The Center for French and Francophone Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Term: Summer

Provides support to students pursuing research in France or a francophone country or region during the summer between their junior and senior years

The Center for French and Francophone Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce the CFFS Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support students majoring in the humanities or the social sciences pursuing research in France or a francophone country or region during the summer between their junior and senior years. Resources permit fellowships of up to $1500 to two juniors.

Applicants must be juniors at Columbia University. They should plan to do research in preparation for writing a senior thesis. Their research can be in any discipline of the humanities and the social sciences and must relate to France or the francophone world. Students do not have to major or concentrate in French but should have be proficient in French (i.e. completed at least Intermediary II or equivalent). Additionally, the project must include a research trip to a francophone region to be completed in the summer.


Four copies of the proposal should be submitted to the designated box in the Department of French and Romance philology office (521 Philosophy Hall). The application consists of a research proposal, a one-page detailed budget of the expected expenses and a one-page resume or C.V.

The proposal must articulate the following in no more than four double-spaced pages:

  • The purpose of the project and its significance to French and Francophone studies;
  • The particular skills, experience, and expertise the applicant brings to the project;
  • A description of the research questions and methodology;
  • A description of the exact research sites the student is planning to visit (libraries, archives, ethnographical fieldwork).

Lastly, students should contact a potential senior thesis adviser who should send a brief letter of support for the project. The letter should be sent as an email to with the name of the student and mention of the CCFS Fellowship in the subject line.

Questions concerning this research fellowship may be addressed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Thomas Dodman (

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Fellowships, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Study Abroad/Foreign Language, Summer Opportunity

Dates & Deadlines

Summer 2020 Deadline TBD; All materials must be received by 4:00 pm on the deadline provided.