International education is an area particularly impacted by the global health crisis. Students had to interrupt ongoing travel to return home in March, all programs for the spring and summer terms were cancelled. The same applies to student exchange programs in fall 2020. As the focus necessarily swifts towards domestic politics, international collaboration needs to be redesigned and adapted to the ongoing pandemic and its aftermath.
The Transitioning to Virtual Exchange Covid-19 Relief Fund launched by the FACE Foundation in collaboration with the French Embassy in the U.S. and the U.S. Embassy in France aims at supporting French-American collaborations and preparing for the post-pandemic when international travel resumes. Different needs and opportunities have been identified, ranging from a bottom up call for proposal to structural trainings facilitating the creation of high impact initiatives.
Join a LinkedIn Group dedicated to finding partners for virtual exchange. You can post your search and other members of the group can respond to you directly. The higher education attachés of the French Embassy in the U.S. will try to assist you as well.
We are very happy to talk with you prior to the submission to assist you in addressing the necessary proposal elements effectively.
Send requests for consultation to: Katrin.Gebhard@diplomatie.gouv.fr