What is the France on Campus Award?

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with support from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has launched the second edition of the France on Campus Award under the patronage of film director Wes Anderson, to discover, celebrate and support initiatives that explore France in new and creative ways.

The Award is aimed at American student organizations eager to produce creative projects on their campus while introducing new audiences to French culture. Projects can encompass all fields, including (but not limited to) Visual Art, Design, Film, Food, Journalism, Music, Photography, Performance, Publishing, Science, and Technology.

The program is intended to:
• Support students eager to launch or continue a major France-related project on campus.
• Expose new audiences on campus to France and French culture.
• Assist students in expanding their French professional networks.

Special attention will be placed on ensuring that most U.S. regions are represented.

Who is eligible for the Award?

Only student clubs or associations are eligible for the award. In addition, the organization must be affiliated with an American college or university. All applicants will be required to provide documentation verifying affiliation of the organization with an American college or university.

Only the organization's executive board members are authorized to apply on behalf of their organization. If the project is selected, the person who applied on behalf on his/her organization will be considered as the Project Leader. As such, he/she will be allocated a mentor, and will be the focal point for the communication between the student organization and the Cultural Services.

Each organization may submit only one application.

Should the applicant’s college or university not have any registered student organizations, he/she may apply on its college/university’s behalf with the approval of his/her college/university’s administration.

A university may submit several applications as long as the applications are from different student organizations.

Please note, this award is not limited to student organizations with strong ties to France.

What are the selection criteria?

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• Demonstrated interest in expanding the reach of France and French culture on campus

• Originality and creativity of the project

• Potential to reach a broad audience, including university students, professors, as well as other organizations on campus and beyond.

We strongly encourage collaboration with students and/or faculty members from other departments and organizations. Participants can envision partnerships with external organizations and individuals in their project description.

There is no limit to your creativity. Be passionate and persuasive when presenting your project.

What will the Award winners receive?

The French Embassy will bestow ten awards. The first place winner will receive a grant of $2,000 grant, and the second place winner will receive a $1,000 grant to implement their project. All awardees will have the opportunity to launch a fundraising campaign on our partners' plateform (more information to come) with the help of representatives to secure external funds for their project.

The prize includes:
• $2,000 grant for the first place winner to implement the project.
• $1,000 grant for the second place winner to implement the project.
• Mentorship support to develop the project. As leader of the selected project, you will be allocated two mentors. A representative will advise you in setting your fundraising goals and strategies during the project development phase. A Cultural Attaché from the Consulate General of France in your region will help you design and manage your project during the development and implementation phases.
• Promotional and networking support from the Cultural Services during your project development and implementation phases
• Award certificate signed by the Ambassador of France to the United States following the completion of the project.
• Invitations to selected events organized by the French Embassy and/or consulates throughout one year.

What are the application procedures?

Applicants are required to submit:
• A completed application form
• A budget proposal
• A document proving the affiliation of their organization with an American college or university.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit an optional one-minute video in which they pitch their project.

Only the President or the Committee members of the club or association are allowed to apply on behalf of their organization.

What is the timeline?

Applications will close on Sunday, November 6, 2016 (12:00 am EST).
Late applications will not be considered.
Participants can expect a decision by the end of November, 2016 and can plan their projects anytime throughout the duration of the school year. The grants will be paid within a month following the decision of the jury.

Grantees commit to implementing their project by the end of the school year i.e. by May 30, 2017. They will receive their Award certificate signed by the Ambassador of France to the US following the completion of their project.

What are the requirements for awardees?

In the month following the completion of their project, awardees will be asked to provide the French Embassy with a final report describing implemented activities and their outcomes (a template will be provided). The first and second place winners will also have to provide a detailed statement of accounts for the expenses directly related to the grant.

All selected organizations will be required to mention the Cultural services as the sponsor of their project.