1.1 | Objectives and Scope
Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund (PUF) is dedicated to amplifying the potential of the brightest French and American scholars by supporting educational and research partnerships between higher education institutions in both countries.
Applicants are expected to develop new or deepened partnerships through intense collaboration.
1.2 | Eligibility
Only French and American not-for-profit institutions of higher education and/or research may submit applications to the Fund.
Institutions must be accredited by the relevant authorities (typically, ministries in France, accredited agencies, or regional authorities in the United States). Not-for-profit research institutions that are not officially linked to universities, such as the National laboratories in the United States, or EPST (Etablissement Public à Caractère Scientifique et Technologique) in France, may also apply to PUF. Other organizations, sponsors, companies, universities from other countries may be part of the project, but will not be funded by the Partner University Fund. Only the lead institutions are allowed to receive grants from PUF.
Project proposals MUST be in the field of the Humanities.
PUF and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation define the Humanities as those academic disciplines that study the human condition through the experience of human subjects, both individual and collective, using methods of analysis and interpretation that characterize much of the work in such academic fields as classics, history, art history, literature, musicology, and philosophy—which is to say, fields that are commonly distinguished from the natural and social sciences by the breadth and variety of perspectives they mobilize, by the assertion of moral and aesthetic values that they ascribe to humanity, and by their insistence on framing statistical analyses of empirical data with narrative accounts of human experience.
Examples of the fields or disciplines embraced by the Humanities include the study of ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, the visual arts, the performing arts (music, theater, film, dance), as well as some dimensions of anthropology, area studies, communication studies, cultural studies, and linguistics.
In cases in which the lines separating the Humanities and the social sciences are blurred, the final selection committee will determine which laureate projects are eligible for the higher level of funding enabled by the grant from the Mellon Foundation.
Projects must be submitted jointly by the partnering institutions. A Letter of Intent from the President, Chancellor, Head of the International Relations Office, Provost, or any comparable representative must be submitted by each institution, together with the application form. The letter template is available for download on the PUF website. The letter will confirm that the applying institutions meet PUF eligibility criteria.
These documents are mandatory and must be submitted online by March 13th, 2016 (Midnight, EST). Projects that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be submitted for evaluation
1.3 | Composition of a PUF Partnership
PUF supports partnerships between American and French institutions. Each partnership must be led by one project leader at each institution. These 2 people will be responsible for planning, implementing and coordinating the partnership.
1.4 | Eligible Activities
Partnerships must focus on advancing both research and education. They may develop the following areas :
- Faculty, postdoctoral, student mobility and exchanges
- Joint research initiatives
- Joint classes and curricula
- Creation of joint and dual Master and PhD degrees
PUF supports partnerships developed in the field of the Humanities.
1.5 | Nature of Exchanges
The PUF Grant Review Committee encourages partnerships that incorporate an equivalent number of students and faculty and create balanced exchanges between the French and American partner institutions throughout the project. These exchanges may take place through virtual learning experiences or physical faculty, student, and researcher exchanges.
1.6 | Duration of Financial Support
PUF offers grantees an annual grant that is renewable for a total of three years, and is subject to a renewal process each year. A concise statement on the planned evolution of the partnership over the 3 years is included in the application form, to allow for monitoring and evaluation.