Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship provides grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. This is an annual competition.

The 2015 Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Competition has just been announced:

The CAMPUS DEADLINE*  is Friday, April 17, 2015

You can access a current Fulbright-Hays DDRA application at:  [ www.g5.gov ]. 


Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must submit applications through their institutions.

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if s/he meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent U.S. resident;
  • Is 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;
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.


Students may propose research for a period of no fewer than six months, and up to a maximum of twelve months. This fellowship may not be renewed.


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; and
  • Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.


A final report is due from each fellow 90 days after the end of the grant period. Students should contact their institution’s project director for electronic reporting instructions.


  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research;
  • Maintenance allowance based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow;
  • Project allowance for research-related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses; and
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.
  • In some cases it is also possible to request dependent allowance(s) (maintenance only).


Applications are submitted entirely on-line, including transcripts) [ www.g5.gov ]; however, one hard copy of your application and one official transcript of your graduate work must be received by Nancy Hare Robbins no later than the 2015 Campus deadline* of Friday, April 17, 2015. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant is an institutional application, which means that all documents and correspondence for this fellowship from the Department of Education must be submitted through Duke University [http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html].

Campus Deadline* : Friday, April 17, 2015.

*IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the Campus deadline is generally at least two weeks prior to the National deadline to allow for internal processing by the Duke University Office of Research Support.  You must submit your application and all supporting documents, including evaluations from three academic references and a language evaluator, by the campus deadline in order for it to be forwarded with Duke’s grant application – no exceptions.

If you think you are interested in applying, contact: nhare@duke.edu immediately to be included on a “Prospective Applicant” listserv. This will enable you to get both updates on the process and helpful tips for creating your application package.

Nancy Hare Robbins, Assistant Director
Duke University Center for International Studies
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404
Duke University
Durham NC 27705-0404