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The Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) offers an innovative combination of traditional training in French and Francophone Literatures with interdisciplinary curricular options.

Successful applicants receive a $ 26,861 fellowship for five years, tuition waiver and health insurance. In exchange they teach one course per semester in their second, third and fourth year at one of CUNY senior colleges. In their fifth year, students serve as writing fellows.
The deadline for applications is January 1st,  More information can be found at

Outside reviewers recently rated the Ph.D. Program in French at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York one of the finest and most innovative in the United States. They praised the program’s double objective: educating generalists to teach traditional courses and specialists in francophone studies.

Recent alumni have secured teaching positions at Saint John’s University, Williams College, University of South Carolina, Bennington College, and Southern Methodist University. Our older alumni teach at Swarthmore College, University of California at Irvine, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Other alumni hold administrative positions at Fordham University, and Hunter College (CUNY). A handful of our graduates have found successful careers outside of academia, in secondary education and publishing. 

Our multidisciplinary program has attracted students from all around the world with varied backgrounds that range beyond traditionally defined literary interests. These students add a different perspective to classroom discussions and make our program an intellectually vibrant place to study.