For immediate release March 29, 2018

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Announces Winner of 2018 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

WASHINGTON, DC – The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce that Kaliane Ung, a doctoral candidate at New York University, has been awarded the 2018 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in French Studies. Established in 1934 by Isabelle Stone (ΦΒΚ, Wellesley College) in honor of her mother, this fellowship recognizes exceptional young scholars in the field of French or Greek language, literature and culture. This year the award goes to a French scholar.

Educated in Europe and the United States, Ung plans to use the fellowship stipend of $20,000 for a project called “Wounded Writings: Joë Bousquet, Hervé Guibert, Violette Leduc, Simone Weil.” In the words of her proposal, she intends to explore “how the text works as a survival tool when violence and suffering alter the body.” 

A Sibley selection panel member praised her proposal, stating, “Kaliane Ung's dissertation in progress… takes an original approach to the problem of the wounded individual by examining cases of literal, imaginary, and self-inflicted wounds and . . . the interplay with philosophy and ethics in the cases of Bousquet and Weil, gender studies in the case of Leduc, and science in the case of Guibert. This is a very fine project.”

For more information on the Sibley Fellowship email 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 286 colleges and universities in the United States, almost 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 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