Skip to Navigation

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).

Applications are considered from candidates in all fields.

Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months. The fellowship may not be renewed..Brown University students should aspire to align the timing of the grant with Brown's funding terms (fall semester, spring semester, and summer term).


  • Be a citizen of the United States; or (b) Be a permanent resident of the United States*;Be a graduate student in good standing at an eligible institution of higher education and who, when the fellowship period begins, has been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;
  • Plan a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possess adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.
  • Students may not accept certain grants (Fulbright US Student Program administered by IIE(FUSP), Boren, IREX, Japan Foundation) in the same fiscal year that they receive a US/ED Fulbright-Hays grant.

Additional Details:

Internal Application Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5 p.m.
External Deadline: April 6, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

2022 Tips and Assistance
The U.S. Department of Education's International and Foreign Language Education office (IFLE) will post pre-recorded technical assistance webinar on its YouTube channel. In addition, a pre-application webinar for the DDRA program will be available to stream on the IFLE's YouTube channel on February 16. The webinar will cover a variety of topics, including DDRA program requirements, selection criteria, and frequently asked questions.

Further, 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, 2022. A link to a Microsoft Teams chat will be provided after the pre-application webinar. Additional information can be found in 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