CFFS Micro-Grants

LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies Micro-Grants

The CFFS Micro-Grant initiative invites members of the LSU community to convene small-scale intellectual or creative exchanges that illuminate the broad applicability of intellectual and artistic contributions from the French and Francophone world, broadly construed. All members of the LSU community – undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty – are invited to apply, although preference will be given to student and non-TT/early career faculty proposals. Successful proposals will be eligible to receive organizational support from the CFFS in the form of publicity and help securing on-campus spaces, as well as material support for honoraria and refreshments (up to $500). Whenever possible, Micro-Grant activities will be recorded and archived on the CFFS website for future reference. 

With limited exceptions, the CFFS Micro-Grant is not intended for traditional “lectures” by scholars; rather, we seek participatory formats (workshops or seminars) that encourage discussion and interaction with invited scholars or artists. This will often involve pre-circulation of materials, to establish a common ground of discussion. Applications from groups of 4 or more conveners are especially welcome, as these demonstrate sufficient interest to move forward with the project if it is approved. 

Here are some projects the CFFS would be eager to support – but we are especially open to innovative variations that exceed the suggestions below! 

  • Virtual workshops with scholars working on French or Francophone topics, or working with theories related to French or Francophone thought in any field
  • In-person seminars with local scholars whose work engages Louisiana and Caribbean studies (with at least some connection to Francophone cultures of the region)
  • Theory reading groups, including French and Francophone sources 
  • Interdisciplinary discussions that seek to broaden the scope of French Studies
  • Workshops or seminars examining issues and practices of digital humanities in French and Francophone contexts

At this time, we are not accepting micro-grant applications to support brown-bag or works-in-progress series for dissertation-stage students. Additionally, Micro-Grants cannot be used to pay for airfare, lodging or special meals. 

To apply, please submit a proposal at this link.