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Fulbright-Hays DDRA; Apply by March 22

The 2023 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Competition has been announced:

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program provides grants to US institutions from the US Department of Education with funding for individual doctoral fellowships to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. This is an annual competition. Priority is given to projects which deepen research knowledge on, and help the nation develop capability in, areas of the world that are not generally included in US curricula. This is an excellent funding source for dissertation-level graduate students whose projects focus primarily or entirely on world areas outside of Western Europe. They can vary in duration from six to twelve months and may not be renewed. The time frame of your proposal should be consistent with the scope of the research project submitted.

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must submit fellowship applications through their institutions. Online fellowship applications are available at the G5 Website:


  • Is a citizen or national of the United States, or is a permanent resident of the US;
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship period begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program involving modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.


· International Travel & Baggage;

· Maintenance (determined by host country);

· Project Allowance (based on budget prepared by applicant); and

· Health & Accident Insurance (for fellow only);

· In some cases it is also possible to request Dependent Allowances (maintenance only).


Applications are submitted entirely on-line, including transcripts, at: Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant requires an institutional application, which means that all documents and correspondence for fellowships from the Department of Education must be submitted through Duke University’s grant application.


A prerecorded pre-application technical assistance webinar for the DDRA program will be available to stream on IFLE’s YouTube channel beginning Feb 14th, at 2:00pm (Please subscribe to the YouTube channel to receive updates).

There will be a LIVE Question & Answer Session hosted by DDRA staff on March 8th from 3:00-4:15 PM (Eastern Time). All potential applicants are welcome to attend the live session by clicking the following link: Join the Live Q & A Session on Microsoft Teams. Attendees should ensure they have viewed the pre-recorded webinar ahead of the live question and answer session.

Additionally, the DDRA Fellow Alumni Panel Discussion and Application Tips is available to stream at

IMPORTANT 2023 Dates for applicants:

  • Applications are now available at:
  • CAMPUS (Fellowship) Deadline is Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 by 5pm ET: This is when your fellowship application must be submitted online.
  • NATIONAL (Grant) Deadline is Tuesday, April 11th, 2023 by 5pm ET: This is when Duke’s institutional grant application must be submitted online.

Regarding Deadlines – The fellowship application you create and submit through the G5 portal becomes part of Duke University’s Fulbright-Hays DDRA Grant application. The National deadline applies to the grant application, which is comprised of all fellowship applications released to it, plus formal paperwork created by Duke’s Office of Research Support. ORS requires at least a week in advance of the National deadline for their review and approval, hence the Campus deadline. All fellowship applications not submitted online will be locked out of Duke’s grant application. It is critical that your referees understand the timing, and that their deadline is no later than March 22nd. If they encounter technical issues, they should first contact the G5 Help Desk; their contact information is provided in the email the referees receive from DOE.

If you are interested in applying or would like additional information, contact: to be included on a “Prospective Applicant” listserv. This will enable you to get updates on the competition, as well as helpful tips for creating your application package.

Hal Matthews (he/him)
International Programs Manager
+1 919-681-4024