Fellowship: Fulbright-Hays–Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

Deadline: April 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is offering dissertation fellowships for research abroad for students who are specializing in modern foreign languages and area studies.  A research project that focuses on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe will not be funded.

  • Students must attend institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
  • Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign langauges and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled
  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution
  • Must be planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation
  • Must possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Duration of the Grant:
Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months. The fellowship may not be renewed.

Terms and Conditions – A fellow shall:
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research
  • Devote full time to research on the approved topic
  • Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period
  • Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution
Expenses Covered by the Award:
  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research
  • Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country(ies) of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s)
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel and other incidental expenses
  • Health and accident insurance premiums
  • $100.00 administrative fee to applicant institution

Current Application:

Applications for this program must be submitted electronically using the G5 system, accessible through the Department’s G5.

While completing your electronic application, both the IHE and the student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. The process for submitting applications electronically under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program has several parts. Be sure to refer to the Federal Register Notice for specific guidance. We strongly recommend that both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process.

You may obtain a copy of the application package online in the G5 system or from the Education Publication Center (ED Pubs). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to one of the program contact person listed below. FY 2016 DDRA Application Instructions: coming soon!

Tips and Assistance:

The FY 2016 DDRA pre-application webinar will take place on April 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Washington, DC time). You can register here for the webinar. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration and containing the information you need to join the webinar.

Application Contact:
Dr. Pamela J. Maimer
International and Foreign Language Education
U.S. Department of Education
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3E207
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6891
E-mail: ddra@ed.gov