Deadline Mar 4 | FY 2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

The Department of Education has just announced the 2019 Fulbright-Hays/DDRA fellowship competition. Please see the notice below.

The Graduate Center’s internal deadline for applications will be Monday, March 4, by 5:00 p.m. in order to allow for review of applications prior to the U.S. Department of Education’s transmittal deadline of March 25. No extensions to this deadline will be possible.

Students who are thinking of applying should contact Rachel Sponzo in the Provost’s Office ( as soon as possible for additional information.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) funds individual dissertation level doctoral students to conduct research in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. This program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education (ED) and is not related to the IIE Fulbright program, which is run by the State Department. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program is for students who intend to conduct dissertation research outside of the United States and Western Europe, and is of particular interest to students in the social sciences and humanities.

The ED published the application for the FY 2019 Fulbright-Hays competition in the federal register on January 24, 2019, and the application and additional information is available through the ED website via the following URL:

Please note that because Fulbright-Hays awards are granted to students through their educational institutions, all applications must be submitted to the Graduate Center’s Provost Office prior to being submitted electronically to the Department of Education.

Given the timing and duration of the current application period, the Graduate Center’s internal deadline will be Monday, March 4, 5:00 p.m. in order to allow for proper review and assembly of applications prior to the ED’s transmittal deadline of March 25th.

The application components include:

  1. Budget
  2. Application Narrative: The “narrative” should address the program selection criteria, and it is strictly limited to 10-pages in length.  A “page” is defined as 8.5” X 11”, single-sided, 1” margins all-around. Main text is to be double-spaced; single-spacing is allowed for charts, tables, etc. There are only three acceptable fonts:  Times New Roman; Courier; Courier New; or Ariel. Main text must be 12 point or larger; 10 point is acceptable for captions, tables, footnotes, etc.
  3. Human Subjects exempt/non-exempt narrative.
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Bibliography (2 pages)
  7. Foreign Language Evaluation(s)
  8. Letter of Affiliation from an institution in the host country
  9. Transcripts

If you have any questions about or are thinking about applying please contact Rachel Sponzo at, as soon as possible.  Please do not contact U. S. Department of Education personnel directly.

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 and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

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 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 may 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).


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 their 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 and 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; or
  • possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project.

Please refer to the official Federal Register notice [] for detailed information about the FY 2019 competition.