Gala 2017

On October 8, 2017, the US Sciences Po foundation hosted its 7th Annual Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of New York in Midtown. Over 250 Sciences Po alumni, family, friends, and distinguished guests attended an evening celebrating the of the accomplishments of Foundation in 2017. 

The event opened with remarks from Frederic Mion, the President of Sciences Po. He thanked our guests for their continued support for the Foundation, and discussed the ambitious objectives of the university as it approaches its 150th Anniversary. Stephan Haimo, President of the US Sciences Po Foundation, then took the stage to formally welcome those attending to an evening that brought together artists, academics, men and women of business, and world leaders. Following Mr. Haimo’s remarks, Bruce Oberfest, Treasurer of the Michel David-Weill Foundation, formally introduced Zachary Young, the 2017 Laureate of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship. Mr. Young, a graduate of Yale University, was invited to the stage to speak about embarking his studies at Sciences Po, made possible by the generosity of Mr. David-Weill. While guests enjoyed dinner, Cornelia Woll, Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, highlighted the school’s continued dedication to the field of innovation and research, exemplified by the establishment of the Sciences Po Center for Entrepreneurship in Paris.

The evening was highlighted by a thought-provoking discussion between the honoree speaker, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and CEO of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and special guest Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times. Lady Rothschild stressed the importance of a conscience form of capitalism that is sourced from all members of society: not just firms, but governments, individuals, and communities. The discussion opened up to members of the audience, who held dialogues with Lady Rothschild about the movement for inclusive capitalism.

Nathalie Jacquet, the new Head of Strategy and Development of Sciences Po, closed the dinner portion by drawing the name of a lucky guest who purchased one of the evening’s raffle tickets, presenting the prize of two free, roundtrip business class tickets to anywhere in the United States. After dinner, guests were invited to a dessert and cocktail reception in the Metropolitan Club’s Atrium. The dinner portion finished with the remarks of Ms. Jacquet, who stressed the vital importance of the Sciences Po alumni community in furthering the efforts of the US Foundation and the university as a whole.

Alexandra Oh, first recipient of the Henri de Castries Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Alexandra Oh '21, new student at Sciences Po in Reims, and first laureate of the Henri de Castries Scholarship.

The Henri de Castries scholarship, intended to support transatlantic bonds, is awarded to French or American students pursuing Dual BA programs with Sciences Po.

After only a few weeks at Sciences Po she

"has already fallen in love with the the campus and the city. My first week here was the “Integration Week” which consisted of an academic and a social orientation. On the academic side, we simulated a global conference on food and represented different countries, companies, and other major players. We held round-table discussions and lively debates in an attempt to write a resolution on the future of food and sustainability. It was my first time experiencing such a conference, and I was drawn in by everyone’s infectious passion and energy. It really set the stage for the welcoming, intellectual, and outspoken community here at Sciences Po. On the social end, the Bureau des Eleves arranged parties, picnics, and even a “Civil War” where the second year’s put us through our paces. Both years participated throughout the week and I made some great connections with my classmates."

The campus is housed in a magnificent seventeenth-century building—the former Jesuit College—near the famous Reims cathedral. A real historical monument and architectural wonder, the College was renovated so as to preserve the stones, woodwork, stained glass windows and paintings of the period, while integrating the modern spaces (classrooms and library) required to offer all the services and features of a world-class campus. 

Ms. Oh decribes it as

"a beautiful former Jesuit college with the most amazing library reminiscent of something from a fairytale- and its expanding and renovating!"

Sciences Po ranks 4th in the world for Politics and International Studies

The QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 have just been released. This year, Sciences Po remains in fourth place worldwide for Politics & International Studies, alongside Harvard University, Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and is again the highest ranked in the subject in Continental Europe.

Sciences Po has made remarkable progress in Sociology, climbing to 44th place internationally from 50th last year, and becoming the top French university in the subject.
Another notable breakthrough has been made in History, with Sciences Po entering the world top 100 in 2017. Sciences Po also keeps its top-100 spot in Law and remains the second highest-ranking French university in the subject.
Finally, Sciences Po is first in France for Social Policy & Administration, second for Communication & Media Studies and Development Studies, and third for Economics and Econometrics.

Yale University Senior Zachary M. Young awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Yale University senior Zachary M. Young has been awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship selects one American student each year from applicants at 30 top U.S. universities. Its criteria include: literary and scholastic achievements, capacity for critical analysis, demonstrated history of leadership, and proven commitment to the community.

Young is an Ethics, Politics and Economics major from Cincinnati, Ohio. During his time at Yale, he has been a forceful advocate for free speech and cross-party dialogue. He has been president of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, a team-member of the Yale Debate Association, and the founder of multiple campus discourse groups.

Through his studies at Sciences Po, Young is eager to examine the policy implications of new communications technologies. “I want to assess how the rise of social media companies has altered traditional models of free speech,” Young said.

He added that Sciences Po’s multidisciplinary, hands-on curriculum would allow him to build upon his undergraduate coursework. “I hope to apply my knowledge of free speech to critical areas of public policy, from campaign finance reform to terrorist surveillance rules,” Young said.

Young is especially enthusiastic to be studying in France. “I have always dreamed of spending time there,” he said, “and France’s free speech tradition represents a fascinating counterweight and complement to our American model.” He will be contributing to a student body whose members represent 150 nationalities.

Young has interned at the Wall Street Journal as a Bartley Fellow and at the U.S Senate Finance Committee. He has also worked at New Haven City Hall and in the office of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Before coming to Yale, Young spent a summer in Israel as a Bronfman Youth Fellow. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal and made several appearances on television and radio.

Upon hearing that he had been awarded the scholarship, Young said: “It’s an incredible honor, and I am fortunate to have received it. Now is a momentous time to be studying free speech, in Paris no less, and I am immensely thankful to the David-Weill Foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

A new scholarship for students in the dual BA with Freie Universität Berlin

Thanks to the support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the introduction of the Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship.

The Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship designed to attract the brightest and most deserving students to the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin.

It encourages promising young individuals to commit to Europe by giving them the keys to law, economics, history, political science, and sociology; the opportunity to speak at least three languages; and the ability to navigate in both German and French cultures.

One Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship will be awarded each year starting in 2017. The Stephen M. Kellen scholarship covers two years of tuition fees at Sciences Po, in addition to a living allowance of $6.000/year for the two years spent on Sciences Po's French-German European Campus in Nancy, and a living allowance of $7.000/year for the two years spent at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of Freie Universität.

The Henri de Castries Scholarship

On 20 July 2016, AXA and Sciences Po launched the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a new merit-based scholarship for students in the Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA program and the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley Dual degree program.

The $260,000 donation will provide students with an annual scholarship of $10,000.

The first Henri de Castries Scholarship will be awarded in 2017 and will continue to be offered on an annual basis. 

For more information on eligibility, application and selection process, visit

Let's bid to disseminate Sciences Po's educational values in the U.S.

From November 9, 2015 to December 1, 2015, the US Sciences Po Foundation will be hosting its first auction event on Bidding for Good.

Auction items range from luxury goods and memberships at some of the most dynamic Alliance Française around the U.S., to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise you!

All funds raised will participate in our mission to support Sciences Po’s ambitions and disseminate its educational values in the United States - so snap up a great item and help us at the same time.

Bid now at:

Post your vacancies on the new Sciences Po Careers website!

Save time and gain exposure by posting your vacancies on the new Careers Service website
How to post vacancies

Go to the Careers Service website
and register to post a vacancy. In the Employers box, click Post a vacancy
-> If you already have an account on our site, you will be directed straight to the vacancy form to complete and submit
-> If not, you can set up your employer account and submit your vacancy at the same time.
Advantages for employers

When you post your vacancies on our site yourself, your listing will appear online immediately and you can track applications from Sciences Po students at any time under "Job/internship vacancies > Current vacancies"
Sciences Po internships and internship calendar 
The "Information for recruiters" tab provides details about Sciences Po "internships and internship calendar” and key information about Sciences Po's "programmes and career prospects"
More info/ Contacts
On our employer profiles and branding: 
Fabrice Barthelemy, Corporate Relations Consultant, France [fabrice dot barthelemy1 at sciencespo dot fr]
Julia Lindbom, Corporate Relations Consultant, International [julia dot lindbom at sciencespo dot fr]
For details about Master's internships:
Suad Leglise Arrar, Master's Internship Officer [suad dot leglisearrar at sciencespo dot fr]

Washington Benefit Cocktail

H.E. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States and the US Sciences Po Foundation request the pleasure of your company at the first Washington Benefit Cocktail, on Tuesday November 10, 2015, at the Résidence of France in Washington DC.

President of Sciences Po, Frédéric Mion, will present his ambitions for Sciences Po, and is of course looking forward to meet Sciences Po Alumni in the DC area.

Contributions to the event are resources that will help us meet Sciences Po's aspirations.  These gift support or enhance core programs, pay for scholarships and faculty fellowships.

Attracting the brightest students is a top priority for Sciences Po.  Since the US Sciences Po Foundation's inception, we have been able to help nearly 50 American students realize their potential through our grants and scholarships.  

Hubert Joly, chairman and CEO of Best Buy awarded the 1st US Sciences Po Alumni Award

On June 17, 2015, the US Sciences Po hosted the 1st US Sciences Po Alumni Award Reception in New York and honored Hubert Joly (’83), chairman and CEO of Best Buy, the leading retailer of technology products, services and solutions, with approximately 1600 stores in North America and more than $40 billion in annual revenue.

The US Sciences Po Alumni Award has been created to recognize an extraordinary Alumnus who has demonstrated visionary leadership.

The World Economic Forum in Davos applauded Joly’s accomplishments as vice president of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Europe and president of EDS France, and he was named Global Leader for Tomorrow from 1997 to 1999.  Carlson Wagonlit Travel grew its annual sales from USD 8.9 billion in 2003 to USD 25.5 billion in 2007 under his leadership as CEO. Since he became CEO of Best Buy in 2012, company stock rose by 90%, twice the performance of the S&P 500. 

In his lively presentation at the reception, Joly set forth his vision of leadership.  People should be considered as the key to excellence by focusing on the personal development of all individuals touched by the company.  During meetings, “I always make sure I start by mentioning progress made on the human front, by discussing trainings and development initiatives, and then move to discussing financial results […] Maintaining healthy financial results is a means, not an end.  Making money is an imperative, but there is a difference between an imperative and a purpose, and our purpose is the common good.  Joly also reminded us that a leader’s success is about curiosity and learning.  It is our responsibility to keep a curious mind”.
A great CEO must define a comprehensive strategy that strengthens the company’s position across its businesses.  A great leader will need courage to take action and say “yes”.  We think we can predict accurately which business idea will be a success or a failure, and are tempted to turn down every opportunity.  The cost of 19 failures may be more than covered by the one success.  So I have learned to say yes and to try things out even when I disagree”.

Joly also shared a few memories from Sciences Po that make him smile today.
When asked about the competitiveness of France, a practitioner (maître de conference) reminded him that one of the main strength of France was the quality of its public service…
He also remembers that night before the “grand oral”, he did not get a chance to sleep because he was at the same time involved with his military service—he was on call to look after prisoners.  But he made it!

He would like to give one piece of advice to future graduates of Sciences Po, “remember that the key to success is learning, don’t focus on salary!”  Four months after he started working at Best Buy, he was on two lists: one of the five CEOs that will be fired in 2013, and one of the seven best turnaround guy in the United States.  He sees his work at Best Buy as a work in progress and plans to stay for many years.  

Thanks to Hubert Joly and Best Buy.  Thanks to Alumni and Friends.  Because of your support, the US Sciences Po Foundation was able to raise the amount necessary to fund a full scholarship for an American student to study at Sciences Po.