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France-Berkeley Fund Call for Projects

Established in 1993 as a partnership with the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, the France-Berkeley Fund supports and promotes scholarly collaboration in all disciplines between the University of California and public research centers and institutions of higher learning in France.

The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by a tenured or tenure-track professor or a permanent researcher at UC Berkeley or UC Davis (postdocs are generally not eligible to apply), and a professor or permanent researcher at a public research institution or institution of higher learning in France.

Faculty and researchers may apply for up to $12,000 in seed funding for bi-national collaborations in all fields of study (Applied Sciences, Engineering, Exact Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences) as well as Professional Schools.
Funded projects may begin between July 1 and December 31, 2019, and must be completed within one year of their start date.

FBF Grant Cycle Timeline

  • January 31: Grant proposals due
  • February-May: Proposals reviewed
  • mid-June: New grantees announced
  • July-December: Funded projects begin

How to apply

STEP 1: To get started, download and read our application guidelines for detailed information on France-Berkeley Fund awards and eligibility. You may need to download Adobe Reader to view PDF documents.

STEP 2: Compile the supporting materials requested below into two separate files (one in English, one in French), in MS Word or PDF format, in the following order:

  • Cover sheet (.docx or PDF)
  • Project proposal (3 pages max), including references, a timetable for completion, and a description of how the project contributes to scientific knowledge and research methods within the applicants’ fields, the nature of the collaboration proposed, the involvement of junior scholars (detailing their names and roles in the project), and the proposed impact of the collaboration, both in scientific terms and institutionally. NOTE: This description must be in French in the French file, and in English in the English file.
  • Letter of intent (1 page max), signed by both project coordinators, indicating their commitment to collaborate and to observe the project timeline and calendar of expenses. This letter can be either in French or in English; a translation is not necessary, but it must be included in both files.
  • Project budget (1 page max) indicating a breakdown of expenses by category (airfare, lodging, etc.) and other sources of funding (potential and actual). The same document may be used in both files (French and English).
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages max) of each project coordinator. CVs can be either in French or in English, but must be included in both files.
  • ***For UC Davis applicants only***: Letters (2) confirming cost-sharing support from the Office of Sponsored Programs and the applicant's home department. For more information, please contact Ahmad Hakim-Elahi:

To assist our office, please save documents with the following file names:
[UC PI last name]-[French PI last name]-FBF2019-ENG
[UC PI last name]-[French PI last name]-FBF2019-FR

STEP 3: Fill out our online application form and upload all supporting PDFs before submitting your application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Please contact Program Manager Julia Nelsen ( with any questions.

Application date
31 Jan 2019
America United States Pacific Europe France Paris Île-de-France South-East South-West North-West North-East
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 5 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to US$ 12.000