Application for Marguerite W. Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship

The Marguerite W. Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship provides $2000 for research-related travel in continental France. Application is open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors. The Fellowship seeks to support students who wish to undertake research or creative work that is inspired by a desire to delve more deeply into a French-related subject and/or that is linked to future thesis work. It may also be undertaken in connection with study abroad in Europe, but the travel must be supplementary to any travel or excursions included in an organized study abroad program. The fellowship may not be applied to either the charges of a study abroad program or the costs of any travel in France that is part of a study abroad program.

Students will be required to write a 3-page report to the donor upon their return. The report will be posted on the CFLLC website.

This year’s application deadline in April 30. Students must submit a 1-page project proposal (detailing its focus, location, length, methods), a preliminary budget (transport, lodging, costs), an official copy of their Williams transcript and one confidential letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with the proposed project and can speak to its merits.

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Previous Recipients

  • Theresa Morley McLaughlin

    Hiking boots and diving snorkel: Theresa Morley-McLauglin ’21 needed both for her research on French National Parks

    “During my visit to Calanques National Park, I explored the park’s marine territory by scuba diving, which turned out to be an unexpectedly powerful experience because it forcefully reminded me of the importance of all living creatures and ecosystems. Although I know that climate change is an incredibly far reaching problem, when I think of its negative effects, my brain goes first to the shrinking glaciers and the poor polar bears. I don’t immediately consider the fish, crustaceans, arthropods, or underwater plants whose habitat is likewise threatened by our changing planet.”

    (Theresa studied at the Wellesley-in-Aix Study Abroad Program.)

  • Caleigh Paster ’21 on a Quest for Plant-based Cuisine in France

    From Buddha Bowls to Faux-gras: Caleigh Paster ’21 on a Quest for Plant-based Cuisine in France

    “One of (my host mother’s) friends runs a Facebook group for vegetarians in Aix, where every week they get together at a restaurant, taking over the storefront, to eat a wonderful plant-based meal. I had not expected this support and community that surrounds the vegetarian culture in France. However, this community is only found if you seek it out. As my host father made clear, the classic French dishes are not vegetarian: foie gras, croque monsieur, escargot, etc.” (Caleigh studied at the Wellesley-in-Aix Study Abroad Program.)
  • Shaheen in Paris

    Shaheen Currimjee ’20 connects with Muslim women immigrants in Paris

    “For me, the most important part of the (interviewing) process is trust, and to gain a stranger’s trust is no easy feat, especially since I was asking them to talk about intimate and personal stories, which included struggle, loss, and stress. Drawing from my previous interviewing techniques, I relied heavily on creating a connection through shared experiences––I too was Muslim and living (temporarily) in a new environment.”
  • Bethel Shekour ’19 explores the warp and weft of the Ethiopian community in Paris

    “I was able to probe the following questions regarding the role of food in Ethiopian communities in Paris: where are Ethiopian food vendors located and do they cater to communities outside of their own? What do they communicate through their decor, music and advertisements to those from their own community and to those outside the community? Are there other social determinants that play a part in Ethiopian communities?”

  • Merudjina Normil ’19 explores the work of Senegalese women filmmakers and the lives of Senegalese migrants and Afro-French people in Paris

    “After an amazing abroad experience in Dakar, Senegal researching the place of women in film, I wanted to push my research towards a different francophone context with the same subject. Thanks to the Marguerite W. Friedberg Award, I could afford to conduct research on Afro-French and Franco-Senegalese women filmmakers in Paris to see if/how they were combating the male gaze and constructing Senegalese womanhood.”
  • Julian Smedley( on the left) in Le Grand Bol Chinese restaurant

    Julian Smedley ’19 researches immigrant cuisine in Paris: how it is regarded, and how it tastes (c’est délicieux!)

    “There is clearly a difference between how the average “Français de souche” conceives of immigrant cuisine and how French chefs do so. The conception of immigrant cuisine as lower class means that immigrant restaurants have to price lower to bring in customers. This is unfortunate, as the soft, delicate cockles I ate at Le Grand Bol far surpassed the tough, greasy and more expensive escargot I ate at a French bistro the next day.”
  • Ryan Buggy

    Ryan Buggy ’19 meets Les Sweet Simones and La Big Bertha: a study of the fascinating world of the neo-burlesque

    “The time that I spent in Paris going to burlesque shows and meeting artists helped me understand the power of this genre of performance. Burlesque is a tool of empowerment: performers and audiences alike get to experience a space where different bodies and sexualities are applauded, and where artists can engage with subjects as complex as misogyny, racism, and homophobia in comical yet critical ways. At a neo-burlesque show, you will meet mothers, survivors, queer people, and other diverse performers who take to the stage and undress not only their clothing but also the bigotry and challenges they face in their everyday lives. It is an international art; burlesque was born in the Parisian cabaret, but resurrected in New York only to travel back across the ocean to French stages.”

  • Alexia Barandiaran

    Alexia Barandiaran ’19 explores French ballet history in and out of her ballet shoes

    I adored Mme. Legrée’s class. She was not as keen on smaller details and spoke a lot about her stylistic preferences. She also made sure that dance was good for our body. During my first class with her, she stopped the class to correct someone’s arabesque because their back was too squared. She asked why they would do that and half the class responded that they thought that was the goal. She was shocked and yelled “mais non! La danse est naturelle. Rien ne devrait être abnormal pour ton corps sauf le premier position.” Mme. Legrée also corrected me on stylistic things, particularly on how I do my pirouettes. With her class and Mr. David’s, I deduced that the purpose of the French style was to be as flowing as possible, particularly with their use of the arm. In plie, one changes the arm more than in other techniques. For pirouettes, Mme. Legrée would ask me to “wind up” in order to continue the movement. I made the same deduction in Mme. Kamionka’s course. Alexia studied at the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in Paris.
  • Andrew Wallace in Provence

    Andrew Wallace ’19: Provence sojourn informs art history studies

    I learned so much about the painters from the period surrounding the Avignon School by studying the works at the Petit Palais, and about the greater historical period by visiting the Papal Palace in Avignon. But part of the joy and benefit of getting the opportunity to be there in person was the ability to learn about things I had not known to attempt to research beforehand, and to experience a part of French culture I otherwise would have missed.

  • Elizaveta Lavrova

    Elizaveta Lavrova ‘18: La vie française inspires short-story writing

    Over the course of my semester in France, I made an effort to get to know this country beyond the city of Paris. I traveled to Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, and Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard. Recording my impressions in a journal and building on them to create several pieces of short fiction, I was able to fully engage with all the sights and experiences. I have assembled a short story collection that will allow me to look back on my thoughts and feelings while abroad in France for the rest of my life. (Elizaveta took the Sweet Briar Junior Year Program in Paris)
  • Jack Schrupp

    Jack Schrupp ’18 knows his champignons

    Mushrooming is an experience with a peculiar allure, following, and culture. For instance, the French are CRAZY about mushrooms, but you would never know it. This is because everyone has their own secret spot which they share with no one. I once asked a man where he goes to pick his mushrooms, and he told me that he would tell me, but that he would then have to kill me. (Jack studied at the BU Study Abroad program in Grenoble)
  • Meghan Collins in Paris

    Meghan Collins ‘17 turns philosophe

    I think I really found what I was looking for when I started frequenting a small, technically boring café in my neighborhood called Chez Renée. I spent lots of time there reading and writing in its one-room, high-ceilinged space with tall, full bookshelves lining all four walls. (The owner) accepted my accent without derision, and we had good conversations about living in Paris. This turned out to be my personal version of café philosophizing, and it will always remain as important to me as Café de Flore was to Sartre and Beauvoir.

  • Benson

    Hannah Benson ‘17 maps Paris

    By giving Parisians the opportunity to tell their story on a map, I hoped to unveil such places, which in turn would reveal the true character of Paris according to those who actually live there.

  • Tara Miller

    Tara Miller’15

    Tara discovered "that the issue of nuclear energy is much like any other – everyone has their own opinion, across the spectrum from enthusiastic support to outright opposition. Environmental concerns, both on the side of clean energy and the side of radioactive pollution, were frequently expressed. Nevertheless, the more decisive component appeared to be the economic concerns, including energy costs and job creation. An atmosphere of mild support appears to prevail, but it is likely that the success of nuclear energy in France is more the consequence of economic factors and a strong central government than overwhelming popular support.”
  • Isabel Vazquez ‘14

    Isabel received the Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship to expand her study abroad experience at CUPA Paris with research on “open-air markets as an expression of both regionalism and internationalism in France.”

  • Alexandra Highet

    Alexandra Highet ’13

    During her Spring semester abroad at the American University Center of Provence, Alexandra Highet '13 carried out her Friedberg Travel Fellowship to explore the architecture of French cathedrals.