Regional programs

Grand Est

The region welcomes candidates in all disciplines (science and technology, life sciences and health, social sciences, and the humanities).


Research projects that focus on digital, industrial, and environmental/energy transition – areas of great potential for development in the region – are particularly appreciated.

2-4 grants awarded

3-12 months in the Grand Est region

Starting date : from September 2023

The Grand Est region (made up of the former regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine) has a strategic position in the heart of Europe, sharing a border with four countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland). The Grand Est region is home to is home to five universities, 50 grandes écoles, six "competitiveness clusters," 11 research organizations, 180 laboratories, and 21 doctoral schools. Its largest cities are Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Reims, Metz, Nancy, Troyes, and Châlons-en-Champagne.

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Grand Est Regional Council

The region's universities include:

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€3,000 per month (approx. $3,300) per month depending on the city of placement. Additional €1,200 €3,000 per month (approx. $1,300) travel allowance for grantee only. 

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Do I have to speak French?
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French language ability should be commensurate with the requirements of the project.

Many host institutions offer language courses.

We prefer candidates who intend to improve their French language skills.

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Application deadline is September 15, 2022. 

The application process is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information and to apply, please consult the IIE's program page.

If you have not already established ties with a host institution in the region and are planning to solicit the required letter of invitation, click here for an electronic letter in PDF format from the Franco-American Commission explaining to potential hosts what the program is, how it is funded, and what the requirements for hosting would be.

Contact person: Charlotte Goodwin, Program Officer - US Grantees,

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About Grand Est
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Conduct research at any university or research center in the Grand Est region of France. Major cities include: Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Reims, Metz, Nancy, Troyes, Châlons-en-Champagne.

The region is well-known for its strong emphasis on research and innovation. The University of Strasbourg is one of the few universities to have been awarded the competitive “Initiatives of Excellence” label from the French government. The University of Lorraine and other institutions of higher education and research make up a prestigious I-SITE (nationally-funded research cluster) with an overall focus on how engineering can address major social and economic challenges.

For a map of Grand Est, see the following link. For more information about Grand Est, see the Regional Council website and this short video (in English). Grantees are expected to reside in Grand Est for the duration of the award.

Grand Est is home to champagne and other famous wines, and is known for its local cuisine, natural beauty (mountain ranges and forests), sites of historical importance (including Reims Cathedral and First World War memorials in Verdun), museums, and charming timbered houses. Grand Est is the only part of France to border four European countries: Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

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