Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The 2019 Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition is now open.

The Fellowship Application Deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2019
If you think you might apply to this competition, please contact Nancy Hare Robbins .

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Competition 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. Five Duke students were selected for this prestigious fellowship in the 2017 competition – the most in Duke’s DDRA history: Robert Franco (History) - Mexico & The Netherlands; Gray Kidd (History) - Brazil; James Nealy, Jr. (History) - Russian Republic; Matthew Sebastian (Cultural Anthropology) - Uganda; and Stephanie Stefanski (Nicholas School of the Environment) - Argentina. Nationwide, ninety-one Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowships were awarded, out of 340 applications.


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 institution's grant application.

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if s/he meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent US resident;
  • 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; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project. Generally this means being at the advanced level in your research language.

Students may propose research for a period of no fewer than six months, and up to a maximum of twelve months. This fellowship may not be renewed.


  • International travel expenses, including excess baggage between the US and the host country of research;
  • Maintenance allowance based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow;
  • Project allowance for research-related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses; and
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.
  • In some cases, it is also possible to request dependent allowance(s) (maintenance only).


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


A final report is due from each fellow 30 days after the end of the grant period. Students should contact their institution’s project director for electronic reporting instructions.


    Both institutional grant and student fellowship applications are submitted entirely on-line, including transcripts, at: [ www.g5.gov ]. The 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.

    If you think you might be applying in the 2019 competition, or you would like additional information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins to be included on a “Prospective Applicant” listserve. This will enable you to get updates on the competition - including critical deadlines, as well as helpful tips for creating your application package.

    IMPORTANT 2019 Dates for applicants:

    • Fellowship applications were available at G5 as of:  Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at: [ www.g5.gov ].
    • CAMPUS (for your Fellowship application) DEADLINE is Thursday, March 7th, 2019 by 5pm:  This is when your completed fellowship application must be submitted online, including all faculty references.
    • NATIONAL (institutional Grant) DEADLINE is Monday, March 25th, 2019: This is when Duke’s institutional grant application must be submitted online. (Keep reading below.)

    Regarding Deadlines - The National deadline applies only to Duke University's grant application, which is comprised of all fellowship applications released to it via g5, plus formal paperwork created by Duke’s Office of Research Support. The fellowship application you create and submit through the g5 portal becomes part of Duke University’s Fulbright-Hays DDRA Grant application. ORS requires two week's advance receipt of the grant application prior to the National deadline in order to complete their portion, hence the "Campus deadline". READ: It is critical that your referees understand the timing, and in particular that their deadline for submitting your references is no later than the Campus deadline - it is NOT the National deadline. No exceptions. If they encounter technical issues, they should first contact the g5 Help Desk.

    Nancy Hare Robbins
    Duke University Center for International & Global Studies
    2204 Erwin Road, Room 105, Box 90404
    Duke University
    Durham NC 27705-0404
    < nancy.robbins@duke.edu >