US Scholar Program

Thomas Jefferson Fund

For professors or researchers with a mid- to long-term position at an American university or research institution

Up to 9 grants awarded for two-year collaborative projects


The Thomas Jefferson Fund is a program sponsored by the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation to support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research that addresses the most pressing global challenges.

Up to nine grants will provide $20,000 over two years to each selected projects.

Applications are accept­ed in the three following fields: Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Science for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-SSH projects).

The Thomas Jefferson Fund aims to encourage and support innovative research of the highest quality and new collaborations, and especially seeks to support projects involving young researchers (post-docs, PhDs). Projects involving important transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, the organization of workshops or conferences, the publication of joint articles will receive the highest priority.

Projects must be submitted jointly by scientists in the United States and France.

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Applications for the current grant cycle are due on February 24, 2022. Successful projects will be launched in September/October 2022.

The application process is administered by the Higher Education Department of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the FACE Foundation. You may access the online application through the following website:

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Questions about the Thomas Jefferson Fund may be addressed to

Download the program flyer (in English) here.

The Thomas Jefferson Fund website has further details about the program and application procedure:


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