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Blinken European Institute – Alliance Program Collaborative Teaching Grant (2013-2014)

This call for applications invites faculty to submit proposals for a jointly taught course on modern and contemporary Europe. We encourage innovative formats. The Blinken Institute and the Alliance Program will provide up to $10,000 for travel, materials, technological support, and other expenses in the creation and teaching of the course. More information is available in the Call for Applications for 2013-2014.

Application deadline: March 25, 2013.

Calls for Joint Projects

The Alliance Calls for Joint Projects are intended to support transatlantic projects of the highest quality, both in scientific research and collaborative teaching efforts, between faculty members of all disciplines within the Alliance network. The Alliance Calls for Joint Projects aim to promote new efforts in joint research proposal development, pilot research, collaborative teaching endeavors, and other activities in order to create new transatlantic collaborative initiatives.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, grants of up to $30,000 will be available for each of the two main categories: JOINT RESEARCH PROJECTS and INNOVATIVE CO-TEACHING INITATIVES.

The Alliance Calls for Joint Projects are open to full-time faculty members at Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University, in all disciplines. Projects must be presented jointly by at least one faculty member from Columbia University and one faculty member from any one of the three French institutions. Faculty members who do not have contacts within the network are welcome to seek guidance from the Alliance team to find a partner. Third parties may be part of the Joint Project team as long as the team includes at least one faculty member from Columbia University and at least one faculty member from any one of the three French institutions.

Please fill out and submit the 2014-2015 application form, in English only, to Lauranne Bardin (
Extended deadline: July 15th, 2013.

Descriptions of the winning projects for 2013-2014 can be found in the list of current recipients on the Joint Projects page. A list of previous winners can be found here.


The Alliance Program would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2013-2014 Alliance Grants for Doctoral Mobility. To meet this year' Awardees, please visit the list of current recipients Doctoral Mobility page.

> List of past Doctoral Mobility award recipients


The summer school is designed for PhD students and those in early stages of their research career.

The residential school, held September 9-20, 2013, at the Ecole Polytechnique campus, will consist of:

Lecture courses
Pedagogical courses covering the fluid dynamics relevant to sustainability and the environment (including: Fundamentals of fluid mechanics, Flow instabilities, Environmental fluid dynamics & cryosphere, Atmosphere & ocean)

Guest lectures
Advanced topics (including: Climate change and IPCC, Fluid-structure interactions, Fluvial and maritime renewable energy)

Laboratory experiments
Project-based investigations of fluid flows

Computational projects
Numerical simulations of fluid flows

Paul Linden, Jean-Marc Chomaz, Riwal Plougonven, Vladimir Zeitlin, Colm Caulfield, Grae Worster, Peter Haynes, John Taylor, Alexandre Stegner, Caroline Muller, Paul Billant, Lutz Lesshafft, Emmanuel De Langre, Herve Le Treut

Full board and lodging will be provided on the campus of Ecole Polytechnique, in the Paris area. The cost for the school and lodging is € 2000. Bursaries may be available and should be requested with the application.

To apply please send a CV and two academic references to before March 16, 2013.

Successful applicants will be informed by April 16, 2013.

A travel award sponsored by the Alliance Program at Columbia University will be available for a Ph.D. student from Columbia University who has been accepted into the program and is studying a relevant discipline. The call for applications for the travel award will be launched at the end of April.

Co-sponsored by the Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Cambridge, and the Alliance Program at Columbia University.



Call for Doctoral Mobility

Open to doctoral students from the Alliance network, the Call for Doctoral Mobility encourages and finances research stays in one of the partner institutions.
> Grants up to $4,000

Next deadline: September 30th, 2013.
2014-2015 application form
2014-2015 Instructions for Professors

Welcome Brochure for 2013-2014 Students

> List of this year's Doctoral Mobility award recipients

> Partner University Fund (PUF) Call for Projects

The Partner University Fund (PUF) was established in May 2007 under the auspices of the FACE Foundation, NYC and the Embassy of France to the United States with the aim to promote innovative and sustainable partnerships between French and US institutions for research and education. PUF supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial 3 years grant and currently supports 55 multifaceted partnerships in all fields of study, including projects initially generated under the Alliance program.

Partnerships may combine elements such as:

- Joint initiatives in Research and publications

- Faculty and postdoctoral mobility

- Collaboration in teaching

- Shared programs

- Joint and dual degrees at the master’s and PhD levels

Research partnerships established within the Alliance network are eligible.

The Partner University Fund (PUF) and Sanofi are also glad to re-launch their joint call for projects for partnerships on Public Health. This initiative includes the selection of one partnership in the field of Public Health and more specifically the access to medicine in emerging countries.

For more information:

Please consult the following Guidelines

Applications :

Funding decisions will be announced in March for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Applications for 2014-2015 will be due on the application portal in early January, 2014.

Contact :

PUF team at : or +1 212 439 1463

> AXA Research Fund

The AXA Research Fund provides grants for research institutions, projects and Chairs, as well as doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, with the mission to boost scientific progress and discoveries that contribute to understanding and preventing environmental, life and socio-economic risks. Projects must fit one of these three categories of risk identified by the AXA Scientific Board, but can come from any discipline.

Calls for the 2013 campaign will begin at the end of 2012.

For more information, please visit

> Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fellowship program and the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship program have different modes of selection but they are both highly prestigious and merit-based. Chateaubriand recipients receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.

Applications are now open:
STEM application deadline: February 1st, 2013.
HSS application deadline: January 14th, 2013.

For more information, please visit

> Fulbright Programs

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes the English Teaching Assistant component.

For more information, please visit

Please note that Columbia students must submit an online application in order to seek University nomination for the Fulbright IIE Scholarship. The deadline for this internal application is Monday, September 10th.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States. Some scholarships are renewed after the initial year of study. A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, it brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.
The deadline for application to the Fulbright Foreign student program is December 1, 2012, for students, and February 1, 2013, for doctoral students.

For more information, please click here.

Instructions for how to apply are available here.

> Institut des Amériques doctoral contracts and project applications

Doctoral contract, research funding and project opportunities for students and researchers at institutions that are members of the Institut des Amériques (including Sciences Po and Pantheon-Sorbonne University).

Applications are due September 5, 2012 for doctoral contract applications and September 22, 2012 for project and funding applications.

For more information, please visit

> Fernand Braudel-IFER postdoctoral fellowships

The Fernand Braudel-IFER programme offers postdoctoral fellowships to researchers in the social and human sciences (SHS) who wish to have an international research experience.
The Fernand Braudel-IFER incoming programme is intended specifically for foreign researchers who wish to benefit from a research stay in France.

Incoming applications are accepted at a number of laboratories at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (IPOPS, HASTEC, RESMED) and Sciences Po (IDDRI). Please consult the fellowship offering for a detailed list.

Application deadline: October 2, 2013
(noon GMT).

For additional information, online application forms (accessible September 2 - October 2, 2012), conditions of admission, and details about selection process, please click here.

> Academic Missions

The Alliance Program supports short term visits to partner institutions.

Please contact us for more information.

> Workshops & Conferences

The Alliance Program supports projects of workshops and conferences involving faculty in partner institutions.

Please contact us for more information.

> Visiting Professorship

Please see all the information on our Visiting Professorship programs here.


The Alliance Program is an engine aimed at developing collaborative research projects across the Atlantic, in all fields:

> Circulating and Connecting Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1850, Pamela Smith (Columbia University) and Bruno Belhoste (Universite Paris I)

> Invisible Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (1450-1850), Pamela Smith (Columbia University) and Bruno Belhoste (Pantheon-Sorbonne University)

> Validation of Maternal Mortality collected during Retrospective Interviews by the Sisterhood Estimator
Armelle Andro (Universite Paris I) and Stephane Helleringer (Columbia University)

> Beyond national history: State formation in transnational perspective: Institutions, political practices and society
Annick Lempérière (Universite Paris I) and Pablo Piccato (Columbia University)

> Long-term investment and R&D decisions under uncertainty: theory and applications to Multinational Firms' Production Decisions
Jean-Pierre Ponssard (Ecole Polytechnique) and Catherine Thomas (Columbia Business School)

> Human rights and economic globalization: the Columbia-Sciences Po partnership for transnational advocacy
Jeremy Perelman (Sciences Po Law School) and Peter Rosenblum (Columbia Law School)

> Elites Research Network
Christophe Charle (Universite Paris I), Shamus Khan (Columbia), Patrick Le Gales (Sciences Po), Bertrand Reau (Universite Paris I), Sudhir Venkatesh (Columbia) and Dorian Warren (Columbia).




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Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Alliance is an innovative program that aims to create and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Since its founding, Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.