2023-24 French in Higher Education Call for Projects Now Open

The French in Higher Education is officially accepting proposals for its 2023-24 edition.

Are you a French professor at a US-based university or college? Are you interested in implementing transformative projects and/or internship programs in your department and need help financing it? Look no further, the French in Higher Education grant program could be the perfect fit for you.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Albertine Foundation are offering grants to support innovative projects, including internship programs, in French and Francophone studies at US post-secondary institutions. The aim is to enhance the quality of French programs and boost enrollments.

Grant amounts vary from $2,000 to $20,000, with matching funds encouraged but not mandatory.

Selected projects will exemplify how dynamic, resilient, and useful learning French is today. The funding shall be used to initiate mid-to-long-term changes through innovation and/or immersive internship programs. Impact needs mainly to happen at the department or program level, via the implementation of what can be considered best practices in the field.

In 2022, 14 universities received a grant for innovative projects ranging from cyber-related French classes to the development of DEI-infused French curriculum, through the design of OER in French, or the integration of social justice practices in Francophone studies. If you want to learn more about the very diverse projects that were selected, check out the summary of all projects!

All US post-secondary institutions can apply, and applications must be supported by department heads or deans. Selected projects should begin between late March 2024 and September 2024 and last a minimum of 2 years.

Interested in learning more about this grant opportunity? Check out our dedicated page, guidelines, and our October 23rd webinar recording and slides!


Applications are closed for the 2024 grant program. The next application cycle will open in the Fall of 2024.

If you want to learn more about the very diverse projects that were selected in 2024, check out the summary of all projects.


Elisa Alvarez, Higher Education Program Officer – elisa.alvarez@frenchculture.org