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AATF logo French Contests, Scholarships & Grants
compiled by the  American Association of Teacher of French - CT Chapter
Connecticut

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is pleased to list these opportunities for both French teachers and students.  Some are available only to Connecticut residents, but the majority have no geographical restrictions. Application deadlines that have passed are included for those planning ahead for next year, since many competitions are held annually.
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For Students   (K-12)    For Students (college, grad, postdoctoral) For Teachers and Scholars
Opportunity Deadline  Opportunity Deadline Opportunity Deadline
AATF Outstanding HS Senior in French  ongoing Ecole de Chartes Exchange Fellowship 10 Jan
Weiss/Brown Publication Subvention Awd 10 Jan
NECTFL Bd of Directors Award Certificate  ongoing
15  Jan
Chinard, Morot-Sir & Rorison Fellowship 15 Jan
CT COLT Rhyme Celebration (preK-6) 15 Jan
Chateaubriand Scholarship 15  Jan
Camargo Foundation 15 Jan
CT COLT Poetry Recitation Contest (7-12) 2 Feb Chinard, Morot-Sir & Rorison Fellowships
15  Jan
Grants for Teachers of French
31 Jan
Le Grand Concours  (1-6; 7-12) TBA
PBK Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship 15  Jan
ISE Language Matters Award
1 Feb
CT COLT Poster Contest 14 Mar Camargo Foundation 15  Jan
Dorothy S. Ludwig Teaching Award 1 Feb
Irene B. Stanislawczyk Scholarship 1 Mar Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship 1 Mar
AATF Summer Scholarships 1 Mar
AATF-CT Prize (CT Seniors) TBA Scholarship in French Cinema Studie 1  Feb
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship 1 Mar
AATF-FLES Poster Contest (K-8) 15 Oct


AATF Small Grants Awards 1 Mar
CT COLT Award for Excellence 1 May Walter Jensen Study Abroad 1 Oct
CT COLT Jane G. Graveen Award 1 Mar
AATF Nat'l French Week Poster Contest 15 Oct Fulbright Advanced Student Grant mid Oct  Stages pédagogiques de courte durée 31 Mar




AATF Outstanding Chapter Officer
1 Apr
AATF Nat'l French Week Essay Contest 15 Oct

CT COLT Pegasus Pride Award 15 Apr




AATF National French Week Grants
15 Jun
CT COLT Button Contest I5 Dec


Fulbright Research Scholar Grant  1  Aug




Helen Amaral Award 15 Aug

 


CT COLT Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award 1 Oct


    Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program mid Oct
        Fulbright Full Grant 15 Oct

 
  AATF-French Embassy -Concordia Villages Outstanding Administrator Award 1 Dec

      NECTFL MEAD Leadership Fellows Prog 1 Dec




PBK Walter J. Jensen Fellowship
TBA

For Students
for a graduating HS Senior in French; nominations must be made by a current AATF member from any public or private secondary school with at least one French teacher. 

Description
Outstanding HS Senior in French Award
Only one name per school per year will be accepted. In the event that there are multiple French teachers in a given school, they must decide among themselves who the nominee will be and submit only one name to the AATF. In the event of multiple submissions, only the first name received will be considered for the award, based on postmark.

To qualify for the award, a student must:
1) be in his or her senior year at a public or private secondary school; 2) have maintained an "A" average in French, 3) have maintained a "B" average overall; 4) have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the study of French by participating in extracurricular activities related to French which may include but are not limited to the Grand Concours, study abroad, National French Week activities, or French Club; 5) at the time of graduation, have completed at least three years of formal French study; 6) be a non-native speaker of French

Students will receive a special certificate acknowledging their award and a press release to distribute to local media; a congratulatory letter will be sent to the principal, and the student’s name will be placed on the AATF Outstanding Senior Honor Roll on the AATF Web site. The registration fee for the award is $25. For an additional $10 fee, students can also receive an Outstanding High School Senior in French medal.  Click here for the nomination form.
Sponsor AATF
Application procedure
The completed nomination form can be mailed or faxed to: AATF Awards, Mailcode 4510, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4510; Fax: 618-453-5733; e-mail: rosalba@siu.edu . Purchase orders accepted.
Application deadline
Ongoing                                                                                                                                                                                         
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For Students
for graduating students from any level (elementary, junior high, high school. college) enrolled in the most advanced course of  study offered who intend to continue their studies

Description
NECTFL Board of Directors Award Certificate for Excellence in Language Study
Each school may devise its own selection process for each language for which an award (certificate) is made. The Award may be presented at any time of year, but nominations must be received by the Northeast Language Conference at least four weeks prior to the award date to allow time for delivery of the certificates. The names of students receiving awards and their nominating schools will be published the following fall in the NECTFL Review. The registration fee for the award is $10 for each certificate requested; free if your school is a member of the Advisory Council.
Sponsor NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Application procedure
The completed can be mailed to: Excellence Aeards, Northeast Conference at Dickinson College.  P.O. Box 1773, , Corner of College & Louther Sts., Carlisle, PA  17013-2896.  Purchase orders not accepted.
Application deadline
Ongoing                                                                                                                                                                                          

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For Students
pre K-6 in FLES, FLEX, ESL, Bilingual, Immersion, Heritage, Language Camps & After School Programs in CT
Description
Rhyme Celebration  to be held March 16, 2011 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at Shepaug Valley HS in Washington, CT.  2011 theme:  Let's Celebrate:  Rhymes, Songs, and TOngue Twisters about Festivals and Holidays
Sponsor CT C.O.L.T. / Connecticut Council of Language Teachers
Deadlines
January 15:  for submission of rhymes, names & grades by fax or e-mail.
Click here for more information.  Please send one registration form per child with rhyme clearly printed or typed, stapled to form and a check payable to "CT COLT" which covers $3.00 per child & $10.00 per school.  Questions?  Contact  co-chairs Christi Moraga and  Kristen Vrabie  Click here to check out videos of past contests!

Hosts
Regional Schol District 12 schools: Booth Free School, Burnha School and Washington Primary School


For Students Post-docs planning to be in residence at the Newberry Library for a minimum of 3 months studying Romance cultures.
Description
Newberry Library-Ecole des Chartes Exchange Fellowship
This fellowship provides a monthly stipend and free tuition for an American or Canadian graduate student to study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris for a period of three months in the fall of 2006. The École des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book. Preference will be given to students attending institutions that are members of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Click here for more information about the Ecole des Chartes. 
Sponsor
The Newberry Library
Application deadline
January 10                                                                                                                                                                                       
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For Scholars Authors with publisher's commitment and readers' reports on pre-1700 French or Italian literary topic.
Description
Weiss/Brown Publication Subvention Award
With support from the Roger W. Weiss and Howard Mayer Brown Fund, the Newberry Library will award up to $15,000 to subsidize the publication of a scholarly book or books on European civilization before 1700 in the areas of music, theater, cultural studies, or French or Italian literature. Authors must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request. The application requirements for this award differ from those for fellowships. Authors should download guidelines for this award or request them from research@newberry.org or 312.255.3666.
 
Sponsor
The Newberry Library
Application deadline
January 10                                                                                                                                                                                      

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For Students
pre- or postdoctoral students, unmarried women between the ages of 25 and 35
Description Phi Beta Kappa Society Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship
The $20,000 grant is awarded alternately in Greek (language, literature, history, archeology) and French (language or literature). The 2008 award will be granted in French.
Applications
January 15 Download the application- and recommendation forms from here, or write to the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship Committee, Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC  20036.  
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For Teachers & Scholars
For US Citizens under the age of 40 who can demonstrate their career does or whill involve active use of the French Language.  Must have BA from an accredited 4-year institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA in French language and literature as a major.  Preference may be given to members of Phi Beta Kappa and educators at the secondary school level or higher. Must deonstrate superior competence in French, according to the standards established by the American Association of Teachers of French.
Description Phi Beta Kappa Society Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature, and Culture
The $10,000 grant is awarded annually for at least six months of study plus a single round-trip economy-class ticket to France.  Some additional support may be available to those with dependents.

The purpose of the award is to help educators and researchers improve eduation in standard French language, literaure, and culture and in the study of standard French in the US.  The recipient must report to Phi Beta Kappa every two months in both English and French.  At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow must submit a summary report in English and French,which may be submitted )[referable in French to a scholarly publication such as The French Review.  Click here for past Jensen Fellowship Winners.
Application deadline TBA
Application forms to be ready this summer.  Please check award site to download.
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For Students
PhD candidates; must be US citizens enrolled at an American University
Description
Chateaubriand Scholarship Program  for studying French Literature, cinema, the humanities, the arts, history, philosophy, political science or sociology at a French institution. You can be granted a stipend of 1300 euros / month for a 9 month period,  health insurance and a round trip ticket to France.
Sponsor Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Application deadline
most probably January 15; Download the application form or request one in writing from Cultural Services of the French Ministry of Education. Contact person: Meg Merwin : 202-944-6294; 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021; Fax : (212) 439-1455
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or Teachers
Doctoral candidates in last stages of preparation and untenured junior professors (PhD less than 6 years by January 15) who need funds to pursue research in French art, economics, history, history of science, linguistics, literature and social sciences.
Description Four $1500 awards are available for maintenance (not travel) during research in France for a period of at least 2 months.
No application form. Applicants write two pages maximum describing research project and planned trip (location, length of stay, etc.), and giving curriculum vitae. A letter of recommendation from dissertation director is also required for Ph.D. candidates.

The scope and purpose of the Institut Français de Washington was then and is now to promote, in the United States, the study of French civilization, history, literature, and art, and to preserve the memory of contributions to the history of modern civilization in North America by French missionaries, educators, explorers, settlers, scholars and  artists. To encourage the work of scholars in these areas, the Institut has established (with the Society for French Historical Studies) the following awards:
1) Gilbert Chinard Historical Prize, awarded annually to the best American book on the history of French-American relations (on the recommendation of a committee of the Society for French Historical Studies)
 2) Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize, awarded annually for the best article on the teaching of French language and  literature in the French Review;
3) Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship;
4) Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship.
Upon return, the awardee will send a brief report to the Institut.
Sponsor Institut Français de Washington
Application deadline January 15; Write to Catherine A. Maley, President, Institut Français de Washington, Dept. of Romance Languages,  CB 3170,  Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3170; (919) 962-0154
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For Students Post-docs planning to study Romance cultures.
Description
Newberry Library-Ecole des Chartes Exchange Fellowship
This fellowship provides a monthly stipend and free tuition for an American or Canadian graduate student to study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris for a period of three months in the fall of 2009. The École des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book. Preference will be given to students attending institutions that are members of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Click here for more information about the Ecole des Chartes. 
Sponsor
The Newberry Library
Application deadline
January 10
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For Teachers
For Scholars
For Students
Secondary or College/University faculty or professors emeriti on leave from their institutions
Independent Scholars and writers, visual artists, video artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians... working on specific projects
Graduate students for whom a stay in France would be beneficial to finalizing dissertation work
Description
Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France offers apartments and access to a reference library for scholars pursuing projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. $3500 stipend. See website for other conditions.
Sponsor
Camargo Foundation
Application deadline
January 15.  Write to The Camargo Foundation, U.S. Secretariat, 400 Sibley St., Suite 125, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1928.  Tel (651) 238-8805. Click here for links to online forms.

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For Teachers Full-time teachers in accredited schools who 1) are US Citizen or Permanent Resident (French citizens are not allowed to apply); 2) Have working knowledge of French; 3) Are assigned to teach the French language and/or French Culture in grades K-12; 4) Wish to strengthen French skills and enhance knowledge of French culture; 5) Have not received a grant from the French Government for the last 3 years
Description
Grants for Teachers of French. Every year in July, the French Government, through its Embassy in the U.S., offers grants to qualified Primary and Secondary Schools French Teachers who would like to improve their language skills and enhance their knowledge of French culture.
What is covered:  1)
Subscription fees and the training for 3 weeks; 2) A round-trip train ticket from Paris to the provinces; 3) A part of the costs for the lodging and food. The grant does not cover the flight USA/France.
Sponsor
The French Embassy
Application deadline
January 31

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For Teachers

AATF members who excel in motivating their high school students to speak French through exemplary motivation and creative methods. They must also have provided authentic immersion experiences for their students to use French outside the classroom.  Participation in ISE programs is not a prerequisite.
Description
Intercultural Student Experiences:  Language Matters Grant
Sponsored by Intercultural Student Experiences, this award recognizes a teacher who strives to provide authentic cultural and speaking experiences for his/her students. Click here for more information.  Nomination deadline: February 1 each year.  See the National Bulletin for more information.
Sponsor
Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE)
Application deadline
February 1 for postmark; must arrive by February 8.  Send to AATF, Mailcode 4510, Southern Illinois University, Carbonmdale, IL  62901
Notification April 1.  The award will be presented during the AATF National Convention.  For more information, contact Jayne Abrate

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For Students
Grades 7-12, in different age categories.  Venue and Date TBA
Description
CT COLT Poetry recitation contest
Download PDF forms for Registration, Rules and Procedures.

Sponsor
CT C.O.L.T / Connecticut Council of Language Teachers
Application deadline
TBA
Winners Notified
t the conclusion of the contest

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For Teachers
For Students
For American citizens whose first language is not French, and who hold a teaching position during 2008-2009. Preference will be given to AATF members in good standing since January 1, 2003.  Student applicants must be recommended  by an AATF member teacher/professor or be AATF student members in good standing.  AATF chapter presidents, members of the AATF Executive Council  and recipients of an AATF grant during the past 5 years are ineligible. Scholarship recipients must  agree to make a presentation at a major foreign language conference, and recipients of the Belgian and Swiss scholarships must prepare a cultural project which will become part of the AATF Lending Library and present a session at the AATF national convention in Atlanta. Click here for more information.
Description
AATF Summer Scholarships   Click here for more details about and applications forms for 1) Université de Montréal  2) Université du Québec à Chicoutimi   3) Université Laval  4) Québec  5)  Belgium  6) France
Selection Process The applications will be reviewed by a national  committee and the decision will be announced by late March 2007.  These factors will be weighed in the selection process:  1) Clarity and specificity of the candidate's statement; 2) reasons for applying and level of French as evidenced on the cassette tape (candidates rae expected to have a level of proficiecy which will allow them to follow university-level coursework in French); 3) teaching assignement (number of Fench classes and number of students impacted) or program of study 9student appicant); 4) evidence of professional commitment; 5) future career plans in education; 6) ned for an immersion experience in a Francophone country; 7) letters of recommendation.
Sponsor American Association of Teachers of French
Application deadline 1 March
Application procedure
 Complete both sides of the application form (follow link on info page), including the signature on the second side, and attach additional pages to the application. Request that 2 letters of recommendation plus 4 copies be sent directly to Jayne Abrate, AATF Executive Director.  (The letters should come from the principal, dean, or department chairperson, and one from someone who knows the candidate and his/her work well.)  As these letters of recommendation are very carefully considered  during the application process, they should contain a serious, detailed evaluation of the applicant's professional and personal qualities. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the application for confirmation of receipt of the application & recommendation. Send the original plus four copies of the application form and supplementary pages, cassette,  and postcard to Jayne Abrate, AATF, Mailcode 4510, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4510.  If applying for more than one scholarship, separate sets of application materials must be submitted for each country
Winners Notified
TBA

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For Teachers & Scholars Post-docs planning to be in residence at the Newberry Library for a minimum of 3 months studying Romance cultures.
Description
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Short -Term Fellowship
This fellowship ($4000 stipend) is for post-doctoral scholars who wish to use the Newberry's extensive holdings in late medieval and Renaissance history and literature.  The fellowship is intended to encourage scholars to pursue research at the Newberry during sabbaticals; it could also help a scholar to extend a leave. This fellowship may be combined with non-residential fellowships.
Sponsor
The Newberry Library
Application deadline
March 1.
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For Teachers
for AATF members; all levels of instruction
Description
AATF Small Grant Awards
Each year, the AATF awards $5000 in Small Grants to members or chapters to undertake worthy projects related to the teaching or promotion of French. Matching funds are required.  Click here for more information.
Sponsor American Association of Teachers of French
Application deadline 1 March
Applkication Deadline
March 1.  Application procedures and requirements remain the same as in previous years.  A letter specifying the following should be sent to the Executive Director, Mailcode 4510, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4510
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For Students
Undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 majoring in a world language and teacher education program at an accredited CT institution. Must have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of work in the major field (not including introductory classes). Nominees may not be previous recipients of the award.

Description
Irene B. Stanislawczyk Scholarship,
A $1000 prize in memory of a distinguished language teacher, to be used in the following academic year. Disbursement of funds will be made to the recipient upon receipt of appropriate documentation.The recipient will agree to attend the Fall Conference as a guest of CT COLT and submit a brief article reflecting on the conference to the CT COLT News Exchange.
Sponsor
CT C.O.L.T. / Council of Language Teachers
Application deadline
March 1.  Click for more info,  application form.
Winners announced TBA

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For Teachers
Elementary FLES teachers who are current CT COLT members with at least 2 years of continuous membership and who are teaching FLES at least 50 per cent of the time in a public or private elementary school in Connecticut. Nominees may not be previous recipients of the award.
Description
Jane G. Graveen Award: $300  toward the purchase of classroom materials
Sponsor CT C.O.L.T. / Council of Language Teachers
Application Deadline
March 1
Winners announced TBA

For Teachers
all levels; Nominations may be made by an individual AATF member  in good standing or by  an AATF Chapter.

Description
Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Awards
Four annual cash awards and a year's free AATF membership will be awarded for outstanding teaching at each level (elementary school, middle- or junior high school, high school, and post-secondary/university, college, or junior college).  Teacher must have demonstrated excellence and commitment in the teaching of French language, culture, and literature.  If there is no suitable candidate in any of the award areas, the AATF reserves the right not to make an award  for that year in that area.  An official presentation will be made at the AATF Awards Banquet. Please see information page for more details on materials required in the nomination packet.
Sponsor
AATF
Application deadline
February 1. Click for application form
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For Students
FLES (grades 1-6), 7-8, 9-12, including students studying French on overseas campuses, with a private tutor exclusive of any formal classroom instruction in French, or via Homeschooling
Description
Le Grand Concours, or National French Contest
A French event in the form of a 60 minute national examination, designed, written, financed, and disseminated by the members of the American Association of Teachers of French. Its purpose is to help stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of French and to help identify and reward achievement on the part of both students and teachers. 
Sponsor
AATF
Exam date
TBA for CT high school students.  FLES date TBA
Winners announced
online at the Grand Concours website and in the AATF bulletin
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For Students
Open only to Connecticut High School Seniors whose nominating teachers are current members of AATF-CT
Description
AATF-CT Prize
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two deserving graduating Connecticut seniors who plan to continue studies in French or in a related area. See AATF-CT Prize Information page for details and downloadable application form
Sponsor
AATF-CT
Application deadline
TBA, usually mid-March to AATF Prize, 220 Alston Ave., New Haven, CT 06515, Tel/ FAX 203- 387-3454
Winners announced
At the AATF-CT May Awards Banquet to be held at Hopkins School, New Haven, CT
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For Students
Open only to Connecticut High School Seniors whose nominating teachers are current members of AATF-CT
Description
AATF Outstanding Chapter Officer Award,
This award recognizes an outstanding current or immediate past Chapter President or Treasurer and includes participation in a CERAN Lingua program. Nominations are made by Regional Representatives.
Sponsor
CERAN Lingua International
Application deadline
April 1

For Students
Connecticut students in grades K -12
Description Poster Contest
$50 and $100 savings bonds to be awarded in different categories.  Click here to find application forms.
Sponsor CT C.O.L.T. / Connecticut Council of Language Teachers
Application deadline
TBA
Winners announced
Date TBA
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For Students
U.S. citizens or permanent residents at least 18 years of age, non-native speakers of French, enrolled in an established teacher education program (B.A., B.S., or M.A.T.) in French. Must be sponsored by an AATF member teacher.
Description Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad for the academic year 2008-2009. A $1500 scholarship toward a study-abroad experience that the student might not otherwise be able to afford.
Sponsor AATF / American Association of Teachers of French
Application deadline October 1.  Click here for application form
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For Students
FLES students in grades K-8 in both public and private schools

Description
AATF - FLES Poster Contest  (Check back for the new topic: this site is for the 2006 competition)
The AATF chapters will organize and publicize the Contest and submit the best posters in each category to the National FLES* Commission Poster Contest, which may be presented in a variety of techniques and artistic interpretations. The first place winners in each category will receive a $50 check. Winners in second and third place will receive gifts and certificates. Certificates of recognition will be sent to all students. Click here for more information.
1. Entries MUST be completed on 12x18 inch paper and may be done in crayon, pen and ink, water colors, pastels, or magic marker. The captions may be in French or English.
2. Grade categories are: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8.
3. The sponsoring teachers must be current members of AATF.
4. Each poster MUST be accompanied by the AATF student information form . All information must be completed for the poster to be submitted.
5. Entries will be limited to THREE PER CHAPTER FOR EACH CATEGORY. The local chapters are asked to select the best posters to be judged on the applicability to the theme, creativity, and effort.
6. Each teacher should send the posters to their AATF Chapter President. Please mail the posters flat, first class, and protected by cardboard.
Sponsor
AATF
Deadline
TBA (usually mid-February when sent to local chapters)
Winners announced
early June
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For Teachers
Description Stages pédagogiques de courte durée
Chaque année l'Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis offre des bourses de formation aux professeurs de français langue étrangère (FLE), américains ou résidents, dans l'enseignement primaire et secondaire, ainsi qu'aux formateurs de formateurs. Ces bourses vous donnent la chance de partir étudier trois semaines en France  pendant le mois de juillet dans un centre de formation spécialisé en FLE. Cliquez ici pour les 5 thèmes des stages qui se proposeront au mois de juillet.
Sponsor Service culturel de l'ambassade de France
Application deadline March 31; Circonscription: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York: Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SCULE, Bourses SPCD, 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10021
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For Teachers
Current CT COLT members for 5+ years who demonstrate Professionalism, Respect for cultural differences, Involvement or  interest in professional growth within the language field, Dedication to students, Enthusiasm for languages and for teaching.

Description
CT COLT Pegasus Pride Award
Regional winners will be highlighted in the CT COLT News Exchange, receive on year's free membershp in CT COLT, and be indentified in a letter sent to their superintendents.
Sponsor
CT C.O.L.T. / Council of Language Teachers
Application deadline
April 15. Click for application form, which may be faxed to 860.646.3727. Teachers may nominate themselves or colleagues.
Winners announced TBA

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For Teachers
AATF Chapters or members in good standing

Description
AATF National French Week Grant
Each year, the AATF awards $5000 in National French Week Grants to members or chapters to undertake projects related to National French Week. Click here for more information.  Application deadline: June 15 each year. 
Sponsor
AATF
Application deadline
June 15. Click for more information
Winners announced TBA


For Students
for deserving students enrolled in K-12 programs of FL study who perform at at A/ 93% average or higher for three consecutive marking periods, and who are motivated in pursuing their language beyond the classroom.

Description
CT COLT Award for Excellence in Language Study
Students, nominated by their teachers, will 1) receive a special certificate, 2) have their names published on the CT COLT web site, 3) have a special letter of recognition sent to their principal or superintendent.  In addition, students in level IV and hight of language study will receive a medal engraved with "For Excellence in Foreign Languages." 
Sponsor CT COLT
Application procedure
Teachers may nominate no more than 5 students and submit $3/student to offset costs. Purchase orders not accepted. Click here for more info. 
Application deadline
May 1; Certificates to be mailed to teachers
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For Teachers A foreign language teacher with 5 years of continuous CT COLT membership currently employed, 3 classes or more in world language teaching and/or administration in Connecticut.  Priority will be given to proposals designed to improve language and/or cultural proficiency.  Consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously received awards or grants.
Description Helen Amaral Award $1000 To help defray the cost of travel or study abroad in existing programs or one designed by the applicant in order to enhance language skills, absorb contemporary culture, and/or gain historical perspective.
Sponsor CT C.O.L.T.
Application deadline August 15; Click here for more information and application instructions  
Winners announced TBA

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For Teachers For tenured world language teachers with 5 years continuous CT COLT membership, employed full-time in CT who has never attended a national conference focusing on teaching language and culture. Nominees may not be previous recipients of the award.
Description Robert G. Mead, Jr. Award $300 to help defray conference costs. 
Sponsor CT C.O.L.T.
Application deadline October 1; Click here for more information and application instructions  
Winners announced TBA

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For Teachers at elementary, secondary, two-year college, and four-year college levels
Description Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Participate in an academic year or one semester direct exchange of positions with teachers from other countries, or in a six-week administrative exchange. Click for application information.
Sponsor US Department of State
Application deadline October 15. Please call 800 726-0479 or write the Fulbright Teacher Exchange, Attn:  M.L.A., 600 Maryland Ave., SW, Suite 320, Washington, DC  20024
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For Students Graduating seniors, Masters and Ph.D candidates
Description Fulbright Advanced Student Grants for 2011-2012; Approximately 20 full grants
The Fulbright Advanced Student Program is designed to give recent B.S/B.A. graduates, masters's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independant library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of the above.
  • Language: French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the project
  • Academic Year: October 1-June 30; Grant Duration: 6 to 10 months
  • Fields of Study: Applications will be considered from well-qualified candidates in all fields. Graduating seniors, Masters and Ph.D level candidates are eligible to apply. Scientific, artistic and multidisciplinary studies are welcome.
  • Affiliation: It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with a French university or research center; evidence of this affiliation should be submitted with the application.
  • Business: INSEAD is an unacceptable affiliation. Business applicants must pursue other affiliations.
  • Music and Fine Arts: Applicants are encouraged to establish contact with specialists in their fields before applying for a grant and to solicit invitations to study under them. Although the Commission prefers affiliation with accredited institutions, applicants may be authorized to study with private teachers. Please note that additional personal funds will be needed to cover costs for private lessons, rehearsal facilities, studio space, etc…
Sponsor Franco-American Commission on Cultural Exchange
Application procedure The Franco-American Commission maintains rigorous standards and awards grants based on the excellence of the proposal, the motivation of the candidate and the quality of the host institution. For French candidates, all applications are first read by a committee of experts in each field. After a preliminary selection is made, a jury interviews those chosen in both French and English. The jury then submits its recommendations to the Fulbright Commission Selection Committee for final approval. For American candidates, the Fulbright Commission is assited by two independent institutions in the United States: the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and the Institute of International Education (IIE). These two institutions pre-select the best candidates with the help of juries made up of university professors. Their selection is sent to the Fulbright Commission in France which then submits the candidates to specialists in France. These specialists submit their evaluations to the Fulbright Commission Selection Committee which makes the final decision.
Application deadline mid-October.  Click for application information.
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For Students Grades K-college
Description National French Week Essay Contest  
Sponsor American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
Further Details

  • Each entry must be the original work of a current French student whose teacher is an AATF member for 2008.  No group entries.  Limit: 5 entries per school.
  • Essays must be written in English and be typed/word processed.
  • The student's name, grade, level of French, school, school address and telephone number, and teacher's full name must be written on the front of the essay.  Submissions with incomplete information will not be judged
  • Essay length - by division: Grades 3-5: Maximum 150 words; Grades 6-8: Maximum 250 words; Grades 9-12: Maximum 350 words; College: Maximum 500 words
Judging Criteria: Theme relevance, originality, written expression. All essays become the property of the AATF and may be used in AATF publications or materials. All participants in the AATF Essay and Poster Contests will receive certificates.  A student may enter both contests.  First, second, and third place winners of each division will receive prizes to be announced. 
Submit materials to
David Graham, 344 Trim Road, Morrisonville, NY 12962
Application deadline October 15
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For Students
4 Levels:  Elementary (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8), Secondary (Grades 9-12); College
Description
National French Week Poster Contest
Sponsor
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

Further Details

  • The poster theme must appear on each entry.  No copyrighted figures. Each entry must be the original work of a current French student whose teacher is an AATF member for 2008.  No group entries.  Limit: 5 entries per school. N
  • The student's name, grade, level of French, school, school address and telephone number, and teacher's full name must be written on the front of the essay.  Submissions with incomplete information will not be judged
  • Posters must measure 18" x 24" and have a flat surface with no moving parts.  No three-dimensional posters accepted.  No glue is to be used.  Tempera paint, india ink, markers, flairs, or crayons may be used.  Use white poster paper.  Mail entries flat.
Judging Criteria: Visual impact, theme relevance, originality.  Remember that the use of color is important to visual impact. Large areas of white reduce the visual impact of the submission.) All essays become the property of the AATF and may be used in AATF publications or materials.   Students may enter both the AATF essay and poster contests. All participants in the AATF Essay  and Poster Contests will receive  certificates.  A student may  enter both contests.  First,  second, and third place winners of  each division will receive prizes to  be announced.
Submit materials to
Randa Duvick, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Meier Hall, 1800 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Application deadline
October 15
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For Students
Future Teachers
Current college student, at least in 3rd year of studies OR already with college degree.  Must be an American citizen  (or have green card) between 20-30 as of Oct. 1 who has spent High School in the US.  Must be proficient in French. Those without a major or minor in French but with a basic proficiency in French (about 3 semesters of study) OR those who have lived  in a Francophone country may also apply.
Description French Government Teaching Assistantship / for France
The French Ministry of Educatio and the Cultural Services oat the French Embassy offer approximately 1500 teaching assistant positions in French primary and secondary schools and in various French teaching colleges --  the "Instituts universitaires de formation des maîtres" (IUFM)  in all parts of France and the DOM-TOMS. The stipend will be about 945 €/month (about 780€ after SS & health care costs, which may not be deferred).  You will be expeced to teach English conversation 12 hours/week from October through May. Students from CT will be placed in the Toulouse area.

This is a unique opportunity to
    - spend 6-9 months in France with a monthly stipend
    - have a privileged insight into contemporary France
    -
master the French language through linguistic immersion
    - gain valuable teaching experience

Click here for links to download program information, application, and application instructions.
Sponsor French Ministry of Education. Contact person: Marjorie Nelson : 4101 Reservoir R. NW, Washington, DC
Application deadline TBA (usually mid-October)
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For Students
graduate level; Proficient spoken & written French required at application. Language study begun afterwards is insufficient

Description
Fulbright Research Scholar Grant / France
Two to five research awards of 3 to 6 months' duration in any field. One award in French studies of 3 to 6 months' duration. One award in multidisciplinary studies of 3 to 6 months' duration. Three awards of up to 9 months' duration with research institutions in the region of Aquitaine. Four awards of up to 12 months' duration with research institutions in the region of Nord-Pas de Calais.
Program Overview: Proposals for research projects will be evaluated not only for their scholarly, artistic or professional excellence but also for the potential in increasing mutual understanding between France and the United States.
Sponsor
Franco-American Commission on Cultural Exchange Contact persons: Andrew Riess ( 202-686-6247) and April Nicole Nicholson (202.686-6241)
Application deadline
October 1.  Click for application information
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For Students
M.A. or Ph.D. candidates preferred, but all levels considered. See individual program descriptions for other requirements

Description
Fulbright Full Grants
Check program descriptions for Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, France, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Ivory CoastMali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal
Fulbright full grants generally provide round-trip transportation; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; supplemental health and accident insurance; tuition, in some cases; and language or orientation courses, where appropriate. Comprehensive Fulbright grants are payable in local currency or U.S. dollars, depending on country of assignment. Check individual country websites for more details on language, visa, research clearance,  affiliations, etc.

Sponsor
U.S. Student Program - Fulbright Program
Application deadline
 Mid-October for postmark from university:  campus dates will be earlier!  Click for application information
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For Administrators
Supervisors demonstrating a commitment to international education through support of the study of  languages,  innovative and curricular and extra-curricular programs which enhance the study of French, support for professional development specifically for language teachers, and support for a cross-discplinary school- or campus-wide presence for languages.
Description AATF-French Embassy-Concordia Villages Administrator of the Year Award
Created to recognize an administrator (principal or superintendent) who supports the study of languages, in particular French, this award offers recognition to the winner and provides a stay at Concordia Language Villages to be awarded to a student in the school/district.
Click  for more info
Sponsor
AATF, French Embassy, Concordia Language Villages
Application deadline
December 1 

For Teachers For French teachers
Description ISE Language Matters Award
Sponsored by Intercultural Student Experiences, this award recognizes a teacher who strives to provide authentic cultural and speaking experiences for his/her students.
Click here for more information.  Nomination deadline: February 1 each year.  See the National Bulletin for more information.

Sponsor
NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Application deadline
February 1  
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For Teachers FL teachers who have demonstrated leadershp potential at their schools, colleges or universities, and/or at the local, state, regional or national level.
Description NECTFL/Mead Leadership Fellows Program for participation at the 2006 Northeast Conference, including registration, three nights' lodging, participation on Thursday in a leadership orientation program and one preconference workshop, invitation to the Friday Chair's Reception and follow-up mentoring by NECTFL Bd members and state association leaders. Click here for more information and for registration form.
Sponsor
NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Application deadline
December 1  For Connecticut teachers, mail to CT COLT, address TBA.

Other Avenues of assistance for teachers:
EGIDE
bourses d'excellence Eiffel
International Education Exchange
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
US Department of Educatio

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