In this time of intense global competition, the Partner University Fund (PUF) is creating new educational and research partnerships across disciplines and national boundaries to prepare our brightest young scholars to be world leaders in their respective fields.
Established in 2007, PUF is a collaboration between the French government and American private and corporate donors to support academic partnerships between French and American institutions of higher education. PUF promotes three-year university academic and research partnerships at the graduate and post-doctoral levels of study. This innovative program supports joint research, mobility of professors and students, dual degrees, and shared curricula in all disciplines.
Whereas many programs provide highly specific funding that makes diverse partnerships difficult, PUF offers the advantage of a single funding tool to support complex, multifaceted projects. PUF co-finances up to 30% of the total project cost (up to $80,000 per year). Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PUF co-finances projects in the humanities up to 60% of the total cost (up to $160,000 per year).
There are currently 43 American and 42 French universities participating in PUF, highlighting both the need and enthusiasm for meaningful academic cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the past five years, the program has awarded 66 three-year grants in a variety of disciplines including business, law, earth sciences, and musicology. Indeed, interest in the program continues to grow. Since 2007 applications have risen 30%, reaching 100 per year on average.
The New York University Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (UMI CNRS-NYU) organizes a public symposium entitled “Aurignacian Genius: Art, Technology and Society of the first Modern Humans in Europe” on Tuesday April 9, 2013. This symposium will be held at New York University (the Kimmel Center, Room 914, 60 Washington Square South, New York) from 1 pm until 4:30 pm on April 9. Co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Partner University Fund, this public session aims at bringing the current scientific knowledge concerning the origins of the arts in Europe accessible to the general public. Program and registration form: Aurignacian Genius General Public (PDF) You are welcome attend this public session by returning the registration form to: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1st, 2013.
The members of the PUF Grant Review Committee met on Friday June 29th, 2012 under the co-presidency of Professor Patrick Louchouarn, and Dr. Christophe Laux in order to choose the laureates among the 98 grant applications of the fifth call for projects.
Altogether 11 laureates were selected and subsequently approved by the PUF Steering and the board of FACE: two projects are listed in the field of Humanities and will be co-financed by PUF and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and one project has been selected for the Cybersecurity call for project and will be funded by Thomson Reuters.