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2021 AATF Summer Scholarships

Note: No scholarships were awarded in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.

Information on any scholarships available in 2021 will be posted during the winter months 0f 2021 as we receive confirmation.

Click here to see list of previous scholarship winners.

2021 applications for all teacher scholarships must be submitted electronically at

Recommendations should be emailed as attachments (no Google Docs) to

1. AATF Jane Black Goepper Memorial Scholarships (confirmed)
The AATF offers two teacher professional development scholarships for study abroad in a French-speaking country in the amount of $3000 each. These scholarships are open to AATF members only.   Deadline: February 28

2. Vichy, France (2021 to be confirmed)

In 2020, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy is offering an AATF member who teaches at the K-12 levels one scholarship  SPCD (Stages pédagogiques de courte durée) for study in France during the summer. The program provides intensive study of French language, teaching French, and modern French culture. The stage de perfectionnement will address French language teaching methodology and are aimed at teachers of French at the primary or secondary school levels. The 2020 program will be held July 20-31 at the CAVILAM – Alliance française de Vichy.   AATF members should apply through the AATF for this scholarships.  AATF deadline: February 28

Each grant includes (approximate):

  • Cost of the training program;
  • Train tickets from the arrival city in France to the city of the training center (round-trip, second class)
  • Housing costs: homestay with a French family (breakfast and dinner included)
  • An allowance (about 225 euros in 2019, subject to change) covering lunches at the training center and various expenses (purchase of books, bus tickets, etc.)
  • A $600 allowance for the purchase of international plane tickets (the purchase of the plane tickets is the responsibility of the participant).

Applicants must be full-time teachers in accredited U.S. schools, have been assigned to teach the French language and/or French culture in grades K-12 for the past three years, U.S. citizens or permanent residents (French citizens are not eligible to apply); and highly proficient in French (C1 level*). Applicants must not have received a grant from the French government within the last three years.

* L’utilisateur de la langue au niveau C1 est autonome. Il est capable d’établir une communication aisée et spontanée. Il possède un répertoire lexical large et peut choisir une expression adéquate pour introduire ses commentaires. Il produit un discours clair, bien construit et sans hésitation qui montre l’utilisation maîtrisée des structures.

3. Francophonia Nice (2021 to be confirmed)
Francophonia Nice is offering AATF members six scholarships to their program. The scholarships cover a two-week program with 25 hours of training, lectures, evening culinary experiences, and excursions to discover the Riviera. The program will cover approximately the last week of June through mid July, specific dates to be determined once candidates have been selected.   The AATF will also include a $500 stipend to help with travel expenses.   Application deadline: February 28

Click here for more information on Francophonia Nice.

4. Wallonie-Bruxelles International (2021 to be confirmed)
For the past decade, Wallonie-Bruxelles International offered two summer scholarships to Belgium for AATF members and their students preparing to be teachers. Recipients will attend a two-week language training session at the Université de Liège. In the past the scholarships have included tuition and fees, housing in a university residence hall, and a stipend for meals. Transportation is at the charge of awardees. Please note that this year the scholarships are for future teachers of French.  Therefore, candidates must be regular or student members of the AATF or recommended by a current AATF member. The AATF will also include a $500 stipend to help with travel expenses.  Application deadline: February 28

5.  Walter Jensen Student Scholarship (confirmed)
2021 applications for all teacher scholarships must be submitted electronically at

Recommendations should be emailed as attachments (no Google Docs) to .

Thanks to the generosity of the late Walter Jensen, the AATF is able to offer one scholarship for study abroad to a future teacher of French.  The yearly $2000 scholarship is intended to help a student pay for a semester or year’s study abroad experience he or she might not otherwise be able to afford. The next award will be made for the academic year 2020-2021.

Student applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application and enrolled in an established teacher education program (B.A., B.S., or M.A.T.) in French. Applications for independent study abroad trips, subsidized travel, or summer programs will not be considered. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a non-native speaker of French. He or she must be sponsored by an AATF member teacher.

The $2000 student scholarship will be paid directly to the study abroad program of the recipient’s choice to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs for a semester-long or one-year study abroad program in a Francophone country. The recipient may attend an established program in any Francophone country that is accredited by his or her American university. Students may also attend established programs sponsored by universities other than their own providing credit is transferable. Cash payments will not be made directly to recipients.   Application deadline for Jensen Scholarship only: March 15

General Requirements for all Teacher Scholarships

Selection Process

Scholarships will be awarded to members who indicate a plan to use the scholarship to benefit themselves professionally and to enhance or expand the curriculum for students through a pedagogical project. Applications will be reviewed, and the decisions will be announced within approximately a month of the application deadline. A number of factors will be weighed: clarity and specificity of the candidate’s statement and project (1-2 pages); reasons for applying and level of French (candidates are expected to have a level of proficiency which will allow them to follow university-level coursework in French); teaching assignment; evidence of professional commitment; future career plans in education; and letters of recommendation.

As a follow-up, all scholarship recipients are expected, where possible, to (1) prepare a cultural project on the country to be disseminated through the AATF and (2) present a session on the same topic at the 2021 AATF convention in New Orleans.


Applicants for all scholarships should do the following:

  1. Complete the appropriate online application form.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation via email attachment (no Google Docs) with the candidate’s name and AATF Scholarships indicated in the subject field to []. (For teachers: one of the letters should come from the principal, dean, or department chairperson, and one from someone who knows the candidate’s work well. For students: one of the letters should be from the AATF member sponsoring their application and the other from someone who knows their work well.) These letters of recommendation should contain a serious, detailed evaluation of the applicant’s professional and personal qualities.
  3. All teacher materials must be received by February 28, 2021.  Jensen Student Scholarship materials must be received by March 15, 2021.


Last Updated: July 27, 2021

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