THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Fellowships last 11 months (from September to July). Fellows undertake to attend workshop sessions, classes, lectures and other cultural activities. Classes and lectures represent over 1000 hours over the course of the fellowship.
The program includes:
· work in the workshops
· professional training in their relevant trade (technology, drafting, workshop organization)
· classes in French language and general culture open to the modern world
· instruction in how to teach one's own craft
· free-hand drawing, history of architecture and styles
· modeling and casts
· perspective and proportions
· basics of management and accounting
· mathematics and mechanics of materials
· foreign languages (English, German)
· computer skills and CAD
· artistic heritage
· weekly lectures on cultural topics
· visits of monuments, museums, exhibits
· live performances (theater and music)
Fellows who perform satisfactorily receive a certificate of completion.
Material ConditionsFellows receive room and board on-site at Coubertin. Their productive work in the workshops is paid, which ensures a minimum monthly income of € 500. All fellows without exception receive health and insurance and workers compensation coverage.
One round trip airplane ticket between the U.S. and France is included, as is visa (work permit) processing. The program has a demanding schedule and includes weekend excursions. Except perhaps over the Christmas holiday, a return to the U.S. is not possible except for emergencies.
Fellows should be between the ages of 21 and 29, and have at least 3 years of professional experience, preferably as part of a workshop or firm, beyond their apprenticeship.
They must demonstrate a good level of professional skill in their area with concrete examples (a portfolio is part of the application). Once at Coubertin, fellows are expected to take their place within the workshops and contribute to the ongoing production.
They commit to participate fully in the program's activities and to abide the rules and regulations of the program.
A fellow who does not have sufficient mastery of the French
language is required (at no cost) to take an immersion course in the month of August prior to the start of the program. The goal of the course is to obtain an adequate level of knowledge of the French language and French customs.