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US/ED Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education’s (US/ED) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships provide opportunities for PhD candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in less commonly taught modern foreign languages and non-Western-European area studies. The fellowship supports international travel to and from country of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowance based on the location of research; an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premium. Fellowship period is no less than six months and no more than twelve months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as a PhD student in good standing at U-M in a program with a specialization in non-Western-European area studies and foreign language.
  • Be advanced to PhD candidacy by the beginning of fellowship period
  • Planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of the PhD
  • Sufficient foreign language skills to carry out proposed dissertation research project


PhD students interested in applying for this fellowship should complete the following pre-application steps:

  1. Complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form online here. Completion of this form is NOT a binding commitment to submit the final application in this competition cycle but is a pre-requisite for completing the final application.
  2. Schedule an advising appointment with the DDRA Program Advisor to discuss the dissertation project and application requirements. See the Advising section for how to schedule an appointment.


The DDRA Program Advisor is available to meet with PhD students to discuss fellowship requirements and application process. Follow this link to schedule an advising appointment.

Final Application Submission

The DDRA Fellowship Program operates as an institutional grant program where the University of Michigan is the grant applicant to US/ED. The International Institute coordinates the institutional application on behalf of U-M, and receives and reviews individual PhD student applications prior to incorporating them into the institutional application. All student application materials are submitted online to the International Institute.


US/ED has not announced the competition timetable for FY2020 award cycle. Competition dates will be posted here when they are announced.

Campus deadline: TBD (deadline for FY2019 competition was March 4, 2019)


Phone: (734) 936-3966