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

The US Department of Education (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:

  • US 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

Application Process:

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.

FY2021 competition cycle is now open. Awards for this competition cycle will be tenable for 6-12 consecutive months of in-country research between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023.

PhD students interested in applying for this fellowship in the FY2021 competition cycle should complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form as soon as possible and no later than February 26, 2021. Completing this form is a prerequisite for completing the full application and accessing U-M application preparation resources, though it is not a final commitment to submit an application.

All application materials, including academic recommendations and language evaluations, are due by the U-M Campus Deadline, March 15, 2021.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the DDRA Program Advisor prior to starting their application. See the Advising section for how to schedule an appointment.


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.

U-M Campus Deadlines:

Declaration of Intent to Apply: February 26, 2021
Final Student Application
: March 15, 2021