The application cycle for the 2024–25 American Library Visiting Fellowship is closed.

The selection committee has chosen the 2024–25 Fellows and Scholars of Note.

The application cycle for the 2025–26 American Library Visiting Fellowship will open on 1 February 2025.

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship

Enriching cross-cultural intellectual discourse since 2013

What is the 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 offers 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.

There are two one-month Fellowship periods a year in fall and spring, with dates to be specified later.

A $5,000 stipend will be paid before start of a 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. 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 American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of The de Groot Foundation.

Who should apply?

We welcome the applications of all researchers, journalists, writers (both fiction and non-fiction), poets, screenwriters, playwrights, directors, and documentary filmmakers.

Applicants should be researching or working on a project that contributes to cross-cultural discourse. Particular attention will be paid to an applicant’s ability to offer the Library’s community a variety of opportunities for exploring a topic. All topics and subject matters are eligible.

Applicants need not be American. International applicants are encouraged. The proposed project must be in English. Members of the Library governance are not eligible recipients of a Visiting Fellowship.

What is expected of Visiting Fellows?

Visiting Fellows must be in Paris during the period of the fellowship, and are expected to be present in the American Library for a minimum of three half-days a week. During their residency, fellows will present an hour-long evening program at the Library, participate in a Library reception, meet with staff informally to explore a topic of mutual interest, and extend the Library’s reach by participating in events arranged by the Library with other organizations in Paris.

At the conclusion of the Visiting Fellowship period, fellows will provide the Library and the funding foundation with a written report of the Fellowship experience. Fellows are expected to appropriately acknowledge the Library and the Visiting Fellowship in publications and print media related to the Fellowship project. Fellows will participate in the Library’s social media communication, fundraising campaigns, and other public events.

How to apply

This year’s application form asked applicants to provide a single file containing:

  • A cover letter (one page) and CV (two pages max.).
  • The narrative description of your project (one page max.). In this description, please indicate the timeline and current stage of the project, what you hope to accomplish during your residency period, and why a fellowship at the American Library will contribute to its success.
  • Three proposals (max. 50 words each) for cultural programs at the Library during your residency period. These can include evening conversations, workshops, performances, panels, or other event formats.
  • The names and contacts of two professional references.
  • A one-time application fee of 30€.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, Fellows are expected to be present in Paris during the period of the Fellowship.

Yes. We give equal weight to applications from France-based creatives.

While you do not need to be a published author to apply, many of our Fellows have one or more previous publications under their belts and often have a publishing contract secured for their next project.

All applicants can expect to hear back from us with a final decision by July.

In the interest of fairness, we are unable to advise potential applicants on their materials.

In your cover letter, you should introduce yourself and your work to the committee. You might also like to add why you are interested in spending time at the American Library in Paris and its community (in Paris) in particular.

No, in the interest of fairness to other applicants, we do not grant extensions.
We encourage all interested applicants who missed the deadline to apply during the following year’s cycle.

We typically receive between 100 and 200 applications in our annual cycle, and we award two Visiting Fellowships per year.

No. Only applicants who have submitted the application fee (30€) will be considered for the Visiting Fellowship. We will inform you if your application is missing payment, but please plan to submit payment with your application in order to receive full consideration.

The application fee for the 2024–2025 cycle was 30€. If the application fee poses an issue for you, please contact

Visiting Fellows are chosen through an application process. Writers-in-Residence are invited directly by the Library, and are typically more senior or established authors. We do not consider proposals for Writers-in-Residence.

Please contact if you have any other questions.