AATF Scholarships

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Teacher Scholarships

Walter Jensen Student Scholarship (available for 2024)

Thanks to the generosity of the late Walter Jensen, the AATF is able to offer one scholarship for study abroad to a future teacher of French.  This $4719.00 scholarship was generously donated by the North Dakota Chapter of the AATF and is intended to help a student pay for a semester or year’s study abroad experience he/she/they might not otherwise be able to afford. The next award will be made for the academic year 2023-2024.

Student applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and enrolled in an established teacher education program (B.A., B.S., or M.A.T.) in French. Applications for independent study abroad trips, subsidized travel, or summer programs will not be considered. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a non-native speaker of French. He/She/They  must be sponsored by an AATF member teacher.

The $4719.00 student scholarship will be paid directly to the study abroad program of the recipient’s choice to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs for a semester-long or one-year study abroad program in a Francophone country. The recipient may attend an established program in any Francophone country that is accredited by his/her/their American university. Students may also attend established programs sponsored by universities other than their own providing credit is transferable. Cash payments will not be made directly to recipients.   Application deadline for Jensen Scholarship : March 15

2024 applications for all student scholarships must be submitted electronically here

Recommendations should be emailed as attachments (no Google Docs) to AATF National HQ. Please include in the email subject which scholarship and the candidate’s name.

Belgian Government Scholarship to the Université de Liège

The Belgian government is generously offering two (2) scholarships to study at the Université de Liège this summer. Participants will arrive on July 31 and depart on August 18. The scholarships include registration, housing, and meals. It does not include travel to Belgium. Details about the scholarship can be found HERE and the application can be found HERE. To apply, please send the completed application to to AATF National HQ by Tuesday, May 1st 2024. All applicants must be current AATF members and letters of recommendation are not required for this scholarship.

AATF Jane Black Goepper Memorial Scholarships (unavailable for 2024)

The AATF offers two teacher professional development scholarships for study abroad in a French-speaking country in the amount of $3000 each. These scholarships are open to AATF members only.   Deadline: February 28

2023 applications for all teacher scholarships must be submitted electronically here.

Recommendations should be emailed as attachments (no Google Docs) here. Please include in the email subject which scholarship and the candidate’s name.

General Requirements for all Teacher Scholarships
Selection Process

Scholarships will be awarded to members who indicate a plan to use the scholarship to benefit themselves professionally and to enhance or expand the curriculum for students through a pedagogical project. Applications will be reviewed, and the decisions will be announced within approximately a month of the application deadline. A number of factors will be weighed: clarity and specificity of the candidate’s statement and project (1-2 pages); reasons for applying and level of French (candidates are expected to have a level of proficiency which will allow them to follow university-level coursework in French); teaching assignment; evidence of professional commitment; future career plans in education; and letters of recommendation.

As a follow-up, all scholarship recipients are expected, where possible, to (1) prepare a cultural project on the country to be disseminated through the AATF and (2) present a session on the same topic at the 2024 AATF convention in San Diego, California.


Applicants for all scholarships should do the following:

  1. Complete the appropriate online application form.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation via email attachment (no Google Docs) with the candidate’s name and AATF Scholarships indicated in the subject field to AATF National HQ. (For teachers: one of the letters should come from the principal, dean, or department chairperson, and one from someone who knows the candidate’s work well. For students: one of the letters should be from the AATF member sponsoring their application, and the other from someone who knows their work well.) These letters of recommendation should contain a serious, detailed evaluation of the applicant’s professional and personal qualities.
  3. All teacher materials must be received by February 28.  Jensen Student Scholarship materials must be received by March 15.


Student Scholarships

AFS-USA Scholarship

In partnership with AFS-USA, the AATF is excited to launch a new scholarship for students of French to participate in the AFS France Summer Camp program in 2024 with a $7,500 scholarship. French teachers who are members of the AATF may nominate up to three students for this scholarship by November 19, 2023! Learn more and nominate your students today!

*The nomination period for this scholarship has ended and the teachers of the 16 finalists have been contacted. Please check back next fall to nominate a student for the 2025 program.