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The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant Call For Applicants Is Now Open !

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant call for applicants for the year 2015 is now open: http://www.frenchculture.org/ben-franklin-grant-apply/

Complete applications must be submitted by March 13th 2015, 12pm (EST)

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant targets outstanding Sophomore, Junior & Senior students who have a specific academic or professional project that they want to accomplish in France (studies, internship, specific visits…) and who are enrolled in an American university in a double major including one major in French.

Benjamin Franklin fellows are selected through a merit-based competition by a selection committee. Since its beginning in 2013, 52 students from across the world have been able to discover France through this unique program.

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant:

   - Provides successful candidates with a stipend of $900, to support their travel to France.   - Gives selected candidates the possibility to travel to France according to their academic and professional projects (studies, internship, specific visits…)   - Offers selected students the opportunity to access the network of Benjamin Franklin Alumni.


Candidates must have reached their 18th birthday before departure.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in an American University as sophomore, junior or senior students.

Candidates must be enrolled in a double major program combining a major in French and a major in another discipline in an American University when applying. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.

Mobility period: 90 days max or, if for more than 90 days, the student is responsible for applying for a visa.

French citizens are not eligible.


Step 1: Eligibility check

Each application will be checked by the Benjamin Franklin management team. Incomplete or hand written applications received by mail won’t be considered eligible.

Step 2: Evaluation

All eligible applications are evaluated by a panel of expert. Evaluation criteria are listed below.

Step 3: Selection

The candidates' applications and their scholars' recommendations are then reviewed by a final selection committee. The Jury will be held at the end of March

The criteria taken into account include:

   - Academic Excellence of the candidate, based on the GPA and recommendation letters   - Beneficial effects of the trip to France   - Student's motivation   - French Proficiency, based on the French professor recommendation letter.


  1. 1. Application deadline: March 13th 2015, 12pm (EST)
  2. 2. Selection process : End of March
  3. 3. Publication of results on the website and by e-mail to the laureates : Early April

For any further information visit our FAQ page or contact the Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant coordinator: benfranklin.travel.grant@gmail.com