Visiting Fellowship

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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, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests. 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. The list of the Visiting Fellows should give a good indication of what the Library is looking for. 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:

Fall Fellowship: Four continuous weeks between October 3 and November 18, 2016.
Spring Fellowship: Four continuous weeks between March 13 and April 30, 2017

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 annual application deadline for the 2016-2017 Library Fellowship is now closedThe 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 March 2016.
  • Application processing fee: €25 ($30 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.

Applications must be sent by email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Checks must be made payable to The American Library in Paris and sent by mail to:

The American Library in Paris
10, rue du Général Camou
Paris 75007 FRANCE

Review process and notification

The Visiting Fellowship review committee, established annually, reviews fellowship applications and selects finalists during the early months of the year. Past Library fellows include: Anthony Flint (fall 2013), Alex Danchev (fall 2014), Ta-Nehisi Coates (winter 2015), Susan Hines (spring 2015), Lan Samantha Chang (fall 2015) and Megan Mayhew Bergman (spring 2016).

2016-2017 Library Fellows

The Library is please to announce the Library Fellows for fall 2016: Anna Leahy, associate professor, and Douglas Dechow subject librarian, both from Chapman University and who are also husband and wife. 

LeahyAuthorPhotoAnna Leahy is associate professor of creative writing at Chapman University. She is the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story (with Douglas R. Dechow) and Tumor, both forthcoming in 2017. Leahy edited and co-wrote What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing and publishes widely on creative writing pedagogy and the academic profession. Her poetry collection Aperture is due out in 2017, and Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize in 2007. Leahy teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University and directs Tabula Poetica, which hosts an annual Poetry Reading Series and an international journal.  Leahy earned her Ph.D. from Ohio University, her M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, and her M.A. from Iowa State University.

Fellow2016Douglas Dechow is the Sciences, Digital Humanities, and English Librarian at Chapman University. Dechow is also the Curator of the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection. Together with his wife, Anna Leahy, they write Lofty Ambitions blog, which covers aviation and spaceflight, science of the 20th century and beyond, and writing as a couple. Their book Generation Space: A Love Story is forthcoming from Stillhouse Press. Dechow is also the co-editor of Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson, a collection of essays by computer visionaries and the co-author of SQUEAK: A Quick Trip to Objectland.  He earned his MSLIS from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, his PhD in computer science from Oregon State University, his MS in applied math from Ohio University, and his BA in physics from Knox College.

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