Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fellowship is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, using a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.


For STEM Applicants, the eligibility requirements are:

  • You must be currently working on your PhD
  • You must be a registered in an American university (US citizenship is not required)
  • All STEM and Health research topics are eligible
  • Research should be performed in a French laboratory (university, engineering school, public research laboratory...)
  • 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
  • Co-sponsorship by a candidate’s American university or French host institution is encouraged

For Humanities and Social Applicants, the eligibility requirements are:

  • Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.
  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. However, French citizens are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of agreement from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please be in touch with your supervisor in France as early as possible. The history of the research relationship will be taken into account in the review process.

Period of Study

For STEM Applicants:

The fellowship in France for the 2023-2024 academic year must start between September 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024.

There are three types of fellowships for Humanities and Social Science Applicants:

  • Fall Fellowship: 4 months, starts October 1st.
  • Spring Fellowship: 4 months, starts February 1st.
  • Year-long Fellowship: 8 months, starts October 1st.


  • Monthly allowance (up to 1400 euros/month, depending on other sources of funding)
  • Round trip ticket to France
  • Support for health insurance abroad


In order to access and complete the electronic application, please follow the steps below.

  1. Create an account
  2. Read the guidelines
  3. Sign in with the user name and password sent to you via email.
  4. Complete the application and upload the necessary attachments (Note that you can save your application as you go and return to complete it at a later time).
  5. Submit your completed application. You will not be able to change your data after final submission.
  6. Make sure that you receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.


Applications are typically due in Early January, and the application portal will typically open in October. Specific Deadlines are available on the Chateaubriand Fellowship Website.


Class Year

  • Doctorate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM


  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Research


  • Europe

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