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CUPA Merit Award

About Merit Awards

CUPA offers a limited number of awards each semester to exceptionally motivated students participating in CUPA programs. These awards are to help the recipients finance special projects related to their year, semester or summer in France, and are awarded in the following categories:

  • Academic Project: an academic project directly related to research or work pursued in the student’s area of study and which demonstrates a significant potential for increased cultural immersion.
  • Personal Project: a project that may not be directly related to the student’s area of study but that demonstrates a significant potential for increased cultural immersion.
  • Travel Grant: awarded to students who demonstrate a compelling motive to explore an aspect of French culture which would not normally be covered in the CUPA program fee.

At the end of the program, students are required to write an overview, in French, of how they used their award money and how it enhanced their experience.

How to Apply for a Merit Award

The CUPA Merit Award is included in the online application. If you choose to apply for a Merit Award you will be asked to :

  • Submit an essay in French describing a specific academic or cultural project you would like to pursue during your semester in Paris, and explain why funding is important to this project. Provide as much information as possible about your project.
  • Provide the contact information for a professor or other person knowledgeable of your qualifications who you have asked to be your Merit Award Reference. They will be asked why they believe you should be considered for a CUPA Merit Award.

Award decisions are made within two weeks following the award application deadline. Students selected for the award will be notified immediately following that two-week period.

Other Sources of Funding

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000. The application cycle happens early. Be sure to visit their website for more information.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.To be eligible, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and receiving Federal Pell Grant. For more detailed information, please consult their website.



The Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA) provides scholarships for American undergraduates who wish to study in France. Consult their website for more information.