Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program

The US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program supports research abroad in modern foreign languages and (non-Western European) area studies for a period of 6 to 12 months. The types of projects that are considered for this scholarship include projects that deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capabilities in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. This year’s call will include all of the following funding priorities:

• Geographic area (research outside western Europe)

• Priority languages

• Multi-disciplinary fields of study

• Advanced language proficiency 

• Specific world areas

• Minority-serving institutions

Current Application

The FY 2020 grant competition for this program is now closed. Applications for FY 2020 were available online through the Department’s G5 system between December 17, 2019 and February 18, 2020.

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-121719-002

FY 2020 DDRA Application Instructions

Award Types 

Average fellowship award for the past five years have been around $35,000. For more information, please click on the following links: 


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • doctoral student in the fields of foreign languages and area studies;
  • in good academic standing and who will have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship period;
  • planning a teaching career in the U.S. following graduation; and
  • possesses adequate language skills necessary to undertake the dissertation research abroad

Campus Review Process

Students interested in applying to the DDRA program should submit the following information to Katie Li via e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th:

  • full name;
  • degree program and year of study;
  • anticipated major comprehensive exam dates;
  • dissertation advisor;
  • title of research project; and
  • host country(-ies) planned to conduct field research

These applications are rigorous and require a considerable amount of time, effort, and coordination. 

Questions relating to the fellowship program and/or campus application and selection process should be directed to Katie Li, Associate Director of External Fellowships and Institutional Coordinator.