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There are over 25,000 Alumni of the Teaching Assistant Program in France in the U.S. alone. This is a formidable network of francophones, francophiles, and international professionals. Graduate schools are recruiting TAPIF alumni and offering generous scholarships to support you as you continue your international professional and academic career. 

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TAPIF Graduate School Scholarships

Graduate schools preparing the next generation of global professionals recognize the value of language proficiency and intercultural competency. TAPIF has partnered with a select group of prestigious and generous graduate programs in the U.S. that have launched scholarship and fellowship opportunities for TAPIF Alumni. 


Columbia University in Paris MA in History and Literature TAPIF Opportunity 

Columbia University's MA Program in History and Literature at the University's Paris campus is a one-year MA program. The University offers an application fee waiver for TAPIF alumni applicants, and three fellowships annually for top admitted TAPIF alumni MA candidates. Fellowships will cover between 25% and 50% of tuition fees. In addition, the most qualified TAPIF alumni applicants will be awarded an additional $2,000 stipend to help defray living expenses during the program in Paris.  

Please contact the program administration for more information and to apply. 


MIIS-TAPIF Scholarship

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is a graduate school creating the next generation of global changemakers. MIIS degree programs emphasize deep collaborative learning, cultural and linguistic immersion, and practical professional skills. Degree programs include business, international policy and development, translation and interpretation, localization, public administration, language teaching, and more. 

TAPIF Alumni accepted to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies will receive a $10,000 per year guaranteed scholarship for the duration of the graduate program. Application fees are waived for all TAPIF alumni.


Middlebury Language Schools-TAPIF Scholarship

Middlebury Language Schools have partnered with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to provide scholarships for our French MA degrees to qualified alumni in recognition of their commitment to language and cross-cultural exchange. As a TAPIF alumnus/a, you are eligible for our need-based graduate financial aid and an application fee waiver. Our financial aid is awarded in the form of grants, not loans. This means that if you qualify, you will attend the Language Schools at a reduced or no cost.

Depending on your demonstrated financial need and degree track, you are eligible to receive up to $38,000 to pursue an MA in French (campuses in Vermont and in Paris).

UW-Madison PFMP-TAPIF Scholarship 

The University of Wisconsin Professional French Masters Program’s (PFMP) trains students to apply advanced proficiency in French language and Francophone culture to a variety of professional concentration areas, including business, education, media, arts and cultural production, European Union Affairs, and international development. 

UW-Madison provides up to five of the most academically promising admitted applicants who have worked as teaching assistants in France with a scholarship of $4,000 per academic year, or one third of tuition. Application fees are waived for all TAPIF alumni. 

NYU IFS TAPIF Scholarship Award

Students of NYU's Institute of French Studies  M.A. program  examine the French and the French-speaking world in French and in English through multiple disciplinary lenses: history, sociology, political science, anthropology, cultural analysis, and more. M.A. students go on to careers in a variety in fields including the Foreign Service, journalism, humanitarian assistance, immigration law, primary and secondary education, translation, international business. Each year, some M.A. students choose to continue on to Ph.D. programs in history, anthropology, French, linguistics, or politics.

NYU’s IFS reserves some of its most generous fellowships to top TAPIF alumni pursuing an M.A. in French Studies. These fellowships cover between 75% and 100% of tuition costs (currently approximately $37,500 to $50,000). Top former TAPIF alumni will also receive $3,000 summer scholarship during the program’s summer session in Paris.

NYU Doctoral TAPIF Opportunities

The Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture at NYU is part of a network of intellectual sites grouped within the Center for French Civilization and Culture. The Center branches into the University's four significant spheres of activity in French Studies: the Department, the Institute of French Studies, NYU Paris, and La Maison Française. These form the most comprehensive American academic complex devoted to the culture of France, past and present.

NYU would like to encourage qualified former TAPIF participants to study in one of our two doctoral programs: the PhD in French Literature, Thought and Culture, and the Joint degree with the Institute of French Studies.

Both PhD programs are fully funded for 5 years with a financial package that includes: all tuition, health insurance, an annual stipend (currently $27,526), additional guaranteed summer funding of $5000 per year through years 1-3, the probability of a 6th year stipend, and remuneration for any teaching that is undertaken (typically $16,128 in each of years 2 and 3 of the program).

NYU allocates, in addition to this financial package, a $3,000 scholarship to be paid as start-up funds to former TAPIF participants who are accepted on one of our PhD programs. Please contact the department directly for more information on this opportunity.


Penn State University TAPIF Alumni Scholarship

The Department of French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University is recruiting outstanding candidates for advanced study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Department of French and Francophone Studies, in conjunction with Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, will offer a $4,000 “TAPIF Scholarship” to a promising former TAPIF participant who is accepted to and enrolled in the graduate program in French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. The awardee meeting these criteria will be awarded a $4,000 scholarship in their first semester in the program. In addition, a $2,000 top-off awarded will be added to the annual stipend in years 1-5 of the awardee’s graduate program. To be eligible for this scholarship, the awardee must be enrolled full-time and continuously in the program and be meeting program criteria for satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Penn State’s French and Francophone Studies graduate program is unique for its long-established Ph.D. specializations in Literature and Culture and Society and an interdisciplinary orientation. Three dual degree options include Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (a top-ranked department nationally), African Studies, and Visual Studies.

Applicants must submit all of the required application materials to the Department of French and Francophone Studies. ​The application fee is waived for any TAPIF alumni. To access the fee waiver, applicants should email Professor Jean Claude Vuillemin, Director of Graduate Studies at jcv1@psu.edu. The deadline for submission of applications is January 15, 2019. 


UM TAPIF Alumni Opportunity

An M.A. in Modern Languages with a specialization in French gives graduates a high proficiency in communicative skills and a deep awareness of cultures in the French-speaking world. The degree prepares students for a teaching career at a variety of levels as well as doctoral work in the discipline.

The University of Mississippi offers full tuition waivers and paid graduate assistantships (up to $10,500 per academic year) to up to three academically promising TAPIF alumni each year. Please contact the department directly for more information on this opportunity.


UVA TAPIF Alumni Opportunity

The Department of French at the University of Virginia comprises a diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of scholars: 16 graduate faculty and 3 affiliated faculty, 22 funded graduate students, and nearly 100 undergraduate majors.  Emphasizing interdisciplinary, global, and transhistorical approaches, our graduate program fosters complex and challenging ways of thinking about French and Francophone literatures and cultures, strongly grounded in poetical, textual, visual, and historical analysis.

We welcome applications from former and current TAPIF participants and will waive their application fee (contact avo2n@virginia.edu for information).  Applicants admitted into our PhD program receive full funding for 5 years (including all tuition, health insurance, and a stipend of $24,000 per year); an additional $5,000 start-up fellowship will be awarded to at least one qualified TAPIF alumnus/a who is accepted.

Our application deadline in 2018 is January 15th. TAPIF participants and alumni/ae must submit their application, personal statement, and writing sample by that date; letters of recommendation and transcripts must arrive by January 22.


UMN TAPIF Fellowship Award

The UMN Department of French and Italian is internationally recognized for interdisciplinary research reflecting the long tradition and current concerns of French aesthetics, philosophy, literature, and culture, with particular attention to the intersections with Italian studies, moving image studies, medieval studies, theater and poetry, Mediterranean studies, and the Francophone world. Most graduates work in higher education, some transition into fields such as secondary-school teaching, publishing, and information management, architecture, and more.

UMN will offer $10,000 TAPIF Fellowships to the two most academically promising former TAPIF participants who are accepted to and enroll in the graduate program of the Department of French and Italian.

Tulane -TAPIF Alumni Application Waiver and Available Funding

French-Tulane would like to encourage qualified former Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) participants to apply to and enroll in the PhD program in French Studies at Tulane University. Application fees will be waived for up to 10 TAPIF participants and alumni each year. 

The PhD program is fully funded for 5 years for students entering with a BA degree (4 years for students entering with an MA). The stipend includes full tuition remission (worth $52,855 in 2018-19) and a fellowship (currently $21,537).  Students admitted to the program will be on service-free fellowship during their first and last years of study, and on teaching assistantships during the years in between. Besides the stipend, students receive 50% of the cost of the Tulane-sponsored student medical insurance plan. They also have the opportunity to apply for summer research funding through the Beth Poe Travel Grant (currently worth $5000) and the Summer Merit Fellowship Award (up to $5000), and for conference travel grants during the school year of up to $1750 annually (through the GSSA Fund, the Land Fund and the Alfred Mercier and Lafcadio Hearn Travel Grants).

Contact the Tulane Department of French and Italian directly to apply and for information on the TAPIF Alumni Fee Waiver 

FACC's American Trainees in France program

The French-American Chamber of Commerce provides tools and resources to assist young Americans seeking employment in France, and connects French-based companies in recruiting top American candidates. For more information.

Other Relevant Graduate Study Opportunities 

Columbia University in Paris: MA in History and Literature 

University of Maryland: Graduate Studies in Interpreting & Translation

Job Opportunities

Visit our job opportunities page for job postings in all fields relevant to former Assistants.

Check out job and internship opportunities with the French Embassy and French Consulates.

Also, see the frenchculture.org jobs board for French teaching positions.