The deadline for submission has passed for the 2017 Jensen Fellowship. The 2018 application process will begin in October of 2017.
The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship for French Language, Literature, and Culture aims 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. Established in 2001 by Professor Walter J. Jensen (ΦΒΚ, UCLA), the fellowship is awarded for at least six continuous months of study in France and carries a stipend originally set in 1995 at $10,000, to be adjusted for inflation. The stipend for 2016 was $15,500. 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.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens under the age of 40 who can demonstrate how an active use of the French language plays a role in their current or future career. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in French language and literature from an accredited four-year institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Successful candidates must demonstrate superior competence in French, according to the standards established by the American Association of Teachers of French.
The Jensen Fellowship 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 as The French Review.
Before applying, interested candidates should thoroughly read the application form and the eligibility requirements .
Completed application forms and recommendation & transcript forms should be sent electronically to Jen Horneman.
Please direct questions about the award or the nomination process to Jen Horneman via email or at 202-745-3287.