Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships
Deadline: Anticipated 3/2023 ( Previous deadline 3/21/2022 )
Note for UIUC students:
- The UIUC campus application deadline is Monday, March 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
- The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will hold a Fulbright-Hays information session on Wednesday, February 23 from 3:30 to 5:00. Register here. All students considering applying should attend this session.
The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The DoE defines "area studies" as a "program of comprehensive study of the aspects of a society or societies, including the study of their geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations, and languages."
Eligible Regions and Countries:
- Allowable projects are those that 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).
- Projects Not Allowable:
- Applications for research focused on the following countries are not eligible: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.
- Projects in countries designated as "closed" by Fulbright-Hay are ineligible. See the "Maintenance Allowances" section (starts on page 55) in the FY 2022 DDRA Application Instructions for details.
- Applications for projects in countries currently designated by the Department of State with a Level 4 travel advisory may be submitted, but awardees may end up having their travel plans delayed or cancelled due to pandemic-related issues.
- Applicants proposing a project in Russia must be US citizens (i.e., permanent residents and nationals are ineligible).
Applicants may propose research projects lasting from 6 to 12 consecutive months. Projects may begin as early as January 1, 2023 and must end by March 31, 2024.
Students do not apply directly to the Department of Education for these awards. Instead, applications must be submitted on behalf of the applicant by the student's institution of higher education (IHE). Students must therefore work closely with their IHE for an application to be submitted successfully.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a student must:
- Be a citizen, national, or 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 begins, has been advanced 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.
- Possess adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.
- Round-trip flight expenses, to and from the United States to the host country of research.
- Maintenance allowance based on the cost of living in the country(ies) of research for the fellow and dependents.
- Project allowance for research-related expenses such as books, photocopying, and in-country travel.
- Health and accident insurance premiums.
- The Department of Education estimates that awards for 2022-2023 will range from $15,000 to $60,000, with the average award being $46,000. Actual award amounts will depend on the cost of living in the host country.
Students must submit their individual applications using the Department of Education's G5 online application system. Persons providing references and foreign language evaluations must also complete and submit reference forms using the G5 system. A completed application should contain the items specified below:
- Application form
- Curriculum vita
- Project narrative
- One Foreign Language Reference Form for each language needed to conduct the research outlined, submitted online by the evaluator(s).
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted online by the recommenders.
- Transcripts from all graduate institutions attended. Official transcripts are recommended. Please redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as birthdate, SSN, and address from transcripts before uploading.
- Optional (but recommended to demonstrate the student’s language and area studies experience): transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
- Optional (but strongly recommended): Letter(s) of affiliation from host country institution(s), submitted online by the applicant.
ATTENTION UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS:
To apply, students upload their applications to the Dept of Education's G5 online application system by the campus deadline. Applications are then reviewed by the Graduate College and by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Once reviewed, the University submits all applications as part of a combined University package. The deadline for the University to submit to DoE is April 6. THE DEADLINE FOR STUDENTS AND LETTER WRITERS TO UPLOAD ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, INCLUDING LANGUAGE EVALUATIONS AND LETTERS OF AFFILIATION, TO G5 IS MONDAY, MARCH 21 AT 5:00 P.M. Applicants should not confuse these two deadlines.
Ken Vickery, PhD
Director of Fellowships
G5 Help Desk: 1-888-336-8930
URL: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html. Applicants should download and review thoroughly the FY 2022 DDRA Application Instructions found on this webpage under "Current Application."
Federal Register Announcement: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/02/02/2022-02147/applications-for-new-awards-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad-fellowship-program
2022 Application Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVD327Bxhmw
Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Social Sciences; Humanities; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; Dissertation Research; Research/Study Abroad; Unrestricted
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