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Centers of Excellence

A number of Universities throughout the United States have been selected as French Embassy Centers of Excellence. They will receive recurring financial support and yearly project-based support to fund a wide variety of activities and research. Starting in 2013, a steering committee of independent French and American personalities from the world of higher education will examine proposals for new membership on a yearly basis.

Though the nature of the Centers can vary according to their geographical, institutional and historical positions, a few conditions define them.


• A "critical mass" of high level academics and researchers
• A well-identified structure (mostly based on existing structures)
• A clear research and /or academic agenda
• A reasonable stability of funding and operating conditions over time
• A high level of international visibility and scientific connectivity


The network of French Embassy Centers of Excellence, housed at major research universities (2019 members listed below), enhances the stature of France within European Union studies; promotes France-US relations through interdisciplinary teaching programs; encourages public-private and research partnerships with France; and innovates in the realm of outreach activities to encourage student interest in France.

The Centers support the Embassy of France’s efforts in University cooperation by identifying and integrating existing research and teaching activities connected with France in their institutions, and establishing a framework through which these and other activities related to France can be facilitated and promoted.


Columbia University | Cornell University | Brown University | Dartmouth College | Duke University | Georgetown University | George Washington University | Harvard University | Johns Hopkins University | Louisiana State University | New York University | Northwestern University | Princeton University | Texas A&M | University of California Los Angeles | University of Florida | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign | University of Southern California | University of Texas at Austin | Yale University | University of Wisconsin at Madison | Webster University


Centers of Excellence can find below the list of documents required for the 2019 Annual Subsidy and Call for Proposals :

Annual Subsidy
- Annual Agreement (please call us to receive this document);
- 2018 Annual Subsidy Budget Report;
- 2019 Annual Subsidy Provisional Budget;
- Bank Information.

Call for Proposals :
- Application Form;
- 2018 Project Budget Report;
- 2019 Project Provisional Budget;
- Letter of request (in which the head of department expresses his/her support to the project and request financial support to Bénédicte de Montlaur);
- 2018 Project Report (a one page document describing activites organized with the received financial support).