Fulbright-Hays —
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

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About the fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in 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 modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. Priority is given to a research project that focuses on one or more of the following geographic 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).

Competitive preference priority 1: Focus on less commonly taught languages: A research project that focuses on any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish.

Competitive preference priority 2: Thematic focus on academic fields: A research project conducted in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.


Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Be planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.
  • Have adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Award amount

Average size of fellowship award is $39,000.

Award period

6 to 12 months.

Application deadline

April 5, 2021.

Learn more

Visit https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/04/2021-02339/applications-for-new-awards-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad-program.

Last updated: July 2021.