Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature, and Culture

Awards at least $10,000 for at six months study in France.

The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is awarded for at least six months of study in France. The purpose of the award is to help educators and researchers improve education in standard French language, literature and culture and in the study of standard French in the United States.

The stipend for 2017 was $15,900. Phi Beta Kappa will also cover a single round-trip, economy-class ticket for the recipient to travel to France; some additional support may be available to those with dependent children.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be U.S. citizens under the age of 40 who can demonstrate their career does or will involve active use of the French language. They must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA in French language and literature as a major. They must demonstrate superior competence in French, according to the standards established by the American Association of Teachers of French. 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 (preferably in French) to a scholarly publication such asThe French Review. Preference may be given to members of Phi Beta Kappa and educators at the secondary school level or higher.

Application Process

Applicants should thoroughly review the extended eligibility requirements available on the website before submitting an application.

The application form and recommendation & transcript forms are also available on the opportunity's website. These forms should be sent electronically to Jen Horneman at

Questions about the application may be directed to Jen Horneman via email or at 202-745-3287.