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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 (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

Projects may focus 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).

Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months. The fellowship may not be renewed. Applications are considered from candidates in all fields.

Brown University students should plan to begin the grant no earlier than the spring semester of 2022 and they should aspire to align the timing of the grant with Brown's funding terms (fall semester, spring semester, and summer term).


  • 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.

Additional Details:

Internal Application Deadline: Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m.
External Deadline: April 5, 2021

2021 Tips and Assistance
The U.S. Department of Education's International and Foreign Language Education office (IFLE) will post prerecorded technical assistance webinar on its YouTube channel. Please check IFLE's YouTube channel for updates.

In addition to the webinar presentation, IFLE will host a live web chat to answer specific applicant questions. The chat will take place via Microsoft Teams at 2 p.m. ET on March 2, 2021. A link to join the web chat on the designated date and time will be posted soon under the “Tips and Assistance” section of the DDRA program “Applicant Information” webpage. Please check there for updates.

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 make sure that your recommenders are aware of the guidelines that pertain to their recommendation letters. 
  • Tips on navigating the application system can been seen on the Department of Education site
  • 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