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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 2018-2019 academic year

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Andrew Briggs

Cello

Praised as ``an artist with an already expanding reputation and great future`` (The Well-Tempered Ear); cellist Andrew Briggs is a world traveler. Recent performances include recitals in Bergen, Netherlands and Narbonne, France; collaborations with the principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam, NL); recital performances in Paul Hall, NYC; with Axiom Contemporary Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, NYC; and concerto appearances in Wisconsin and Colorado. Last season, Andrew was a member of the Colorado Symphony cello section, principal cellist of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and guest artist on recital series in Chicago, New York City, and Denver. Completing his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, he recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his doctoral project, ``Piatti and the Body: An Integrative Approach to Learning the 12 Caprices, Op. 25,`` on Youtube.com. Currently Andrew resides in Paris, France as a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis, where he is studying and performing works of Duport, Debussy, and Poulenc.

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Laurie-Anne Claude

Psychiatry

Interested since adolescence by medicine she completed an observation internship at Nanterre’s hospital during high school. She then completed her medical studies at Paris 7 Descartes faculty, where she has been pursuing her psychiatric internship since 2015. Through her experience in Paris's famous university hospitals such as the Sainte Anne Hospital or the Mutualiste Montsouris Institute, she was able to develop her skills in the management of psychiatric pathologies of children and adults. Having an integrative approach in her training and practice, she is interested in different areas of care. She thus validates a university degree in attachment theory in 2018. This year she is doing a master's degree in Neuroscience at Pierre and Marie Curie University. She is particularly interested in the use of modern scientific techniques in the field of the psychiatrist. At the internationally renowned Neurospin laboratory, she will work on the development, at diagnosis aim, of a machine learning algorithm based on brain MRI.

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Sergio Herrera

Composer

Sergio Herrera is a composer-guitarist currently based in Paris. He received his B.M. in Music composition and theory from Florida State University where he studied composition with Dr. Clifton Callender and jazz theory and arranging with Bill Peterson. During his time at Florida State, Sergio was a recipient of both the Presser Scholarship and the David Ward-Steinman undergraduate composition award. He has written for a wide variety of ensembles ranging from chamber to jazz big band. Distinguished by an ever evolving rhythmic vitality, Sergio’s music synthesizes elements of jazz and Latin-American music to create a uniquely personal compositional voice. Sergio has attended festivals such as the TALIS Music Festival in Switzerland and the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Academy in Paris where he worked with composers Miguel del Aguila and David Conte. Sergio was granted the Fondation des Etats-Unis Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is currently studying harmony, composition, and musical interpretation with Narcis Bonet at the Schola Cantorum de Paris.

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Elias Rodriguez

Clarinet

Mexican-American clarinetist, Elias Rodriguez made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after performing on a live broadcast of NPR’s « From the Top. » He is an alumnus of The Orchestra Now, a distinguished pre-professional orchestra comprised of graduate musicians from around the world as well as a recipient of a three year full-tuition scholarship to Bard College, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies.

Elias has been invited to teach and perform in international music festivals throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent engagements include concert performances at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center in New York City, teaching masterclasses in Cali, Colombia, and performing Weber’s 1st Clarinet Concerto on WMHT Radio New York. Elias has been praised for his « smooth acrobatic tone, fierce finesse » and « virtuosic dynamics. » (Millbrook Independent) and can be heard on the Hyperion Records label, and in the documentary film, « Forte, » scheduled to release January 2019. Recent awards include semi-finalist in the 2017 Matthew Ruggiero International Clarinet Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2018 USA Harold Wright National Clarinet Competition, and finalist in the 2016 Phoenix Symphony clarinet audition.

Elias has a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. He is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship and was awarded an artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France. He is a candidate of the Cycle D’Execution Professionel Superieur at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Elias is a fluent English, Spanish, and French speaker.

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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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