Funding Opportunity: Ouisconsin Field Research Scholarship Due Feb. 14

The earliest maps of the land that was to become our state were generated by French explorers, who transcribed the Algonquian lexicon according to French grapho-phonemic relations.  Many of these early maps carry the term “Ouisconsin,” later Anglicized to Wisconsin. Cognizant that we live in a world of challenges that increasingly require international solutions, Wisconsin Alumni Association – France (WAA-France) wishes to enhance the global competence of UW students. The WAA-France Chapter has created a needs-based grant to support field research in France for an eligible UW student in hopes of enhancing his or her global competence in the tradition of those historic relations between Wisconsin and France.

Graduate and Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

Ouisconsin – Field Research Scholarship

Applications due February 14, 2011

The selected applicant will demonstrate clear links between current and future research/academic challenges and how this funding will make a difference to the student’s academic and/or professional projects within a global context. The $3,000 USD grant may be used to cover travel and travel-related expenses, living costs, or research fees and supplies.

To apply for the scholarship, visit the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies Web site for more information and to download an application.

For more information about the mission and activities of the Wisconsin Alumni Association-France Chapter –

If you have questions, contact Marianne T. Bird Bear, assistant dean of the Division of International Studies at  (608) 262-1335 or  e-mail

Last year, the Wisconsin Alumni Association — France (WAA-France) named Kelly Jakes, PhD Candidate in UW–Madison’s Department of Communication Arts, its first Ouisconsin scholar.

During the fall 2010 semester, Jakes is using the $3,000 award to conduct field research on the rhetoric function of the popular music culture that flourished in Occupied France during World War II. She is conducting research in several archives and resource centers in Paris and Lyon, including Radio-Paris, the French National Police Archives, and the Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation.

Watch an interview with Kelly Jakes!