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Transatlantic Mobility Program


What are the proposals’ criteria?
In addition to the program requirements, proposals that seek to achieve the following will be viewed very favorably:

  • Lead to sustainable growth in the numbers of U.S. students going to France.
  • Build on existing or propose development of new international partnerships with French institutions.
  • Develop short or long-term programs (long-term is strongly encouraged), with participating students receiving some level of academic credit.
  • Integrate strong academic cultural foundations.
  • Address inclusion and diversity in study abroad convincingly, to ensure study abroad access to underserved/ underrepresented populations.
  • Show institution’s commitment to keep funding and scholarship opportunities to France available once the funding from grant had been used and/ or the program has ended.

How will the Embassy of France select the programs that will receive funds?

  • The Embassy of France will review the finalists with a jury of Embassy of France, NAFSA, and APLU staff in late June.
  • The Embassy of France reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

If funded, what is the start date of our program?
There is no start date, other than sometime within the Fall 2020-Summer 2021 timeframe. We want to see U.S. students going to France as soon as possible; Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 is ideal, but Summer 2021 is also acceptable. Funds will be distributed to selected institutions by August 2020. We expect schools to spend most funds by early 2021 and for institutions to show some increase in the students studying abroad in France in 2021.

May proposals include programs based in Overseas French Territories?

Are satellite campus(es) of US universities (in France) considered as eligible partners?
No, partners must be French Higher Education institutions. 

May two or more U.S. universities or colleges collaborate on a single proposal?
Yes. Proposals may involve more than one U.S. institution, but one institution must be designated the prime applicant responsible and accountable for implementing the proposed program and for receiving funds from the Embassy. Grant allocation cannot be split between two U.S. schools.

What is the duration of the funding? Is it considered a 1-year project?
The funding is a one-time grant allocation; however, the proposal is not viewed as a one-year project. We want to see institutions use the funds to create a study abroad program that is sustainable with good, long-term growth prospects.

What is the 1:1 cost matching?
Yes, The Transatlantic Mobility Program cannot represent more than 50% of your total budget, but it can be less.

Are personnel costs acceptable as part of the 1:1 cost share the Embassy is seeking?
Yes, personnel costs are acceptable as part of the cost share. However, these costs should not take up the majority of the project budget.

Is it acceptable to list faculty training/involvement in the budget to encourage U.S. students to study in France?
Yes, it is possible to list faculty training/involvement in the budget, but proposals would therefore need to demonstrate expected results in increased number of students in France as a result of faculty training/involvement.

Can travel grants be used for French students coming to the U.S.?
No, the funding of this program is focused in the sending of U.S. students to France only.

Is there an acceptable student travel award amount that the Embassy would prefer?
Student travel award amounts are left to the institution’s discretion, but a suggested range would be between $1,000 and $1,500.

Does the Embassy have a preference regarding whether we propose short-term vs. semester vs. dual degree programs?
Longer-term programs are strongly encouraged, where possible.

Is there a preference regarding undergraduate or graduate student involvement?
No preference.

May two individuals share the responsibility for implementation and reporting by the institution?
Yes, if that is how your institution wishes to organize the program.

Are appendices allowed to be included?
Yes, appendices (e.g., a letter of support from a French Institution, detailed project, detailed budgets) can be included in the project proposal, but will have to be sent along with the application format. All appendices must be in English