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The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship: Applications Close 12 February 2016

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship 2016

View over the 7th arrondissement in Paris, dominated by the Eiffel Tower, and the Invalides. Photo by Adrian Pingstone

The American Library in Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library located in the 7th arrondissement. It was founded in 1920 by the American Library Association using cases of books sent to U.S. soldiers serving in France during World War I. Among the first trustees of the Library was the expatriate American author Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein were both early patrons.

First awarded in 2013, the Library’s Visiting Fellowship offer writers the opportunity to work in Paris for a month or longer, while participating actively in the life of the American Library. Writers should be working on a book project, either fiction or non-fiction, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests. As part of the fellowship, the library will connect the visiting writer to resources and people in Paris that could be helpful to his or her project.

Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. In return fellows are expected to present a talk at the library, participate in a members-only dinner and appropriately acknowledge the Library in any publication outcomes resulting from the fellowship project.

Fall Fellowships will take place between 3 October and 18 November 2016. Spring fellowships will take place between 13 March and 30 April 2017.

Applications close on Friday 12 February 2016. The fellowship is open to all English-speakers, regardless of nationality. For further information visit the American Library in Paris website.


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  1. 11 February 2016 / 3:18 am

    Hello and yikes! I thought there was a residency for a writer-visual artist?! I was extremely thrilled to see this and now I’m wondering if I miss interpreted (wishful thinking?) the Writer-in-Paris opportunity as a dual creative event? Please advise me asap as deadline is almost here….thank you, Em

    • Aerogramme Writers' Studio
      11 February 2016 / 9:24 am

      Hi Emily. The guidlines say “Fellowship applicants should be working on a book project, fiction or non-fiction, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests.” You’ll need to contact the organisers if you need any further information. For more residencies and fellowships see

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