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Supporting transatlantic partnerships around research and higher education.

Université de Jussieu, Paris, France


Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund is dedicated to amplifying the potential of the brightest French and American scholars by supporting transatlantic partnerships around research and higher education.

The program advances exceptional French and American educational and research partnerships in higher education and embraces multicultural contexts, interdisciplinary approaches, and the highest scientific and academic standards. Through enduring collaborations across the Atlantic, the Fund supports the intellectual legacies of both nations and propels them forward in a globalizing world.

The Partner University Fund is a program of FACE, the partner foundation of the French Embassy that strives to generate French-American collaboration in the arts, education, and cultural exchange. 

Both FACE and the Partner University Fund operate from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy headquarters in New York.

How it works

The program issues and administers a yearly call for proposals. It encourages collaborations across fields of study, among two or more American and French institutions, and supports training and research at Master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

Partnerships are selected annually by a Jury, composed of French and American academics. It is co-chaired by Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Christophe Laux, Professor of Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP).

To date, funded projects are distributed as follows:  
68 % - sciences, technology and engineering fields
27 % - humanities
5 % - business and law

42 American universities and 40 French institutions have received funding.


History of the Fund

During its first funding cycle, the Partner University Fund received 70 applications from 130 French and American universities and research institutes.  The enthusiastic response to the Fund underscored an intense desire on both sides of the Atlantic to build international research collaborations.

Interest in the program continues to grow. Since 2007, applications have risen 30%.  Over the past seven years, the Fund awarded 71 three-year grants in disciplines as diverse as business, law, earth sciences, and musicology.


PUF Governance

The steering committee is the governing board of PUF. It chooses members of the Grant Review Committee and approves the grants recommended by the committee.

Its permanent members are:

H.E. Gérard Araud
French Ambassador to the U.S.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilmers

Patrick R. Pagni
Chairman of the Board, FACE foundation


Grant Review Committee

Allan E. Goodman, PhD
President of the PUF Grant Review Committee
President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE)

Christophe Laux, PhD
President of the PUF Grant Review Committee
Professor of Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP)


Marc Aymes, PhD
Research Scholar in History of the Modern Eastern Mediterranean World at the CNRS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Patrick Bernier, PhD
Former Phyiscist and Program Officer at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

S. Hollis Clayson, PhD
Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University

Laurent Dubreuil, PhD
Professor of French, Francophone and Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Jean-Luc Nahel, PhD
Anthropologist and MD, Conférence des Présidents des Universités (CPU)

Patrick Louchouarn, PhD
Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (TAMUG)
Associate Provost (TAMU)



Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, Dr. Madeleine F. Green, Dr. Karen Holbrook, Dr. Thomas-Olivier Léautier, Dr. Cynthia Singleton, Dr. Jenifer Slimowitz Pearl, Dr. Phil Watts, Dr. Joseph Westphal.


PUF Team

The Partner University Fund is managed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York in close collaboration with the FACE foundation.

The PUF team is composed of:

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor, French Embassy, New York
Permanent Representative of French Universities in the U.S.
Tel: 212 439 1412

Caite Panzer
Director of Development and Communications
Tel: 212 439 1405

Léa Futschik
Higher Education Attaché
Executive Director, Partner University Fund
Tel: 212 439 1491




Tel: 212 439 1463



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