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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 (Important Note: Dual citizens and permanent residents may not conduct DDRA-funded research in their country of citizenship.)
  • 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 or other profession in areas of national need 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.

DDRA competition is currently closed. The next competition will be for the FY2023 competition cycle, which is anticipated to take place during the Winter 2023 term. Awards for this competition cycle will be tenable for 6-12 consecutive months of in-country research between November 2023 and March 2025, subject to global public health conditions.

PhD students interested in applying for this fellowship in the FY2023 competition cycle should complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form and then schedule an advising appointment with the DDRA Program Advisor. See the section below on Advising for directions.

All application materials, including academic recommendations and language evaluations, are due by the U-M Campus Deadline. U-M Campus Deadline will be announced once US/ED issues the call for applications with the institutional application deadline. It is anticipated that the U-M Campus Deadline will be around February 2022.

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 28, 2023

Mandatory Budget Check: March 6, 2023

Final Student Application (all materials including recommendations): March 16, 2023