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Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund

The France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund supports scholarly collaborations in all disciplines between The University of Texas at Austin and institutions of higher learning in France.

At a Glance

Program Features:

Seed funding for bi-national collaborations


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The endowment fund has a two-fold mission:

  • To support research collaborations between faculty at UT Austin and institutions in France; and
  • To facilitate awareness and connections across the UT Austin community for French culture, workforce, and education.

The France-UT endowment is named in honor of Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette. Dr. DeWitt-Morette’s storied career, her efforts to improve global relations for the scientific community, and her reputation as a determined innovator embody the spirit of the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund. This endowment solidifies the commitment between France and The University of Texas at Austin to support faculty and students who exemplify some of Dr. DeWitt-Morette’s finest qualities: creativity, determination, passion, and vision. These individual qualities, supported by the rich cultural heritage of innovation and the resources provided by the endowment, will lead to generations of joint discoveries and deeper ties between the people of France and Texas.

Research Seed Funding

The Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund supports faculty with peer collaborators at institutions in France to conduct research in the STEM fields. Interdisciplinary collaborations with social sciences are encouraged. Applicants may request seed funding of up to $10,000 to propose a new research project with a peer collaborator at a French institution/organization.

Applications Are Now Closed

Deadlines for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 to be determined.

For more information, contact us at txglobal-grants@austin.utexas.edu.