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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Awards

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

UH Mānoa Internal Deadline: February 27, 2017 @ 11:59 PM (see note below)
National/Final Application Deadline: March 14, 2017


The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to 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 of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Program Features: The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.

 Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.  A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from his or her IHE if he or she:

  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE
  • Is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages or area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program
  • Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project

Important Information for UH Mānoa Applicants: The UHM deadline for all applications is Monday, February 27, 2017 (11:59p). All application materials, including all reference letters and affiliate letter, must be uploaded to the Fulbright Hays DDRA application system G5 by UHM deadline in order to be considered. No late applications will be considered.

It is between the UHM deadline and the national one that the materials are checked, IRB applications are confirmed, and eligibility of the applicants are also verified. Once that is done, the Project Director is the one to then officially submit all applicant’s materials for consideration. The Project Director at UHM is Associate Dean of Graduate Education Dr. Julienne Maeda. If you plan to apply and/or have questions, please contact Dr. Julienne Maeda at or +1 (808) 956-7541.

Fulbright Hays DDRA Website More Info for UH Mānoa Applicants