Visiting Fellowship


American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the Library itself – deepening French-American understanding.

The Visiting Fellowship offer writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library. Fellowship applicants should be working on a book project, fiction or non-fiction, or a feature-length documentary film, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests. We are not accepting poetry projects for the present fellowships.

Particular attention will be paid to a potential fellow’s ability to offer Library members a variety of opportunities for exploring a topic or form. In addition to the stipend, the library will connect the fellow to resources and people in Paris that could be helpful to his or her project. The fellowship is open to all English-speakers, regardless of nationality.

The Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of The de Groot Foundation. There are two one-month fellowship periods a year in fall and spring, with dates to be specified later. The Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 fellows will be announced this coming June.

Visiting Fellowship award: a $5,000 stipend paid one month before start of fellowship period. The award, to be spent at the discretion of the Fellow, is designed to cover travel to Paris, accommodation, and expenses associated with the month in Paris. The fellowship is open to all nationalities, though the proposed project must be in English.

Visiting Fellows are expected to:

  • Be present in Paris during the period of the fellowship.
  • Be present in the American Library a minimum of three half-days a week.
  • Present one hour-long evening program at the Library on a mutually-agreed topic.
  • Participate in a Library members-only dinner and conversation.
  • Meet with staff informally to explore a topic of mutual interest.
  • Extend the Library’s reach by participating in events arranged by the Library with other organizations in Paris.
  • Provide the Library and the funding foundation with a written report of the fellowship experience.
  • Appropriately acknowledge the Library and the Visiting Fellowship in publications and print media related to the fellowship project.

How to apply:

The Library will begin accepting application for the 2018-2019 season toward the end of 2017, on a date that will be announced in the fall. The completed application must include:

  • Cover Letter including a 100-word abstract of project envisioned for the fellowship
  • Brief biography or CV.
  • Narrative description of project, specific outcomes and objectives for your fellowship time, resources and references you plan to consult. (two pages maximum.)
  • Although no letters of reference are required, please supply the name and contact information of two professional references willing to discuss your project with us. We will only consult references for the final three or four candidates, and will notify you beforehand in a phone conversation before the end of April 2017.
  • Application processing fee: €30 ($35 USD). No application is complete without payment, though there is no penalty if received after the application deadline -- provided that it was sent before that date.
  • Proccessing fee should be paid via PayPal. Information about that payment will be in this space once the application process begins.
  • Applications must be sent by email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Library Fellow

The Library is please to announce the Library Fellow for fall 2017:

James Verini has written extensively on Iraq, where he lived for much of the last year, and on wars, insurgencies, terrorism and political violence around Africa, where he lived from 2012 to 2016. A staff writer at National Geographic Magazine, he also contributes regularly to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. His writing about Mosul and the fight against ISIS will become a book for WW Norton, tentatively titled They Will Have to Die Now. During his fellowship he will be working on the book and on articles about the rise of nationalism and extremism across Europe.

Spring 2017: Jacqueline Woodson
Fall 2016: Doug Dechow and Anna Leahy
Spring 2016: Megan Mayhew Bergman
Fall 2015: Lan Samantha Chang
Spring 2015: Susan Hiner
Winter 2015: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Fall 2014: Alex Danchev
Fall 2013: Anthony Flint

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