Pi Delta Phi: National French College Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi

National French College Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi (ΠΔΦ) is the name of the National French Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. Founded in 1906 at the University of California at Berkeley, Pi Delta Phi is the oldest academic honor society for modern foreign languages in the United States. The UCLA Gamma Chapter was the third chapter to be established in 1926. Having recently re-instated our institutional membership, we are happy to offer again membership opportunity to the exclusive society for UCLA eligible candidates. As any other certified College Honor Societies, Pi Delta Phi « promotes the values of higher education, fosters excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and research. »

More specifically, the Pi Delta Phi Society’s purpose is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities. In addition, Pi Delta Phi offers financial support to both undergraduate and graduate students (see below).


Regular Members

Regular members include graduate and undergraduate students at the sponsoring institution who are nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in French. Undergraduate or graduate candidates do not need to be French or French Studies majors or minors to be nominated for membership.

Undergraduate students

The eligibility requirements for all undergraduate students are:

  • completion of at least one course of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate-level series of courses; at UCLA French 100 and above)
  • 3.3 GPA in French, 3.0 GPA overall.
  • sophomore standing (i.e. second year)

Membership one lifetime dues

National one-time dues for Regular and Honorary members are required, and membership in Pi Delta Phi is lifetime. Members receive a pin and personalized certificate, and may elect to purchase honor cords in blue, white and red. Students, faculty, and others are encouraged to join any of Pi Delta Phi’s free social media and networking groups or fan pages; to submit your candidacy, complete the attached form (http://nationalfrenchhs.org/cgi-bin/members.cgi?CGISESSID=a0e1d5073a72a742f78b3e0b699256f1) and return it to Jean-Claude CARRON (Royce Hall 228A) with the following membership fee (check or cash) :

  • $55.00—Premium Lifetime Regular Membership (includes certificate, pin and one set of cords)
  • $45.00—Regular Lifetime Membership (includes certificate and pin only; no cords)


(Application deadline including all of the required materials should be postmarked no later than Nov. 1) https://www.pideltaphi.org/scholarships

The Joseph W. Yedlicka Awards

  • Summer-session scholarship to attend the American University of Paris.
    Full tuition summer session scholarship–seven weeks including shared housing and half-board–awarded by: The American University of Paris and Pi Delta Phi.
  • Summer-session scholarship to attend the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence. Full tuition summer-session scholarship–six weeks including housing and board–to Aix-en-Provence awarded by the Institute for American Universities College

The above awards are accompanied by a Pi Delta Phi Travel Grant of up to $1,000 to help cover transportation costs.

The Mary E. Gutermuth Award

  • Summer-session scholarship to attend the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.

Full tuition summer-session scholarship–five weeks including housing, board and activities fee–to the University of Québec at Chicoutimi awarded by Pi Delta Phi. The award is accompanied by a Pi Delta Phi Travel Grant of up to $500 to help cover transportation.

Graduate students

Graduate students who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible for regular membership. The eligibility requirements for all graduate students are:

  • completion of 2 graduate courses in French, and
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in graduate coursework


The President’s Scholarship for Graduate Students allows a full-time graduate student who is a member of Pi Delta Phi and who is pursuing graduate work in French or select related fields to study or to conduct research abroad in a French-speaking country. The proposed study or research may take place in an established on-site program or may be independent in nature. The past award amount was $1,000.-, new amount will be offered in the near future. Application deadline including all of the required materials should be postmarked no later than Feb. 15. https://www.pideltaphi.org/grad-scholarship. This year’s deadline is of course already passed.