Applications not being accepted in spring 2021

About the Award

This travel grant provides funding in support of University of Chicago PhD students conducting research in Paris under the supervision of a Collège de France faculty member. These travel grants—which are intended to supplement rather than replace existing grant or fellowship support—are in the amount of $6,000 per academic quarter, a sum which is intended to cover transatlantic airfare, housing, and most other costs associated with an extended research stay in Paris.


Applicants must be PhD candidates in the Physical Sciences Division, the Biological Sciences Division, or the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. While having at least some comprehension of French is a plus, candidates are not required to demonstrate language proficiency at any particular level.

Eligible Collège de France Sponsors

Under this program, any faculty member (chaire) in the sciences at the Collège de France is eligible to host a visiting UChicago PhD student. As of July 2017, the list of eligible College de France faculty members include:

Édouard BARD, Climate and Ocean Evolution
Gérard BERRY, Algorithms, Machines and Languages
Françoise COMBES, Galaxies and Cosmology
Jean DALIBARD, Atoms and Radiation
Bernard DERRIDA, Statistical Physics
Stanislas DEHAENE, Experimental Cognitive Psychology
Denis DUBOULE, Evolution of Genomes and Development
Alain FISCHER, Experimental Medicine
Marc FONTECAVE, Chemistry of Biological Processes
Antoine GEORGES, Physics of Condensed Matter
Jean-François JOANNY, Soft Matter and Biophysics
Thomas LECUIT, Dynamics of Living Systems
Xavier LEROY, Software Science
Pierre-Louis LIONS, Partial Differential Equations & Applications
Stéphane MALLET, Data Science
Christine PETIT, Genetics and Cellular Physiology
Alain PROCHIANTZ, Morphogenetic Processes
Barbara ROMANOWICZ, Physics of the Earth’s Interior
Clément SANCHEZ, Chemistry of Hybrid Materials
Philippe SANSONETTI, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Jean-Marie TARASCON, Chemistry of Materials and Energy
Hugues de THÉ, Cellular and Molecular Oncology
Claire VOISIN, Algebraic Geometry

Award Tenure

Applicants may propose research stays of as short as 3 months and as long as an entire academic year. There is also an intermediate option of applying for two academic quarters (6 months) of support.

Selection Criteria

Ideal candidates are those with a strong academic record, and who are able to convincingly articulate the benefits they hope to realize from the proposed research stay at the Collège de France. The faculty committee evaluating applications will also look at levels of synergy and complementarity between the “sending lab” in Chicago and the “receiving lab” in France, as well as the levels of enthusiasm for the proposed visit expressed by faculty advisors on both sides of the Atlantic. Note: Students working in non-­laboratory research collaborations in the physical sciences are also encouraged to apply.

Application Materials

In order to be considered for the award, applicants must submit their materials, which should be named “LASTNAME.CDF.201X.pdf,” in a single pdf file. This file should include the following elements in this order:

  • A completed application form (Click here for application form:CDFSRTG Application);
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A short statement of support (letter or email form) from a Collège de France faculty member who agrees to advise you during your proposed fellowship tenure (if you are interested in conducting scientific research in Paris, but are having difficulty identifying an appropriate faculty mentor at the Collège de France, contact Dan Bertsche, who can assist);
  • University of Chicago transcript (scanned, or e-transcript sent to Beth Powers);
  • Applicants should also arrange for their Chicago faculty advisor to send a letter—which will serve both as a recommendation and an endorsement of your plan to conduct research abroad—to Beth Powers in UChicagoGRAD before the application deadline.

Application Submission

All completed applications and letters of support must be submitted to Beth Powers in UChicagoGRAD (


For eligibility or application procedural questions, contact Beth Powers, Director of Fellowships in UChicagoGRAD. For questions regarding the Collège de France, contact Dan Bertsche, Associate Director at the France Chicago Center.

List of Previous Winners

2019-2020: Xiao Sun, Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology

2018-2019: Olivier Martin, Mathematics

2017-2018: Jacob Cooper, Committee on Evolutionary Biology

2016-2017: Boxuan Zhao, Chemistry

2015-2016: Simion Filip, Mathematics

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