Fulbright-CY Initiative Award (CY Cergy Paris Université and ESSEC Business School)
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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Conduct research or a combination of teaching and research, and collaborate with colleagues at a research center at any of these two member institutions of CY Initiative: Cergy Paris Université, ESSEC Business School. Through collaborations with these members of CY Initiative, other members of CY Alliance may be considered, such as the schools of art and architecture.
An academic department or research center affiliated with CY Initiative, which consists of CY Cergy Paris Université and ESSEC Business School. Incoming researchers will be hosted by the CY Advanced Studies, the Institute of Advanced Studies of CY Initiative. Cergy is located approximately 20 miles from Paris, in the northwestern suburbs.
CY Initiative welcomes candidates in all fields.
CY Initiative aims to shed light on major contemporary societal issues. These major issues are approached in their global complexity, by favoring an interdisciplinary approach. Particular attention will be paid to projects that address societal challenges related to the fields of economics, finance, and management; heritage science (interdisciplinary approach to historic conservation and cultural heritage studies); art and luxury; risk management (mathematical, economic and financial modelling); and society and security.
CY Initiative gathers 25 research centers and two national centers of excellence in Modeling Sciences and Heritage Sciences. For an overview of research and laboratories at CYU, see the following directories in English from member institutions:
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CY Initiative of Excellence brings together CY Cergy Paris Université and ESSEC Business school, to create one of the 17 French Universities of Excellence, selected by the French government.
CY Cergy Paris Université is a multidisciplinary teaching and research university located just outside of Paris, created in January 2020. It is the result of a merger of several French academic institutions: the University of Cergy-Pontoise, EISTI School of Engineering, Paris Seine University, and the close partnership of ESSEC Business School.
It has four graduate schools, focusing respectively on science and technology; arts and humanities; education; and law and political science. Scholars interested in business and management may also be associated with the ESSEC Business School, which offers graduate programs in those fields.
CY Cergy Paris Université's research laboratories cover a wide range of fields, from bioengineering to information technology, education, law, mathematics, and finance.
€2,800 (approx. $3,100) per month. There is no allocation for accompanying dependents.
International travel allowance provided for grantee only. All research scholars receive a travel allowance of €1,200 (approx. $1,300).
- Scholars will be integrated into the community of visiting fellows based at CY Advanced Studies, with regular conferences and opportunities for exchange and networking.
- They will have the possibility of housing on-campus (one- to three-bedroom apartments) at the International Research House.
- They will have a free on-site office.
- Visa fees will be waived for Fulbright grantees and their accompanying dependents. The Fulbright Commission will provide support and guidance for the visa process
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
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The country has an excellent and accessible healthcare system, a high-quality public school system starting at nursery school, comprehensive public transportation and high-speed rail networks, and lively cultural scene.
France is also a key place to do research, teach, or pursue professional development. It is home to 72 universities, 227 engineering schools, 220 business schools, 45 state art schools, 22 architecture schools, and 3000 private institutions of higher education. Research is a high priority: 2.22% of the country's GDP is devoted to research and development. The CNRS (national scientific research council) produces the highest number of scientific publications in the world. More on reasons to choose France and the French research landscape.
Applicants can find useful practical information about life in France (housing, schooling, etc.) through free national Euraxess network.
Being a Fulbrighter in France
Fulbright France hosts two all-grantee events every year (orientation in September and mid-year meeting in February) in Paris. Fulbrighters gather together to get practical information, meet each other, learn about important issues in French society, and explore the cultural sites of Paris. There are also other activities on offer, including conferences, informal gatherings around a galette des rois or French cheeses, and concerts from Fulbright musicians.
Candidates interested in applying can visit the Franco-American Commission's website. For more detailed information, contact Charlotte Goodwin, Head of the American Section at the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, at email@example.com.
Quotes from Fulbright scholar alumni:
"My fellowship helped me establish new connections and cement existing research collaborations with French scientists and their students in a substantial way that will carry forward for at least the next decade. The program also gave me a new window into the graduate education of French students that I will bring back to my home institution and that will benefit them and future exchanges that will occur. Finally, the experience gave me, and my family a much more detailed picture and appreciation of France and its people with new insights into its history and prehistory, people, and society."
"I refer to this year as the 'magical year' because I was able to focus on my research, to make enduring connections with researchers based in France, to drastically deepen my ability to work in French, and to enjoy my daily life in a way I often find impossible while I’m in the midst of a full semester of teaching, administrative work, and meetings at my home institution. I came to better understand French academia and to build professionally meaningful relationships at my host institution. I was a citizen of a city, a member of an institution, and a speaker of a language in which I was immensely happy."
“The Fulbright program enabled me to develop several completely new avenues of research that would have been absolutely impossible without having this extended time to be in residence in my French host lab. On a personal level, Fulbright enabled me and my family to have a fascinating and immersive year in European culture that will especially benefit our kids for decades to come.”
Fulbright France has an active YouTube channel with many interviews of Fulbrighters past and present: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComFulbrightFR.
There is also a blog with posts from grantees: https://laureatscommissionfrancoamericaine.wordpress.com/
Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.