The 2018-19 Ronald W. Tobin Scholarship for Study and Travel in France This $2000 travel-study fellowship honors Professor Ronald W. Tobin, who served for forty-one years as a full professor of French at UC Santa Barbara and earned many of his profession's highest honors, including nomination to the French Order of the Palmes Académiques, where he attained the rank of Commandeur.
The award is designed to provide financial support for UCSB undergraduates seeking to enroll in a year-long study-abroad program in France. Applicants must be declared French majors or minors taking upper-division courses in order to receive the award. (They are not, however, required to be French majors or minors at the time they apply.) The applicant will submit a 1-page Statement of Purpose together with an unofficial transcript and one letter of recommendation from a TA or faculty member. In the Statement of Purpose the student should explain what s/he expects to gain from a year in France. Awards will be determined based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. (A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.)
The selection committee will be composed of members of the French faculty. Successful applicants must agree to submit a 10-15 page, double-spaced memoir about their year experience, written in French, to the Chair of the Department of French and Italian within three months of their return from France. The scholarship funds may be used for academic fees, travel costs, and other study-abroad related costs. (Other forms of financial aid are available through the EAP program.)
The deadline for applying for the Tobin fellowship is February 16, 2018. Applications, as well as any questions about the award, should be sent to the Chair of the Department of French and Italian, Didier Maleuvre (firstname.lastname@example.org). The winner will be notified in April 2018 and will be formally recognized at the annual campus Pi Delta Phi ceremony in May.