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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Université de Jussieu, Paris, France


There will be no new call for proposals for the Partner University Fund.

Instead, we invite you to visit the Thomas Jefferson Fund page, a program to support new collaborations and the most innovative projects between promising young researchers in France and the United States.


History of the Partner University Fund

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.

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.


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.




French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Department




FACE Foundation

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