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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


The Embassy of France in the United States


Laura Caloudas
Senior Program Coordinator


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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 Colloquium

UT Austin will host the inaugural Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette research colloquium in Spring 2023. The colloquium will fulfill the mission of the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT endowment by creating a robust platform for scholarly exchange within specific fields.