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.
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 closed.
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 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.
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 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), and Lan Samantha Chang (fall 2015).
The Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of The de Groot Foundation.
Library Fellows 2015-2016
Lan Samantha Chang was the Library fellow in November 2015. Chang is a poet and author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and three novels, Inheritance, All Is Forgotten, and Nothing Is Lost. She directs the leading American MFA program in writing, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, at the University of Iowa - the first female, and the first Asian American, to hold that position. She also teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the Library fellow in April 2016. Bergman hails from Vermont, where she writes novels and short stories and teaches creative writing at Bennington College. Her first story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published in 2012; another collection, Almost Famous Women, just out, and her first novel, Rebel, Rebel, is forthcoming from Scribner. She will be speaking at the Library on Wednesday 13 April about the evolution of artistic support for women during the Modernist era. While in Paris, Bergman will be working on a novel based on the real-life human zoos which were established around the world at the turn of the century, and a series of essays about the collision of strangeness and beauty in the natural world.