Eligibility & Guidelines - HSS

The Chateaubriand fellowship program allows young scholars to broaden their experience and networks by spending several months at a French higher-education institution. The fellows will be able to engage in dissertation research and interact with a French mentor and scholars.

We offer three types of fellowships:

  • Fall Fellowship, 4 months
  • Spring Fellowship, 4 months
  • Year-long Fellowship, 8 months

Calendar for the 2023-2024 academic year

  • Application deadline: January 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST
  • Award Notification: May 2023


  • You must be currently working on your PhD
  • You must be registered in an American university (US citizenship is not required; however, French citizens are not eligible)
  • All HSS research topics are eligible
  • You must obtain a letter of agreement from your advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution.
  • Your US and French advisors must agree to co-supervise part of your thesis
  • Knowledge of French is not mandatory and is left to the discretion of the host institution


  • A monthly stipend of €1500
  • A round-trip ticket to France
  • Health insurance for the duration of the fellowship


Applications are evaluated both by a French and an American scholar, before being reviewed by a final selection committee.

Selection criteria are as follow:

  • Academic relevance of the research project
  • Applicant’s command of the subject
  • Applicant’s command of the Literature in the Field
  • Added Value of Research in France
  • Contribution to FR/US Research Dialogue


To apply, please fill in the online form. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Contact details
  • Academic background (degrees, fellowships)
  • Main accomplishments (awards, publications, conferences, etc.)
  • Research project in the U.S. (summary, U.S. advisor contact details)
  • Research project in France (summary, French advisor contact details)


Please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Detailed description of your research project
  • Letter of agreement from your U.S. research advisor
  • Letter of invitation from your project advisor in France
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Copies of your transcripts

We will not review incomplete applications.

Please consult the guidelines for instructions, including content and format requirements.

Optional documents:

  • Second letter of recommendation from a professor who knows your work but who is not your US or French advisor.
  • Joint supervision Agreement (co-tutelle): if your PhD is being carried out under a joint agreement between a US and a French university (co-tutelle), please provide the official agreement between your PhD advisor and your host professor for a joint supervision.

Call 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 call for applications is opened.