Since the early 1990s, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) has established five endowment funds with leading American universities :
- University of California at Berkeley
- University of Chicago
- Stanford University
- University of Texas at Austin
The income generated by these endowment funds and any additional funding is used to support scientific collaborations between French research and teaching institutions and these partner universities. Each year, calls for projects are launched and funding is granted to the selected cooperation projects. Mobility grants for students or researchers are also awarded and financial support may be provided for the organisation of scientific symposia or cultural events related to France.
In addition to these five bilateral funds, the Alliance programme and the Thomas Jefferson Fund are also available. The first is a partnership between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions (Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and Université Panthéon Sorbonne), which aims in particular to facilitate academic exchanges. The second offers financial support to promising young researchers to foster Franco-American cooperation in the fields of science, the humanities and sciences for society.
The dates of the calls for applications are announced on the website of the Science and Technology Service.
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