Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST


The Fulbright-Hays DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad) program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The purpose is to provide opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies in specific priority geographical areas for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. 

Types of Projects

Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.

Specified 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). The program does not support projects in Western Europe. 

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • 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 not accept certain grants (Fulbright US Student Program administered by IIE (FUSP), Boren, IREX, Japan Foundation) in the same fiscal year that they receive a US/ED Fulbright Hays grant.

Duration of the Grant:

Students may propose research for a period of no less than 6 months and no more than 12 months. The fellowship may not be renewed. Fellowships begin after October 15, 2020, provided a US/ED Grant Award Notification has been executed; travel has been approved; the appropriate research clearances and research visas have been secured by the individual scholar; and, if requested, human subject research clearance has been obtained.  All research and travel must be complete by March 31, 2022.

Terms and Conditions: 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.

Expenses Covered by the Award:

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research;
  • Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country(ies) of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s);
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel and other incidental expenses;
  • Health and accident insurance premiums; and
  • $100.00 administrative fee to applicant institution.

The following is a checklist of application components. Please utilize a font that is either 12 point or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch) with one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial.

  • Fully completed Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 10-page narrative
  • Bibliography, maximum 2 pages
  • IRB narrative (Both exempt and non-exempt research projects must submit a narrative, see application package for instructions)
  • 3 Electronic Graduate Student References (one of which must be obtained from the student’s dissertation advisor) – initiate the e-mail to your references • 1 Electronic Language Reference for each language of research*
  • Letter of support from host institution
  • Graduate School Transcripts – must be scanned as one document and uploaded in student application. Please redact all Personally Identifiable Information such as birthdate, SSN, address, etc. from transcripts before uploading.

*Please note that the referees must submit in the G5 system prior to the student submitting their application in the G5 system. The internal deadline for the students to submit their application in the G5 system is Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Application Process

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 apply through their institutions in which they are enrolled. Proposals should be prepared in the electronic format available through the Department of Education website. Applications must be submitted electronically using the G5 system.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the University of Kentucky’s Fulbright-Hays Project Director to inform him that they intend to submit an application.

Brian A. Jackson, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Graduate School

Fulbright Hays DDRA Project Director

101 Gillis Building 40506-0033

Phone: (859) 257-7132

E-mail: brian.jackson@uky.edu


Official Internal Deadline: To allow time for internal review the application must be submitted by the student in the Department of Education G5 system and received internally by the Project Director on or before Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Please refer to the FAQ's for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA.

The U.S. Department of Education website provides application and grant submission information. There will be a technical assistance webinar for the 2020 DDRA program on January 9, 2020, but the time has not been announced at this time. The webinar will cover a variety of topics, including DDRA program requirements, selection criteria, and frequently asked questions. In the meantime, a recording of the FY 2019 webinar is available to stream on YouTube at this link (for reference only).

Please take into consideration that the referees will need to be completed in the G5 system prior to the student submitting the application to the Institutional Project Director in the G5 system for review and institutional submission.  It is recommended that the student communicate with their referees to ensure that they complete and submit in the G5 system in advance of the Internal deadline on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST, and prior to the student submitting the application in the G5 system.

If there are human subjects (exempt or non-exempt) involved with the research project, then the student will need to send an IRB narrative to the Project Director, Dr. Brian Jackson by Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST. 

The attached instructions for the IRB narrative may be helpful.

Click here to access a PowerPoint document that may be helpful to assist you in completing the e-Application.