US Scholar Program

Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award

For eminent scholars of all disciplines

1 semester in France

Starting date : either September 2019 (1st semester) or January 2020 (2nd semester)

In 2005, the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the US Department of State, created the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award in commemoration of Alexis de Tocqueville’s 200th birthday and Senator J. William Fulbright’s 100th birthday.

The Distinguished Chair’s objective is to create, develop, and reinforce Franco-American cooperation in the disciplines essential to French and American society and to the mutual understanding of both peoples.

The award aims to reinforce collaborative research between the United States and France in all fields of study. Grantees are invited as guest lecturers and researchers at a host French university, where they have the opportunity to meet French colleagues, to organize and participate in conferences, and to interact with French graduate and doctoral students in their discipline. Grantees will teach courses at the postgraduate level, undertake research, and organize and participate in conferences and seminars related to their area of expertise.

This award is financed jointly by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Franco-American Commission.

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The Distinguished Chair award is attributed for a year or a semester. Up to two grant recipients can be selected.

The Distinguished Chair recipient commits to:

- Giving two weekly classes/seminars during the semester or a total of 60 hours per semester over a minimum of 12 weeks

- Giving at least three conferences per semester outside of the host institution of which at least one will be destined to a general non academic audience.

- Contributing to student counseling and guidance in the host institution.

- Evaluating the work of students attending proposed classes/seminars.

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€6,500 per month if in Paris. If outside Paris, between €6,100 per month and €6,300 per month depending on location. Additional travel allowance of €1,200.

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Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair current call for applications:

American applications for the 2019-2020 awards must be submitted by August 1, 2018.

Starting date:  from September 2019 (1st semester) or January 2020 (2nd semester)

Length of stay:  1 semester

Applicants to the Distinguished Chair Award must submit an application through IIE. Prospective host institutions must fill out the Distinguished Chair Host Form, which applicants must then upload to their online application.

Further instructions in French to prospective institutions may be found at: 

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