For immediate release April 30, 2019

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Announces 2019 Winner of
 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship

WASHINGTON, DC – The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chosen Jason Hong, doctoral candidate in French at Yale University, as the winner of the 2019 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional promise as a scholar and teacher of French language, literature and culture. Established in 2001 by Professor Walter J. Jensen (ΦΒΚ, UCLA), this award provides this year’s winner with a stipend of $16,865 and round-trip travel to France for six months of continuous study. 
Hong (ΦBK, UCLA) earned his Master’s degree from Yale University and has received several grants and fellowships including the 2018 Clara Levillain Prize and the 2018 MacMillan Center Pre-Dissertation Grant for International and Area Studies, both from Yale.
He plans to use the Jensen Fellowship for his project “A Different Worldview: Francophone Literature, Monde, and the Resistance to the Universal.” Hong seeks “to better understand contemporary debates over French universalism,” and plans to conduct research in France to show “that francophone writers have long proposed alternative ideologies to the universal through the concept of monde (‘world’).”
The recommendations supporting Hong’s application highlight the strength of his project plan, which includes critical archival research at several different institutions in France, cultural research in literary milieus and participation in seminars, workshops, and other events in Paris. Also noted are his masterful command of French, as well as his fluency in Cantonese and his proficiency in Arabic, the latter of which will allow him to navigate the cultural intersections of his intellectual inquiry.
As one member of the selection panel commented, the proposed research will enable Hong “to trace the historical trajectory of the concept of “monde” in work of francophone intellectuals,” an approach that “promises to shed new light on debates over forms of identity in France and the francophone world.”
For more information on the Jensen Fellowship, please email ΦBK Awards Coordinator Jen Horneman.


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit