Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

For U.S. Students (must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States to be eligible)

Fulbright-Hays Workshop

TBA, International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This workshop is mandatory for applicants who want a full staff review of their proposals.


TBA- the last competition concluded in June, 2013. Funding for these fellowships is contingent on the budget for the program being fully funded. Awards were not granted in 2011.

About the Program

Program information from 2013:

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of less-commonly-taught modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

Applications will only be considered for research projects that focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on the following countries are not eligible: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

Competitive preference priority 1: 5 points will be awarded to research projects that focus on any of the seventy-eight (78) languages deemed critical on the US Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) found in the announcement.

Competitive preference priority 2: 5 points will be given to applicants proposing research projects using advanced language proficiency in oneof the 78 languages selected from the US Department of Education's list of LCTLs, which are also listed in competitive preference priority 1, in their research and focus on one of the following fields or topics: Environmental Science, Economics, Public Health, Education, or Political Science.

An applicant will receive an additional five points for each competititve preference priority the applicant meets in his or her application (up to 10 points).

The estimated range of fellowship awards to individual applicants will be $15,000 - $60,000, with the estimated average size of fellowship awards being $40,000.

Individual applicants must apply through their university and follow campus application instructions; the university submits one grant application and redistributes the fellowships to individual awardees. Students must register in the Department of Education’s electronic submission system – G5 which can be found at www.G5.gov where they can download an application.

Application Process

Application instructions from past competitions may be found in the UI Guide for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program.

Applicants should plan to attend a campus Fulbright-Hays Workshop. The workshop is mandatory for students who want a full staff review of their proposal. Students planning to apply during the next Fulbright-Hays fellowship cycle may also attend to help plan ahead.

Since IRB approval is important for ALL student research projects and must be obtained PRIOR to receiving funding,

Contact Information

Karen Wachsmuth
International Fellowships Specialist
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre