studies, internship, specific visits…)
• Offers selected students the opportunity to access the network of Benjamin Franklin Alumni.
• Sophomore, Junior & Senior students who have reached their 18th birthday before departure.
• Enrolled in a double major program combining a major/certificate in French and a major in another discipline in an American University when applying.
• Mobility period: 90 days max or, if for more than 90 days, the student is responsible for applying for a visa.
1) The application form detailing the objectives of the trip, the program and budget, the academic project and the professional objectives of the applicant (2 pages – attached below). Each student must directly fill out the form which must be sent by the head of the French Department in word format.
2) The approval form signed by both academic advisors and by the Study Abroad Advisor (1 page). See annex – Approval Form – to be sent in pdf format with all signatures.
3) A recommendation letter from the French language academic advisor (Professor of French language, French Culture) answering the following questions: Why would you recommend this student for the Benjamin Franklin grant? What is his/her level in French? What is the commitment of the applicant to his academic and professional objectives? (1page) The letter must be signed and scanned.
4) A recommendation letter from the academic advisor for the other Major answering the following questions: Why would you recommend this student for the Benjamin Franklin grant? What is the commitment of the applicant to his academic and professional objectives? (1 page) The letter must be signed and scanned.
Attention: Applications must be sent by your French academic advisor only. Applicants are not allowed to send their application. Please send the complete application in a single e-mail (including the two letters of recommendation and signed approval from)
Application Process and Deadlines
• The selection will be based on candidate’s academic qualities and motivation
• Applications open on Friday, February 22nd
• Applications close on Monday, April 15th
UPDATE : applications are being processed
Due to the high number of applications received, results will be communicated in the up coming weeks.
Applications must be sent to Prudence Barbera at firstname.lastname@example.org
The complete application has to be sent in one single e-mail by the French academic advisor.