Quick Facts
Eligibility Requirements
Selection Criteria
Contact Information

The Chateaubriand Fellowships are grants offered by the Embassy of France in the United States.

Every year, the Fellowships allow students enrolled in American universities—Ph.D. candidates—to conduct research in a French research institution (public or private) for a six to nine month period.

This program has two main goals:

  • To allow American researchers to benefit from an experience in France
  • To develop cooperation between France and the United States

Fellows receive allowances of €1,400 a month, a round-trip ticket to France, and health insurance for the duration of the grant.

See detailed information on the Chateaubriand website.

Applications will be open online during November and December for internships beginning from September to March.

Quick Facts

The Chateaubriand Fellowships

  • Field of Study: All scientific, humanities, and social sciences fields
  • Type: Doctoral
  • Place of Study: France
  • Award: Stipend of €1,400 /month, plus health insurance, round trip airfare
  • MIT Deadline: Mid-November
  • National Deadline: Mid-December (Humanities and Social Sciences); Late-January (Sciences)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Not be a French Citizen
  • Be enrolled at a U.S. university or laboratory
  • Completing a Ph.D. (a year from presenting your thesis)
  • Have an agreement with a French laboratory or university

Selection Criteria

  • Résumé
  • A 3-5 page research proposal. The proposal may be written in French or English.
  • Transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • A recommendation letter from your advisor(s) in the U.S.
  • An invitation letter from a professor in France.


Visit the Chateaubriand website for details and the application form.

Applications must be uploaded on the official website and emailed to the Embassy. Complete applications include the following materials:

  • Completed application (online)
  • Precise area of research you will conduct in France (online)
  • Recommendation Letter(s) from advisors (online)
  • Transcripts (online)
  • A written agreement from the French hosting institution (email)
  • Résumé (email)


MIT Process


  • Meet with a distinguished fellowships advisor. Appointments can be made by emailing or by visiting the Distinguished Fellowships Office in E39-305.
  • Send email to to be added to the mailing list for information about upcoming workshops, fellowship deadlines, etc.
  • Develop your research project plan.
  • Line up faculty members who will write your recommendations.


  • Draft your research proposal.
  • Review and revise your application.
  • Seek the advice of faculty, staff, and fellow students to increase the strength of your application. Staff in the Distinguished Fellowships Office will provide feedback.
  • Provide your referees with all the information they need to supply a letter of recommendation.
  • Sign up for a campus interview by emailing

December 8            

  • Copy of application is due to MIT, E39-305.

National Process

Mid-December or late-January            

  • Applications due to French Embassy.


  • Application committee makes decisions and notifies recipients.

Contact Information

MIT Representatives             

Kimberly Benard
Assistant Director, Distinguished Fellowships
Global Education
MIT Room E39-365
Tel: 617-253-4378
Molly Schneider
Program Manager, MIT-France Program
MIT Room E40-421
tel.: 617-253-8813

General Information

Embassy of France
Bourse Chateaubriand/ SCAC
4101 Reservoir Rd.
Washington D.C. 20007
Tel:(202) 944-6121
Fax:(202) 944-6268
Official fellowship site