Excerpt from Society for American Fellowships in French Universities Purpose, Condition of Awards, Draft by-Laws, 1919
The Society for American Fellowships in French Universities has been organized by friends of French science and learning to assist in establishing, in its proper place of eminence in the mind of the American public, the standing and repute of French scholarship. It has long been felt that advanced students have not availed themselves of the great advantages Ofiered' in every field of study by the French universities partly because these have not sufficiently been brought to their atten tion and partly through ignorance of the fact that during the last twenty years most of the French universities have instituted advanced degrees, distinguished from degrees granted by the state to French citizens of French training, accessible to properly qualified students from foreign countries.
In order to readjust the true balance, which, for various reasons has long existed in this country in favor of the German universities, it is proposed to encourage the development of a body of university scholars who by personal acquaintance with French achievements will be in a position to restore in all branches of American public opinion the just status of French science and learning and a better appreciation of the place of France in the leadership of the world. General attention has already been called to the Opportunities afforded in the French universities in all branches of learning in Science and Learning in France, issued in 1917 with the collaboration of one hundred American scholars by the Society for American Fellowships in French Universi ties.
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