The Institut Français d’Amérique Fund Research Fellowships

Next Award Deadline: 15 February 2018

The Society for French Historical Studies offers two research fellowships (up to $1,500 per award) for maintenance during research in France for a period of at least one month.  Candidates should be working on PhD dissertations, or they should have received the PhD no longer than three years before the application deadline.  These awards are not for travel to or from France.  The proposed fields for research can include all areas of French historical and cultural studies.  These research fellowships are supported by "The Institut Français d’Amérique Fund" of the SFHS.

The two awards will be named in alternating years the Gilbert Chinard Fellowship or the Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship, for the first award, and the Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship or the Catherine Maley Fellowship, for the second award.  The Chinard/Rorison Fellowship will support research in all areas of French historical and cultural studies.  The Morot-Sir/Maley Fellowship will give preference to young scholars working in a broadly defined field of cultural history, art history, or literary studies.

The winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies. The award may not be shared. Please direct inquiries to the chair of the committee.

To apply: please submit the following as email attachments (word or PDF) to the chair of the committee:

1. Project Proposal: In no more than two pages (single-spaced), the applicant should outline the nature and scope of the project and the archives and libraries to be consulted;
2. Current Curriculum Vitae;
3. Two confidential letters of recommendation supporting the proposal. Reference letters may be sent to the chair of the committee electronically; make sure that the scanned copy is signed. Original letters via snail mail are also accepted.

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Committee Members:

Stéphane Gerson, Chair (2018)

Department of French
New York University
19 University Place, 625
New York, New York 10003 (USA)

Jeffrey Burson (2019)

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054 (USA)

Jennifer Boittin (2020, Western Society
for French History representative)

Department of French and Francophone Studies
Pennsylvania State University
326 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802 (USA)

Tamara Chaplin (2020)

Department of History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
309 Gregory Hall MC 466
810 South Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (USA)


Past Winners:

Research grants were not awarded in 2017
Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Kristen Stromberg ChildersTempleton Honors College at Eastern University, Seeking Imperialism's Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:

Hanna Roman, Vanderbilt University, "Narrating Nature’s Story: Style and the Reinvention of Nature in Buffon’s Histoire naturelle."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Catherine Viano, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Theater of Machines, Theater as Machine in Seventeenth-Century France."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, University of Southern California, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:
Nicole BauerUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "In the Kingdom of Shadows: Secrecy and Transparency in Pre-revolutionary France."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Research Fellowship:
Helen Dewar, University of Toronto, "Contested Delegations: Subjects, Sovereignty, and Law in the French Atlantic, 1598-1663."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Shana Cooperstein, McGill Universitiy, "Training the Mind: Post-Academic Drawing Pedagogy in Nineteenth Century France."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Michael Kwass, Johns Hopkins UniversityContraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:
Katherine GodwinUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Strategic Litigation: Legal Culture and Daily Life in Sixteenth-Century France."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Max Hantel, Rutgers University, "The Creolization of French Philosophy: Francophone Intellectuals in Paris, 1945-1965."

The Gilbert Chinard  Book Prize:
Dr. Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin-Madison,What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II Franc (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Stephanie McBride-Schreiner, Arizona State University, "Medicalizing Childhood: The Convergence of Medicine, Public Health, and Child Welfare in Nineteenth-Century France and Great Britain."
Christopher Tozzi, Johns Hopkins University, "'Savage’ Soldiers: Racial Miscegenation, Empire and French State-Building, 1668-1815."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Dr. Andrew Ross, Kenyon College, "The Pleasures of Paris: Sex and Urban Culture in the Nineteenth Century."

The Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Dr. Rebecca Scott and Dr. Jean Hebrard
, University of MichiganFreedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:

Dr. Julia OsmanMississippi State University, "The Citizen Army of Old Regime France."
Katie Jarvis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Politics in the Marketplace: The Popular Activism and Cultural Representation of the Dames des Halles during the French Revolution."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Katharine Wells, University of Southern California, "Tapestry and Tableau: Historical Revival, Medium Specificity, and the Marketing of Modernism."

The Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Brooke Blower, Boston UniversityBecoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Dr. Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame, "Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, 1701-1837."
Stephanie Tuerk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "L’Architecture Libre: The Institutional Formation of the Private Architect, 1863-1900."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Eliza Zingesser, Princeton University, "French Lyric, French Nation: Assimilating Occitan Literature in Northern France (1200-1400)."

The Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Ashli White, University of MiamiEncountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Dr. Jennifer Palmer, The University of Chicago, "An Ocean between Them: Race, Gender, and the Family in France and its Colonies."
Kelly Summers, Stanford University, "The Great Return: Reintegrating Emigrés in Republican France, 1794-1804."

Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship in Literature:
Dr. Laura J. Burch, Dominican University, "Matters of Conversation: The Material Book and the Articulation of Friendship in Madeleine de Scudery’s Conversations (1680-1692)."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Kathryn Marsden, University of California-Irvine, "Religion, Sexuality, and the Dechristianization: The Marriage of Nuns and Monks in the French Revolution."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Rachel Hope Cleves, University of Victoria, British ColumbiaThe Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:

Allison Fisher, Northwestern University, "Experimental Collectivity: Housing, Technology and Architectural Research in France, 1954-1978."

Chinard Book Prize:
Neil SafierUniversity of British ColumbiaMeasuring the New World:  Enlightenment Science and South America (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Natasha S. Naujoks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "French Patriotism and the Napoleonic Myth, 1814-1848."
Adrian O’Connor, University of Pennsylvania, "Republican Letters?: The ‘Education Question’ in Revolutionary France."

Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship in Literature:
Virginie Pouzet-Duzer, Duke University, "Proust, Valéry, and Gracq’s Notebooks:  Finding Writer’s First Impressions."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Vanessa Schwartz, University of Southern CaliforniaIt’s So French! Hollywood, Paris, and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:

Bethany S. KeenanUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Vietnam is Fighting for Us: French National Identity and the U.S.- Vietnam War, 1965-1973."
Jeannette E. Miller, Pennsylvania State University, "The French State’s Policies toward the Harkis from the End of the Algerian War to the Present: Shifts, Stagnations, and Contradictions."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Cecile AlduyStanford University, "Collecting Body Parts: A Critical Edition and Interpretive Study of the Blasons anatomiques du corps féminin (1536-1554)."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Leanne M. ZalewskiCity University of New York, "Crossing the Atlantic: The Careers of Bouguereau, Cabanel, Gérôme and Meissonier in Paris and New York."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Sally Sieloff Magnan, University of Wisconsin - Madison, "Enjeux et défis de l’enseignement du français langue étrangère en France et aux Etats-Unis."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
John D. GarrigusUniversity of Texas – ArlingtonBefore Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-Domingue, (Palgrave McMillan, 2006).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Alicia C. Levin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Seducing Paris: Piano Virtuosos and Artistic Identity."
Victoria N. Meyer, University of Virginia, "Inoculation of Smallpox in 18th Century France: Efficacy and Ethics."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Claudia Gotea, Pennsylvania State University, "Cocteau entre deux guerres: Le Potomak, Les Eugenes de la guerre, et La Fin du Potomak."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Corinne Etienne, University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Kelly Sax, Indiana University, "Teaching Stylistic Variation through Film."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Stacy ShiffA Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt, 2005).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Ophelia Eglene, State University of New York at Albany, "Explaining the Two-Tier European Union: The Politics of the Economic and Monetary Union in Britain and France."
Elizabeth Lapina, John Hopkins University, "The First Crusade in Medieval Art: Mural Paintings in the Church of St. Julien in Ponce-sur-le-Loire."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Mechèle LeonUniversity of Kansas, "Moliere and the French Revolution."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Suzanne R. Pucci, University of Kentucky, "Tartuffe in Text and Performance 2000: A Blueprint for Collaboration."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Daniel HarkettColumbia University, "Exhibition Culture in Restoration Paris."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Allan Greer, McGill UniversityMohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Scott M. Marr, Boston University, "Religious coexistence in the town of Saumur in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."
Joel W. Revill, Duke University, "Taking France to the School of Sciences: Gaston Bachelard and the Epistemological Tradition."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Catherine Bredeson, Yale University, "The End of the Absurd: Protest and Performance of May ‘68."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Edwina Spodark, Hollins University, "Weaving the World Wide Web into Teaching the Culture of Québec."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia UniversityThe Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Anoush Terjanian, Johns Hopkins University, "Doux commerce and its discontents: slavery, piracy and monopoly in eighteenth-century France."
Jennifer Farrell, City University of New York, "Buren before Buren: The Early Work of Daniel Buren."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:
Jennifer Wild, University of Iowa, "L’Imagination cinémentale: Cinematic Intervention in the French Avant-Garde, 1913-1929."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Tracy Adam, Columbia University, "Julien Gracq and the Symbolist Universe."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Bonnie Adair-Hauck and Richard Donato, University of Pittsburgh, "The PACE Model: A Story-Based Approach to Meaning and Form for Standards-Based Language Learning” and “The PACE Model: Actualizing the Standards through Storytelling: ‘Le Bras, la Jambe et le Ventre'."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Mark Hulliung, Brandeis University, Citizens and Citoyens: Republicans and Liberals in America and France (Harvard University Press, 2002).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:

Joshua M. Humphreys, New York University, "Servants of Social Progress: Democracy and Social Reform in France, 1914-1940."
Sharon E. Cline, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Gender and French National Identity: 1945-2000."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Jennifer A. Boittin, Yale University, "Soleil Noir: Josephine Baker, Race and Gender in Interwar Paris."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Anne K. Kelley, Emory University, "Some Suggestions for Teaching Intermediate Composition."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Irwin M. Wall, University of California-RiversideFrance, the United States and the Algerian War (The University of California Press, 2001).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
John Haines, Shorter College, "Reading the Troubadours and Trouvères: A Study in the Reception of  Medieval Music."
Andrew Jainchill, Univesity of California-Berkeley, "French Liberalism, 1794-1830."

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowships:
Susan Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "The Question of Female Nature: The Querelle des Femmes in Eighteenth-Century France."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Ina PfitznerLouisiana State University, "Translating Exile in Panaït Istrati’s Mes départs, Samuel Beckett’s Fin de partie and Selected Poems by Paul Celan."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Alice McLean, University of Chicago, and Alan Savage, Wheaton College (Illinois), "Surveying the Survery Course: A Practical Guide."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Jacques Portes, Université de Paris VIIIFascination and Misgivings: The United States in French Opinion, 1870-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:

Amelia Lyons, University of California-Irvine, "Invisible Immigrants: North Africans in France, 1962-1982."
Gregory Thomas, University of Carifornia-Berkeley, "Shell-Shocked Nation: Medical Manifestations of Psychological Trauma in Inter-War France."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Dr. Paul DuttonNorthern Arizona University, "Doctors Versus Mutual Societies: The Transition to National Health Insurance in France 1928-1945."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Joan Grenier-Winther, Washington State University, "Real Issues in the Virtual Classroom."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Samuel Scott, Wayne State UniversityFrom Yorktown to Valmy: The Transformation of the French Army in a Time of Revolution (University of Colorado Press, 1998).

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:

Philip KatzFrom Appomattox to Montmartre: Americans and the Paris Commune (Harvard University Press, 1998).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:
Kevin Moore, Princeton University, "Making an Artist for the History of Photography."
Karol Weaver, Pennsylvania State University, "Disease in 18th Century Saint Domingue."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Mita Choudhury, Vassar College, "School of Virtue, School of Vice: Convents and Nuns in French Thought and Culture, 1740-1794."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Carol Lally and Leona LeBlanc, Florida State University, "A Comparison of Instructor-Mediated versus Student Mediated Explicit Language Instruction in the Communicative Classroom."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Nancy Green, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences SocialesReady to Wear, Ready to Work: A Century of Industrialization and Immigration in New York and Paris (Duke University Press, 1997).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Martha Easton, New York University, "The Body and the Construction of Gender in the Later Middle Ages: A Case Study of the Legenda aurea."
Eliza Earle Ferguson, Duke University, "Vengeance: Violence and the Politics of Gender in Fin-de-Siècle Paris."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Masha Belenky, Columbia University, "The Poetics of Jealousy in the 19th Century French Novel."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Alfred Smith, Utah State University, "Using Video and Newspaper Texts to Provide Topic Schemata in the Composition Class."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Lloyd Kramer
, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillLafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions (University of North Carolina Press, 1996).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:

Jonathan Coleman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Civility and Masculinity: Manners and Male Identity in Old Regime France, 1650-1789."
Julie Fette, New York University, "Xenophobia in the Professions in Interwar France."

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship in Literature:
Patricia Geesey, University of North Florida, "Integration and Islam in France."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Andrew Suozzo, DePaul University, "Dialogue and Immediacy in Cultural Instruction: The E-Mail Option."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Laura Meixner, 
French Realist Painting and the Critique of American Society, 1856-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Sarah Beam, University of California, Berkeley, "Satirical Performers and Authors in Early 17th Century Paris."
Ann Gardiner, New York University, "The Historical Case of Coppet and its Revival as Post-Maastricht Myth."
Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida, "Eugène Delacroix: Art and Public Decorum in the 1820s."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Marie-Angèle Kingué, "L’Afrique Francophone: Pédagogie et Méthode."

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize:
Alisa C. KlausEvery Child a Lion: The Origins of maternal and Infant Health Policy in the United States and France, 1890-1920 (Cornell University Press, 1993).

Gilbert Chinard Book Prize not awarded
Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowships:
Lisa DeCaprio, Rutgers University, "Women and Social Welfare during the French Revolution: The Ateliers de Filature 1790-1795."
Kathryn A. Edwards, University of Southern Mississippi, "The social impact of the shifting frontier in the lands along the Franco-German border."
Julia Sagraves, Northwestern University, "Painting the Politics of Reconaissance: The Paris Salon during the First Empire."
Kate van Orden, University of Chicago, "Recueils de Poésie and the Performance of Chansons in Paris, 1570-1580."

Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize:
Camille Kennedy Vande Berg, Western Michigan University, "Managing Learner Anxiety in Literature Courses."



Richard Kuisel, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Seducing the French: The Dilemma of Americanization (University of California Press, 1993).

Not awarded

Irwin M. Wall, University of California-Riverside, The United States and the Making of Postwar France, 1945-1954 (Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Not awarded

Patrice Higonnet, Harvard University, Sister Republics: The Origins of French and American Republicanism (Harvard University Press, 1988).

Not awarded

Robert S. Weddle
, Editor, La Salle, the Mississippi, and the Gulf: Three Primary Documents (Texas A&M University Press, 1986).

Carl J. Ekberg, Illinois State University, Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An Adventure on the Mississippi Frontier (Patrice Press, 1985).

James Axtell, College of William and Mary, The Invasion Within: The Contact of Cultures in Colonial North America (Oxford University Press, 1985).

Patricia Kay Galloway, Mississippi Department Archives, Editor for volumes IV and V of Mississippi Provincial Archives: French Dominion, 1729-1748, 1749-1763 (LSU Press, 1984).

Jon Butler
, Yale University, The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society (Harvard University Press, 1983).

Orville T. Murphy
, State University of New York at Buffalo, Charles Fravier, Comte de Vergennes: French Diplomacy in the Age of Revolution, 1719-1787 (State University of New York Press, 1982).

John G. Reid, Acadia, Maine, and New Scotland: Marginal Colonies in the Seventeenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 1981).

James H. Hutson, John Adams and the Diplomacy of the American Revolution, (University of Kentucky Press, 1980).

Stanley J. Idzerda
, Editor-in-chief of the Lafayette Papers, Cornell University Library, Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776-1790 (Cornell University Press).

G.C. Incentive Prize:
Edward Angel, "James Monroe’s Mission to Paris, 1794-1796."

Jay Higginbotham
, Local History Section of the Mobile Public Library, Old Mobile: Fort Louis de la Louisiane, 1702-1711 (Museum of the City of Mobile, 1977).

G.C. Incentive Prize:
Thomas A. Sancton
, Oxford University, "Red, White, and Blue: A Study of the American Image in the Eyes of the French Left, 1848-1871."

Lee Kennett
, University of Georgia, The French Forces in America 1780-1783 (Greenwood Press, 1976).

Not awarded
Honorable Mention: Howard C. Rice, Thomas Jefferson’s Paris (Princeton University Press, 1976).

Jonathan A. Dull, University of Texas, The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787 (Princeton University Press, 1976).
Stephen A. Schuker, Cambridge, Mass, The End of French Predominance in Europe: The Financial Crisis of 1924 and the Adoption of the Dawes Plan (University of North Carolina Press, 1976).
Honorable Mention:  Henry Blumenthal, Rutgers University, American and French Culture, 1800 to 1900: Interchanges of Arts, Science, Literature, and Society (LSU Press, 1976).
Russell M. Jones, Westminster College, "The Parisian Education of an American Surgeon, 1832-1835"

Albert Hall Bowman
, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, The Struggle for Neutrality: Franco-American Diplomacy in the Federalist Era (University of Tennessee Press, 1974).
G.C. Incentive Prize:
Melvin B. Leffler
, Vanderbilt University, "The Struggle for Stability: America Policy toward France, 1921-1933."

William J. Eccles
, University of Toronto, France in America (Harper & Row, 1972).
Jacob Price, University of Michigan, France and the Chesapeake: A History of the French Tobacco Monopoly, 1574-1791, and Its Relationship to the British and American Tobacco Trades (University of Michigan Press, 1973, 2 vols).
G.C. Incentive Prize:
James T. Schlefer, College of New Rochelle, "The Making of Tocqueville’s American."

Howard C. Rice, Jr., and Anne S. K. Brown
, The American Campaigns of Rochambeau’s Army, 1780-1783 (Princeton University Press and Brown University Press, 1972).

Nancy Nichols Barker
, The French Legation in Texas (Texas State Historical Association, 1971, 2 vols).

Laura V. Monti
, chair of special collections section of University of Florida library, awarded to support the publication of a detailed inventory of the Rochambeau Papers.

Not awarded

Daniel Carroll
, Villanova University, "Henri Mercier’s Diplomatic Mission to Washington" (manuscript, subsequently published as Henri Mercier and the American Civil War).

William C. Stinchcombe
, Syracuse University, "French-American Alliance in American Politics, 1778-1783" (manuscript, subsequently published as The American Revolution and the French Alliance).