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Higher Education

The Call for applications is now closed.


International education and study abroad have been severely impacted by the current pandemic. In response, the French Embassy in the United States, the U.S. Embassy in France, and the FACE Foundation, will be supporting institutions which are creatively maintaining French-American collaboration by integrating virtual exchange or other types of global learning in their curricula. Projects need to be implemented collaboratively by at least one U.S. and one French institution of higher learning or international education provider and demonstrate why they have the potential to boost study abroad after the pandemic.

We especially encourage projects that will be part of a credit-bearing course. We will consider virtual exchange projects (including COIL) as well as any co-designed or co-taught content giving students an international perspective on their field. Initiatives strengthening existing partnerships or developing new ones, such as co-hosted faculty networking and match-making leading to virtual exchange is another high-impact practice we can support. You want to do a triangulation project with a third, ideally francophone, country? Wonderful! This call is designed to help realize your ideas in this unusual times.

The grant funds may be used for project-related expenses, which include salary in support of time needed for developing the course. Grants will be in the amount of up to $7,500.00 per project.

Eligibility Criteria

We do accept applications from all kinds of international education providers, including higher education institutions and private facilitators.

Eligible projects must:

– Be carried out collaboratively.
– Be submitted by a designated coordinator (either the French or American partner).
– Integrate global learning in the curriculum across all disciplines.
– Be part of credit-bearing courses.
– Have a potential impact on future in-person study abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions

– Indirect Costs / Administrative fees are not eligible
– Teaching salaries are not eligible in general as virtual is an add-on to an existing course
– Grant can be used for professional development funds, course design, project coordination, project evaluation, dissemination efforts, technical support, teacher training and many more
– Face-to-Face travel is not eligible


Katrin Gebhard
Higher Education Attaché