The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States and funds individuals in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) as well as in the Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS). The Chateaubriand Fellowship program will provide funding for the stay in France (4 to 9 months) to outstanding American PhD students as part of a co-supervised research project. The fellowships aim to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects; hence, the applicants will have to provide a detailed description of the envisioned collaboration.
STEM Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition: priority is given to candidates working toward a “double degree” (cotutelle) with their host institution. All Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and Health disciplines are eligible. The required level of French remains at the discretion of the host laboratory.
The Office of Science and Technology provides a stipend of up to 1,400 €/month (depending on other sources of funding) and cover the cost of travel and student health insurance.
François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), in whose honor the fellowship was named, was a French writer, politician, diplomat, and historian. He is considered the father of Romanticism in French literature and beyond. (And yes, the Chateaubriand steak is named for him as well, thanks to his personal chef, who created that particular dish.)