French Authors on Tour
If you would like to organize an event with one of our visiting authors, please review our current authors on tour, carefully read the general information below, then download and complete the FAOT Application form. Once we have recieved your application, you will receive confirmation by phone.
Please note, requests will not be considered without a complete application form.
Our authors travel to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for Business or on a B1 visa (Temporary visitor for business). The VWP and the B1 visa allow them to receive an honorarium for their conferences on the following conditions:
Universities and institutions usually grant the visiting author an honorarium ranging from $200 to $1,000. If you are the first university to welcome the author in the US, you are requested to fill out the ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) request and to send it to the institutions who will welcome the author after you. The Book Office of the French Embassy is not entitled to fill out that request. It is essential to contact the appropriate people in your institution in charge of handling payments to foreign scholars to ensure that you follow the procedures set forth by your institution's accounting regulations. You will find all the information on ITIN on the Internal Revenue Service website. The paperwork must be done in the presence of the author. Please, find below the necessary forms:
You will also need to provide a copy of the author’s passport as well as a copy of his I-94 form.
Length of tours
Authors’ tours usually last up to two weeks. Occasionally, tours might be longer if we can secure additional funding from the publisher, universities and/or other partners involved in the tour.
During the tour the welcoming institution is expected to take care of the housing of the author. Unless otherwise specified the hosting institution books and pays for the hotel for as many nights as necessary. To avoid changes of hotel and multiple bookings, we may ask one institution to make the reservation for a longer period. The author or another institution may be responsible for payment for the additional nights.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy will pay for all airfares (international and domestic). Trains and buses are paid for by the author himself. However, the hosting institution is responsible for pick-up and drop-off of the author at the airport and/or the train station.
Language of communication
Whenever possible we invite authors who speak English fluently, but in some cases, a translation may be required. Please check the language of communication and/or secure a translation if the communication needs to be in English at your institution.