FY 2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships: Now Accepting Applications!

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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Deadline to apply: March 14, 2017

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.


Program Features:  

The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. 


Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.  A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from his or her IHE if he or she:

  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE
  • Is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages or area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program
  • Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project

Here's what DDRA fellows have to say about the program: 

''Without the generous support that I received from the Fulbright DDRA program, conducting the dissertation research that I did would have been unthinkable.” 

“It was an incredibly productive research experience, resulting in a successful PhD and my first book publication. The DDRA program was absolutely crucial in making it possible for me to embark on a successful academic career devoted to international studies.”

"The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship fosters connections that will last a lifetime: staying in touch with the people I have met will allow me to rely on these contacts as I pursue my career in higher education as a teacher and researcher."

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DDRA fellows and projects featured in image above: 

  • Peter Tunkis, FY 2015, Ohio State University, Title: Safety in numbers - Group Linkages and the Persistence of Party Switching
  • Maria Martin, FY 2013, Michigan State University, Title: Gendering African Nationalism
  • Christopher Butler, FY 2012, University of Santa Cruz, Title: Water Unites, Water Divides: Resistance to the West Seti and Upper Karnali Dams in Nepal
  • Heather Fair, FY 2014, Ohio State University, Title: Glacier Stream Conceptual Model and Physiological Mechanisms of Aquatic Insects
  • Mohamed Rafiq, FY 2013, Brown University, Title: Shaykhs and the State - The Incorporation of Tanzanian Shaykhs in Biopolitical Projects in Pre and Post Ujamaa Era


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