Research Travel Award

Next Award Deadline: 15 February 2020

The Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History offer an annual award of $2,000 for research conducted outside North America on any aspect of the history of France. This award is granted to an outstanding American or Canadian scholar who has received the doctorate in history in the five-year period prior to the award (since January 2015 for the 2020 award). The award must be spent no more than one year after the fellowship is awarded. 

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, Western Society
for French History representative)

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:

Ian W. Merkel
, Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Turin, “Terms of Exchange: Brazilian Intellectuals and the Rethinking of the French Social Sciences.”

Miranda Sachs, Yale University, "Child’s Work: Welfare, Family, and Work in Third Republic France."

Nimisha Barton
Princeton University, "Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France."

Bronwen McSheaColumbia University, "Patroness of Empire: Duchesse Marie d’Aiguillon and French-Catholic Expansion in 17th-Century Asia, America, and Africa."

Laurie M. WoodFlorida State University, "Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire."

Burleigh Hendrickson
Northeastern University, "Imperial Fragments and Transnational Activism: 1968(s) in Tunisia, France, and Senegal."

Elena NapolitanoUniversity of Toronto, "Prospects of Statecraft: Diplomacy, Territoriality, and the Vision of French Nationhood in Rome, 1660-1700."

Alexia YatesHarvard University, "Selling Paris: Real Estate and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Metropolis."

Christina FirpoCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, "'Abandoned Children': The Crises of Racial Patriarchy and the Forcible Removal of Mixed-Race Children in Colonial Indochina, 1890-1956."

Jennifer PalmerUniversity of Chicago, "An Ocean between Them: Race, Gender and the Family in France and Its Colonies."

Jonathyne BriggsIndiana University Northwest, "Anarchie en France: Hypermodernity and French Popular Music, 1958-1981."

Claire SalinasColorado College,"Settling Society in France and Algeria: Emigration, Colonization, and Liberal Politics, 1830-1870."

Junko TankedaSyracuse University, "Between France and the Mediterranean: Absolutism and Commercial Humanism in Marseille, 1660-1720."

Rebecca PuljuKent State University, "The Woman's Paradise: Gender and Consumer Culture in France, 1944-1965."

Sara BeamUniversity of Victoria, "The Body of the Criminal in Europe, 1500 - 1750."

Richard KeyserWestern Kentucky University, "From Gift to Contract: The Transformation of Medieval Property Dealings, Champagne 1100-1350."

Richard C. KellerUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, "Developing Madness: The Psychiatrist's Civilizing Mission in French North Africa, 1900-1962."

Sean KennedyUniversity of New Brunswick, "The Croix de Feu and the Parti Social Français in Algeria."

Nancy LocklinMaryville College, "Women in Early Modern Brittany: Rethinking Work and Identity in a Traditional Economy."

Patrick R. YoungFordham University, "The Consumer as National Subject: Bourgeois Tourism in the French Third Republic, 1880-1914."

Michael LynnAgnes Scott College, "Popular Science in the French Enlightenment: The Dissemination of Natural Philosophy and the Creation of an Urban Scientific Culture."

Nancy EdwardsBowdoin College, "Regendering the Nation: the Role of the Housewife in French Indentity Formation from 1918 to Vichy."

Mathew S. KueflerRice University, "A Study of the Manuscripts of the Vita Sancti Geraldi Aureliancensis."