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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Deadline: Anticipated 3/2020 ( Previous deadline 3/12/2019 )

Note for UIUC students:

  • The UIUC campus application deadline is Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will hold a Fulbright-Hays Information Session on Friday, February 1, 2:00-3:30 in 304 Coble Hall.  All students considering applying should attend.  Register for the session here.


The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies.

Allowable projects are those 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, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

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, or Vatican City.

Applicants may propose research projects lasting from 6 to 12 months, and projects can start as early as October 1, 2019.

Students do not apply directly to the Department of Education for these awards.  Instead, applications must be submitted on behalf of the applicant by the student's institution of higher education (IHE).  Students must therefore work closely with their IHE for an application to be submitted successfully.

Eligibility:  To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be a graduate student in good standing at an eligible institution of higher education and who, when the fellowship begins, has been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution.
  • Plan a teaching career in the United States upon graduation or plan to apply language skills and knowledge of these countries in the fields of government, international development, or the professions.
  • Possess adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.

Award amount:

  • Round-trip flight expenses, to and from the United States to the host country of research.
  • Maintenance allowance based on the cost of living in the country(ies) of research for the fellow and dependents.
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, photocopying, and in-country travel.
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.
  • The Department of Education estimates that awards for 2019-2020 will range from $15,000 to $60,000, with the average award being $36,842.  Actual award amounts will depend on the cost of living in the host country.

To Apply:

Students must submit their individual applications using the Department of Education's G5 online application system. Persons providing references and foreign language evaluations must also complete and submit reference forms using the G5 system. A completed application should contain the items specified below:

  • Application form
  • Curriculm vita
  • Project narrative
  • Bibliography
  • One Foreign Language Reference Form for each language needed to conduct the research outlined, submitted online by the evaluator(s).
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online by the recommenders.
  • Transcripts from all graduate institutions attended.
  • Optional (but strongly recommended): Letter(s) of affiliation from host country institution(s), submitted online by the applicant.


Here are slides from the Fulbright-Hays Information Session the Graduate College held on February 1, 2019.  Students applying should review those slides. 

To apply, students upload their applications to the Dept of Education's G5 online application system by the campus deadline.  Applications are then reviewed by the Graduate College and by the Office of Sponsored Programs.  Once reviewed, the University submits all applications as part of a combined University package. The deadline for the University to submit to DoE is March 25. THE DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, INCLUDING ALL RECOMMENDATION LETTERS AND LANGUAGE EVALUATIONS, TO BE UPLOADED TO G5 IS TUESDAY, MARCH 12 AT 5:00 P.M..  Applicants should not confuse these deadlines. 

UIUC Contact:
Ken Vickery, PhD
Director of Fellowships
Graduate College

G5 Help Desk: 1-888-336-8930


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Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Social Sciences; Humanities; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; Dissertation Research; Research/Study Abroad; Unrestricted

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