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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

In anticipation of a possible late spring grant competitionfor the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition, CGI will be conducting an information session for interested students on Thursday, March 20 from 4 pm to 5 pm in Room 3009 of the Global Education Center.

NOTE: The call for proposals has not been posted, but we have been informed by the US Department of Education that they anticipate a late spring RFP.

*The Department of Education deadline is TBD but all applicants must meet the UNC campus deadline for eligibility also TBD
Note: this includes letters of reference and all other application materials

Application Procedure

STEP #1: Complete this interest and eligibility form
STEP #2: Review FAQ
STEP #3: Align research statement with the Technical Review Committee FORM
STEP #4: Submit G5 online application by DATE TBD

**Project Period: TBD


This U.S. Department of Education program 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.

This grant is available to Ph.D. candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not eligible for funding. The grant provides travel expenses, maintenance allowance for the grantee and his/her dependents, books and other research-related expenses and health insurance.


Ph.D. students from all departments are eligible if the focus of the dissertation has an area studies and/or language component. Field work in English is generally not supported.

Specifically, a student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she:

  • 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.

Please review the US Department of Education DDRA Program FAQ before beginning an application.

Competition Priorities FY13

The FY13 competition targets one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities:

Absolute Priority: A research project that focuses 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). Please note that applications that propose projects 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, or Vatican City.

Competitive Preference Priority 1 (extra 5 points): A research project that focuses on any of the 78 languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education's list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs), as follows:
Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Berber (all languages), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.

Competitive Preference Priority 2 (extra 5 points): Research projects that are proposed by applicants using advanced language proficiency in one of the 78 LCTLs listed in Competitive Preference Priority 1 in their research and who are in the fields of economics, engineering, international development, global education, mathematics, political science, public health, science, or technology

Invitational Priority: We encourage applications from minority-serving institutions as well as other institutions that promote the participation of students from minority backgrounds in research abroad projects in foreign languages and international studies.

Click here for the full announcement.

Application Instructions

Applicants submit a proposal electronically through G5, the Department of Education's Grants Management system.  It is recommended that applicants format their narrative proposal using the Fulbright-Hays Technical Review Form as a guide.

STEP #1: Complete this interest and eligibility form
STEP #2: Review FAQ
STEP #3: Align narrative proposal with the Technical Review Committee FORM
STEP #4: Submit online application by noon, on Tuesday May 28, 2013

UNC Project Director Contact Information

Beth-Ann Kutchma
Senior Program Officer, Center for Global Initiatives 

Congratulations to the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2013-2014):

Creating a Tatar Capital--National Cultural and Linguistic Space in Kazan

Gary Guadagnolo
Department of History

Guadagnolo will conduct dissertation research in Russia  examining the transformation of Kazan in the early Soviet era into a regional capital more inclusive and representative of the region's significant Tatar population.

Claiming the Caucasus--The Evolution of Russian Imperialism in Armenia

Stephen Riegg
Department of History

Riegg will implement dissertation research in Armenia and Russia exploring the transformation of the Russo-Armenian relationship in the nineteenth century. Organized as a case study that analyzes how Russia's strategies of imperialism adapted to the myriad changes that
characterized the nineteenth century, Riegg's research will provide the first full-scale academic history of Russia's incorporation of Armenia into the empire.


CGI aims to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to and benefit from global opportunities. As such, we actively encourage applications from these populations.  


Q1. Is it possible to be alerted by email of the deadline if I register somewhere on the web?
A1.  Sign up for CGI's biweekly eBulletin to receive announcements about all of our funding opportunities.

Q2. Will you please direct me to a source where I could review previous years' applications?
A2.  Applications are not available for review.  We recommend that you organize the content of your proposal to follow the format of the Technical Review Committee Form.

Q3. Are there travel or research restrictions to my country that could prevent me from implementing a DDRA?
A3. Please review UNC's travel policy and check State Department travel warnings.  Additionally, the RFP may target specific countries or world regions.  Proposals within these regions would be considered more competitive.

Q4. Can I submit my application before all of my letters of reference have been submitted?
A4.  No.  In the FY 2013 G5 application, students cannot submit their individual application to their institution until their references have been submitted.  If a student submits their application before their references are submitted, the reference will not be included in their application.