Fondation des États-Unis | Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship
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Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship

Bequeathed to the Fondation des États-Unis in the early 1930s, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship is awarded annually to a select number of exceptional American artists and musicians who plan to pursue their studies in Paris. A scholarship is also available to one French, Swiss or American medical post-graduate specializing in psychiatry with an internship in a Parisian hospital.

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Eligibility Criteria

Artists and Musicians:

The scholarship is awarded to a maximum of five American post-graduate students in visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history or musicology, nor for dance or theater.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • possess American citizenship
  • be between 21 and 29 years of age
  • have graduated with high academic standing from an American college, university or professional school. Preference is given to mature students who have already done some graduate study.
  • show evidence of high-level artistic or musical accomplishment
  • propose a unique and detailed artistic project related to their field of study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. This project should include enrolment in a recognized French art or music school. It is strongly suggested that the candidate establishes contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France.
  • have good moral character, personality and adaptability. They must also be in good physical health and emotional stability.
  • submit a complete and on-time application dossier. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

Post-graduates in Psychiatry:

The scholarship is awarded to one French, Swiss or American medical student specializing in psychiatry with an internship in a Parisian hospital.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • possess French, Swiss or American citizenship
  • be between 21 and 29 years of age
  • have graduated with high academic standing from a renowned international institution
  • show evidence of an exceptional capacity for professional accomplishment in the field of psychiatry
  • have good moral character, personality and adaptability. They must also be in good physical health and emotional stability.
  • submit a complete and on-time application dossier. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

Award Details:

  • A €10,000 stipend (may vary subject to fund earnings) for the upcoming academic year
  • A rent-controlled live-in artist atelier or music studio at the Fondation des Etats-Unis
  • Access to on-site performance and exhibition facilities, including a private art gallery and a historically significant concert hall.

 

Conditions upon acceptance:

  • The successful candidates must apply for and obtain the appropriate visa and other relevant documentation prior to their arrival at the Fondation des États-Unis. They must ensure that their legal status remains in order throughout the entire stay. To find out more about visa requirements, please visit the US State Deprtment’s website.
  • The successful candidates must show proof of valid health insurance for the upcoming academic year. Academic institutions often offer special student health insurance.  

 

Conditions during residency:

  • The scholars must pay rent in a timely manner and abide by the House Rules of the Fondation des États-Unis.
  • The scholars must use the reserved artist atelier or music room at the Fondation des États-Unis as their principle residence throughout the academic year.
  • The scholars must maintain high academic and artistic standards by regularly attending classes, and by participating actively in the cultural program at the Fondation des États-Unis.
  • The scholars in the field of the visual arts agree to donate an artwork to the Fondation des États-Unis, which has been created during the residency.
  • At the end of the residency, the scholars must submit a brief summary of the academic year, commenting on their progress, achievements, and academic results.

 

For further information, please contact culture@feusa.org

How to apply ?

Before applying, please ensure that you are eligible to apply for the scholarship by checking the eligibility criteria.

Deadline:

All applications and their supporting materials must be received no later than January 31st of the current academic year. Late or incomplete dossiers will not be considered.bus leo.

 

Submission details:

All files should be converted to PDF (apart from the form and photo) and numbered and named in the above order. Please submit your completed application to culture@feusa.org (using WeTransfer, Hightail or Dropbox).              

Application materials to submit:

Artists and Musicians:

 

  1. The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded here. Please insert your electronic signature or print, sign and scan the form.
  2. A passport sized photo should be inserted into the application form and also sent in JPEG format.
  3. A detailed CV.
  4. A short yet detailed statement about your project including the French school and/or instructor you intend to work with.
  5. It is highly recommended that candidates include a letter of admission to study at a French institution, including for Visa purposes.
  6. A certificate of proficiency in French signed by a qualified teacher of French. Please note that if you are not reasonably fluent, you must show a serious commitment by acquiring basic proficiency before arriving in France. It is also strongly recommended to include a letter of intent to enroll in a French language upon arrival in France.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant’s general qualifications, artistic ability and accomplishment. The letters should be typed on letterhead paper, and should be emailed by the issuer.
  8. Copies of complete and original transcripts of all colleges or universities attended with embossed seal of the issuing institution. A high definition color scan will be accepted for the initial application process. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to send the original paper copies.
  9. Examples of the applicant’s work. For visual artists, a presentation of recent works may be sent electronically (the corresponding print-outs may be requested). For musicians, please submit at least 15 minutes of music showcasing a minimum of three contrasting styles is required (the corresponding audio CD may be requested).
  10. A simple medical certificate confirming the candidates good general health. Successful candidates will be required to show proof of paid-up accident and health insurance before arrival.
  11. Proof of American citizenship i.e. a clear high definition color scan of the applicant’s passport.

 

Post-graduates in Psychiatry:

 

  1. The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded here. Please insert your electronic signature or print, sign and scan the form.
  2. A passport sized photo should be inserted into the application form and also sent in JPEG format.
  3. A detailed CV.
  4. A short yet detailed statement about your project including the French school and/or instructor you intend to work with.
  5. A detailed description of the Psychiatry Residence. Please mention the name of the institution, the name, title and contact details of the Department Head and the duration of your Residence, as well as your professional goals.
  6. For Anglophone applicants, a certificate of proficiency in French signed by a qualified teacher of French. Please note that if you are not reasonably fluent, you must show a serious commitment by acquiring basic proficiency before arriving in France. It is also strongly recommended to include a letter of intent to enroll in a French language course upon arrival in France. Pour les candidats francophones, merci d’inclure une attestation indiquant votre niveau d’anglais.
  7. Two letters of recommendation. The letters should be typed on letterhead paper, and should be emailed by the issuer.
  8. Copies of complete and original transcripts of all colleges or universities attended with embossed seal of the issuing institution. A high definition color scan will be accepted for the initial application process. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to send the original paper copies.
  9. A simple medical certificate confirming the candidates good general health. Successful candidates will be required to show proof of paid-up accident and health insurance before arrival.
  10. Proof of American, French or Swiss citizenship i.e. a clear high definition color scan of the applicant’s passport.

Current HHW Scholars

The Fondation des États-Unis is pleased to announce the grantees of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year:

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Isaac Howell

Visual Arts

Isaac Howell (b. 1993, Princeton, NJ) earned his M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2017, and his B.F.A. in Studio Art and Comparative Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. While studying at Washington University in St. Louis, Howell received the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship and was a resident at the Yale Norfolk Summer School during the summer of 2014. Howell received the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship through the Fondation des États-Unis for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. During his time in Paris, Howell plans to make work inspired by Marxist-Leninist activist artworks from the May ’68 Revolution, as well as work inspired by Guy Debord and the Situationist International.

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Jossalyn Jensenn

Viola

Jossalyn Jensen, American violist, began her musical studies at age 4. Her solo debut with orchestra was at the age of 9 and she has since appeared in concert across the United States and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées. She can be heard on several American radio shows, including NPR’s From the Top and Performance Today. As a fellow, she has attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar (2012), the Aspen Music Festival and School (2009-2011, 2014), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (2017), and the Verbier Festival Academy (2017). Ms. Jensen received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jeffrey Irvine, where she graduated with honors and was presented with the Milhaud Award and the Arnold Award in Viola. She completed her Master of Music at The Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, where she was a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Artist Award. Ms. Jensen is a laureate of 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant to study with Jean Sulem at the Conservatoire National supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Jensen has participated in the Juilliard School Winter ChamberFest (2015), the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio (2014), the Cleveland Institute of Music Intensive Quartet Seminar (2012-2013), and the Music Academy of the West String Quartet Seminar (2012). She has performed with members of the Cleveland Quartet as well as Darrett Adkins, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen and Jerome Lowenthal in addition to appearances as a chamber artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence and Les Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence.
Ms. Jensen is passionate about bringing the arts to those who have limited access to classical music and live performances. Since she was a child, she has performed in retirement centers, hospitals, libraries, parks, community centers, and public schools throughout her home state of Utah as well as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. She has been a frequent artist for Classical Revolution Cleveland, a member of the Cleveland Community Service Outreach Program and a recipient of the Gluck Community Outreach Fellowship from the Juilliard School.
As an advocate of new music, Ms. Jensen has participated in the New Music Ensemble at the Cleveland Institute of Music and most recently in projects with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Matthias Pintscher at the Lucerne Festival Academy (2017). She has commissioned works from emerging composers and is currently working on a project to commission six young American composers to write six new pieces for solo viola in homage to J. S. Bach.
Ms. Jensen began teaching violin at the age of 12 and has continued to become more and more invested in pedagogy and sharing what she has learned with others. She taught ear training and solfège as a Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School and has continued in Paris.
She is honored to be a 2017-2018 Harriet Hale Woolley fellow and resident musician at the Fondation des États-Unis.

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Sarah Ghandour

Cello

Sarah Clarice Ghandour, an honored recipient of a full five year scholarship, graduated May 2017 from Bard College and Conservatory with a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, having studied under Cellist Peter Wiley. An avid chamber musician, Sarah has collaborated with artists including Peter Wiley, Peter Serkin, Daniel Phillips, and Dawn Upshaw. As principal cellist of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, she has performed in New York, Eastern Europe, Russia, and most recently in Cuba, including collaboration with Camerata Romeu, a female Cuban string orchestra. Sarah was a finalist in the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition, and in May 2017 had the pleasure of performing the Korngold Cello Concerto with The Orchestra Now. Following her study in the Fall of 2015 at the American University of Paris, and cello studies with Xavier Gagnepain, at Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt, Sarah had the distinct pleasure of performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello, and the Brahms Clarinet Trio, at the Royal Castle of Warsaw, Poland on invitation by Bard Conservatory. Sarah has also delighted in participating in Music at Menlo, Yellow Barn, and Encore String Quartet Intensive Summer Chamber Music Festivals. After her 2017-2018 artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France, Sarah will pursue a master’s degree at Stony Brook University, New York, under the tutelage of cellist Colin Carr.

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Taylor Smith

Visual Arts

Taylor Smith is an artist from Rochester, New York. After receiving a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015, she completed an M.A. in Cultural Mediation at the École du Louvre in Paris in 2017, and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions, primarily in Paris and in Boston, in addition to a mural project and residency at the Asociación Atlas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Through her manipulation of natural processes (erosion, dripping water…) in addition to industrial and hand-made recycled materials, she investigates the perpetual conflict between nature and cultural production, addressing humans’ insatiable desire to “perfect” their surrounding environment. While in Paris, Taylor will work on a series of large-scale mixed-media works in collaboration with several scientists (including the oenologist Gérard Liger-Belair and PhD candidate at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure Nora Assendorp), and the American aerial photographer of polluted landscapes J Henry Fair, in order to combine microscopic and aerial imagery of nature destroyed and reconstructed by man into singular abstract compositions.

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Vincent Trebossen

Cello

Vincent Trebossen is currently Psychiatry resident at the Université Paris-Sud. He completed his medical studies at the Université de Rennes, Britanny. Since moving to Paris in 2014 he has had the oppurtunity to work at several renowned hospitals such as the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital and the Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne. At Sainte-Anne, he was able to work with patients with several medical conditions, from schizophrenia to depression, and gain experience in psychotherapy and neurobiology. Vincent is interested in the mechanisms underlying mental health diseases and particularly its links with the immune system. This year, Vincent will be doing his Master degree in neurosciences at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

HHW Alumni

We are incredibly proud of our distinguished alumni and want to help honor and strengthen the ties made between colleagues, teachers, and friends. You may consult the complete list of Harriet Hale Woolley scholars here

 

In order to reconnect with fellow alumni please see here. To make a gift to the Fondation, which will directly benefit current and future Woolley scholars, please click here

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