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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

Application Procedure

STEP #1: Complete this interest and eligibility form
STEP #2: Review FAQ and Student Applicant Instructions
STEP #3: Align research statement with the Technical Review Committee FORM
STEP #4: Submit G5 online application (FY2015 currently not available)

The FY2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship competition has not yet been announced by the US Department of Education.  Please complete STEP#1 in order to determine your eligibility and to be contacted when the competition is announced.


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.

The institutional project period is 18 months, beginning October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2016. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months within that time period.

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 FY14

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 5 pm June 13, 2014

UNC Project Director Contact Information

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


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 available in PDF format.  The file is password protected-students must complete an interest form to receive access.  A reminder that 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 2014 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. 

Q5. Is completed IRB approval required as part of the application?
A5.  No.  However, applicants must prepare an IRB narrative which is then submitted to the UNC Project Director (Beth-Ann Kutchma).

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.