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Fulbright-Hays Program

Interested students should first read the detailed guidlines on how to prepare and submit an application. 

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported. You can see a list of countries that are approved in this summary of FY 2016 priorities, which also addresses languages, fields and institutions. See also the list of countries on the U.S. Department of Education's temporary suspension list.

The program is funded primarily through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions also contribute through cost-sharing and indirect support, e.g., through salary supplements, tuition waivers, and university housing. Most grants require a commitment of one academic year, although in some cases advanced doctoral candidates and candidates in the creative and performing arts may submit requests for grants of not less than six months. Applications are considered from candidates in all fields.


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

Learn more: Department of Education Website | Brochure
Internal Deadline: April 8, 2016 at 5 pm 
External Deadline: May 6, 2016 

Special Instructions: 

  • Brown students must apply online using the Department of Education application system before the internal Brown deadline. The DDRA online system at G5 will not process your application if it does not adhere to the guidelines. 
  • All student applications have to be reviewed internally at Brown University by the Graduate School and by the Office of Sponsored Projects prior to the institutional submission of all student applications. 
  • Please read the guidelines on how to prepare and submit your application, which are attached below.
  • Please make sure that your referees are aware of the guidelines that pertain to their recommendation letters, including the need to both submit their letter to the online system as well as print and send a copy to John Tyler at the Graduate School address below. 
  • Tips on navigating the application system can been seen the Department of Education presentation attached below. 
  • The announcement in the Federal Register contains additional details.
  • If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Thomas A. Lewis

Graduate School Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA): Thomas A. Lewis