This Fellowship Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Programs Service in Washington, D.C. at:


• About the DDRA Fellowships Program:

This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible.


• Eligible Applicants:

U.S. Institutions of Higher Education


• Eligible Participants:

U.S.Graduate students must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies.

  • A U.S. graduate student is eligible to compete and receive this Fellowship if he or she: 

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States.    

  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution.    

  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.    

  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.


• Duration of the Grant: 

Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months. The fellowship may not be renewed.


• Terms and Conditions 

   A U.S. DDRA Fellow shall:


    •  Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.

    •  Devote full time to research on the approved topic.

    •  Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period.

    •  Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.


• Expenses Covered by the DDRA Award:

    •  Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.

    •  Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country(ies) of research for the fellow and his             or her dependent(s).

    •  Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel and               other incidental expenses.

    •  Health and accident insurance premiums. 

• Timeline

    • Competitions are held annually, pending the availability of funds.

    • Current competition: FY 2019

    • Application available: January 24, 2019

    • Application deadline: March 25, 2019


• Federal Register Notice

   -Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY 2019 dated January 24, 2019 | PDF


• Current Application

   Applications for this program must be submitted electronically using the G5 system, accessible through the Department’s G5 site at:


   While completing your electronic application, both the IHE and the student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. The process for submitting applications electronically under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program has several parts. Be sure to refer to the Federal Register Notice for specific guidance. We strongly recommend that both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process.


   You may obtain a copy of the application package online in the G5 system or from the Education Publication Center (ED Pubs). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to one of the program contact person listed below.


• FY 2019 DDRA Application InstructionsMS WORD (2.5M)

Please note that the definitive, official application instructions are in the G5 system.

The funding opportunity number for FY 2019 applications is ED-GRANTS-012419-003.


• Tips and Assistance

   The FY 2019 DDRA pre-application webinar was held on February 7, 2019. The webinar covered a variety of topics, including DDRA program requirements, selection criteria, and frequently asked questions. A recording of the webinar is available to stream on YouTube at this link.

IFLE also held a showcase webinar featuring past participants of the DDRA program on March 9, 2017. Click here to access a recording of the DDRA showcase webinar.


• Application Contact

Dr. Pamela J. Maimer
International and Foreign Language Education
U.S. Department of Education
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 258-24
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6891

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