The Institut Français d’Amérique Fund Research Fellowships

Next Award Deadline: 15 February 2020

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:

Jennifer Boittin, chair (2020)

Department of French and Francophone Studies
Pennsylvania State University
337 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)

Daniel Sherman (2021)

Department of Art and Art History
University of North Carolina
Hanes Art Center, CB 3405
Chapel Hill, NC (USA)

Rebecca Spang (2022)

Department of History
Indiana University
Weatherly Hall, 400 N. Sunrise Drive
Bloomington, IN 47405 (USA)


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Past Winners:

Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship:
Jason Hong
, Yale University, “A Different Worldview: Francophone Literature, Monde, and the Resistance to the Universal.”

Edouard Morot-Sir Research Fellowship:
Darcy Benson, The Ohio State University, “Fighting in the Shadows: Communist Immigrant Communities and Resistance in France, 1930-1944.”

Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship:

Anna Young, Vanderbilt University, “Manhood on Trial: Impotence, Masculinity, and Marriage in Early Modern France.”

Catherine Maley Fellowship:
Michaela Kleber, College of William & Mary, “Gendered Societies, Sexual Empires: Early French Colonization among the Illinois.”

Research grants were not awarded in 2017

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 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 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."

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."

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."

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)."

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 Research Fellowship:

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."