The deadline for this competition is typically in May. If you are interested in learning more about the Fulbright-Hays competition, contact Karen Wachsmuth ( to set up a meeting,

About the Program

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. Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months.

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.


  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education
  • Planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language necessary to carry out dissertation project

Expenses Covered by Award

  • Travel expenses
  • Allowance based on cost of living in country of research
  • Project allowance for research
  • Health insurance
  • Administrative fees

Competitive Preference Priority

  1. Research project focuses on one or more of the following geographic areas: sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia (3 points)
  2. Research project focuses on one of the 78 priority languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education's list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2 points)
  3. Research project in the field of: economics, engineering, international development, global education, mathematics, political science, public health, science, or technology (5 points)

Application Process

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 where they can download an application.

Application instructions from last year's competition may be found at Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program Application

Applicants should plan to attend a campus Fulbright-Hays Workshop during the spring semester. 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
Associate Director, International Fellowships
International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre