Fulbright Program France┋Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair

The award aims to reinforce collaborative research between the United States and France in all fields of study. Grantees are invited as guest teachers and researchers at a French host university, where they have the opportunity to meet with French colleagues, to organize and participate in conferences and to interact with French graduate and doctoral students in their area of expertise. Grantees will teach courses at the postgraduate and doctoral level, undertake research and help organize and participate in conferences and seminars related to their area of expertise.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is a public diplomacy initiative designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities.

Grants may begin any time after January 2019.

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines

Host institution may facilitate housing.


French public universities, university consortia and other French institutions of higher learning or any institution affiliated with the Conference of the University Presidents (CPU) or the Conference of Engineering Schools (CDEFI).

Application Requirements

In lieu of a letter of invitation, it is required that the potential host institution complete a "host institution invitation form" on behalf of the candidate. The form is available on the Franco-American Commission's website.

Teaching language is to be decided with the host institution. French language fluency commensurate with the nature of the project is required. When applicable, applicants should submit Part One (self-evaluation) of the Language Proficiency Report.

Applicant Profile

  • Open to U.S. academics only
  • Recognition as a scholar and teacher with rank of associate or full professor is required.

Additional Comments

The Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair was offered for the first time in 2005, marking the bicentennial of the birth of Alexis de Tocqueville, the notable French historian, politician and author of "Democracy in America."


€6,500 per month in Paris and from €6,100 to €6,300 depending on location outside of Paris. There is no allocation for accompanying dependents. Applicants are responsible for finding their own housing, although some host institutions may facilitate the process. The Euraxess network can also help with housing and local logistics.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance

International travel allowance provided for grantee only. All research scholars receive a travel allowance of €1,200.

Special Award Benefits

Visa fees will be waived for Fulbright grantees and their accompanying dependents.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. In most cases, dependent housing and living allowances will not be provided to Flex grantees. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2018-2019 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

Application date
12 Sep 2017
6 months
Europe France North-East North-West Paris Île-de-France South-East South-West
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science 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 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to € 6.500/month + travel allowance