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Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowships

This US Department of Education (US/ED) program funds fellowships through institutions of higher education to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries. Fellowship funds support international travel to/from the country or countries of research, maintenance stipend related to the faculty member’s academic year salary, and modest allowance for direct research-related expenses.

Basic Application Process

The International Institute (II) administers this program on behalf of the U-M Ann Arbor campus and coordinates the institutional application process. The II Director serves as the FRA Project Director for the Ann Arbor campus. Faculty applicants submit their application to the International Institute, and the II will combine all eligible faculty applications into an institutional application and coordinate its submission to US/ED. All successful faculty fellowships will be administered through the II.

For more detailed application instructions and application resources, join the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Canvas site.


Faculty applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Fellowships Program Advisor by email ( prior to starting their application. To schedule an advising appointment, please visit the advising calendar and select an open day/time.

Application Deadline

Campus Deadline: April 8, 2024

This campus deadline takes into account required days for administrative reviews at the International Institute, LSA Dean’s Office, and ORSP prior to the US/ED institutional application deadline. All faculty application materials, including institutional support letter and language evaluation, must be submitted by the campus deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (green card holder) at time of application
  • Have a current regular instructional faculty appointment at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus (Dearborn and Flint faculty must apply through their own campus)
  • Engaged in teaching relevant to their foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award
  • Propose research relevant to modern foreign language (language other than English) or area studies
  • Possess sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project

Project Eligibility

  • Research topic that focuses 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)
  • Project start date of no earlier than January 1, 2025; project end date of no later than March 31, 2026
  • Project duration of no less than three (3) and no more than twelve (12) consecutive months