Supporting French programs and pedagogical innovation across the U.S.
As the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, French is an asset for understanding diverse communities, excelling in international business, and tackling global challenges of tomorrow and beyond.
Our French in Higher Education initiatives support university language departments in developing new programs and offerings to inspire the next generation of students to learn French.
Call for Proposals
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy works closely with industry professionals and partners to provide seed funding to French and Francophone Studies programs at higher education institutions in the U.S. that seek to adapt to evolving higher education and professional landscapes.
An annual call for proposals supports higher education institutions that strive to bring a new dimension to the instruction of French or experiential learning opportunities, including interdisciplinary programs, faculty workshops, internship opportunities for American students in France, student mobility initiatives, and regional curricula partnerships.
As of 2023, grants range from $2,000 to $20,000 and are awarded depending on the needs and quality of the project.
Funding must be used to initiate mid-to-long-term changes through innovation and/or to implement best practices at the program, department level, or beyond.
In the context of a diversifying US society, the development of equity, inclusion, and social justice in French and Francophone Studies is particularly important. Universities and programs must report on the success of the projects and implement systems for continued engagement with the relevant communities even after the project’s conclusion.
Applications should be submitted by the project coordinator and include supporting documentation, e.g. a letter of support from a university dean or department.
Internships and Experiential Learning
The Internships and Experiential Learning Program is a gateway for advanced French speakers to embark on transformative internships in France or Francophone countries. Starting in the fall of 2023, the program will empower students to expand their skills, enhance language fluency, and develop their global network.
- A national call for projects will allow universities to receive funding to develop their own internship programs.
- An online platform will also be launched to give US students the opportunity to apply for internships in France or Francophone countries at one of our partner companies.
- Finally, scholarships will be offered to the most deserving students.
As part of our program, we host webinars that enable instructors and administrators to share best practices and offer resources to make French and Francophone studies attractive and dynamic. These informative sessions cover various aspects, including a comprehensive webinar on the grant program, and another one providing insights into our internship program.
To watch our last webinar (May 24, 2023), please click here.
To learn more, please contact us here.
This program is part of French for All, a new comprehensive initiative to support equity in access to French language education in the United States.