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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships (due March 25!)

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Competition is now open!

Interested students should notify Dr. Kinna Perry by March 6, 2021 of their intent to submit.

Campus deadline to apply: March 25, 2021

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition provides grants to US institutions from the US Department of Education with funding for individual doctoral fellowships to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. This is an annual competition.


Institutions of higher ed in the US are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must submit fellowship applications through their institution's grant application.

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if s/he meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States, or is a permanent US resident;

  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, before the fellowship begins, has been 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. Generally this means being at the advanced level in your research language.

Students may propose research for a period of no fewer than six months, and up to a maximum of twelve months. This fellowship may not be renewed.


  • International travel expenses, including excess baggage between the US and the host country(-ies) of research;

  • Maintenance allowance based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow;

  • Project allowance for research-related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses; and

  • Health & accident insurance premiums.

  • In some cases, it is also possible to request dependent allowance(s) (maintenance only).


Fellows shall:

  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of their research;

  • Devote full time to research on the approved topic;

  • Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period; and

  • Remain a student in good standing at their institution.


A final report is due from each fellow 30 days after the end of the grant period. Students should contact their institution’s project director for electronic reporting instructions.


Both institutional grant and student fellowship applications are submitted entirely online, including transcripts, at The Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant requires an institutional application, which means that all documents and correspondence for fellowships from the Department of Education must be submitted through RU-N's institutional application. Be sure to select "Newark" when selecting your Rutgers campus.

If you are considering applying or would like additional information, contact Dr. Kinna Perry to be included on a prospective applicant email list. This will enable you to get updates on the competition, including critical deadlines and helpful tips for creating a successful application package.


  • Online applications for students are now available at

  • The Campus Deadline is for your Fellowship Application and will be announced at the onset of the national competition. The Campus Deadline is when you must submit your completed Fellowship Application online - including all of your faculty references and supporting documents. The 2021 Campus Deadline for Rutgers-Newark is March 25, 2021.


  • The National Deadline is for the institutional Grant Application. The Rutgers-Newark completed institutional Grant Application must be submitted online by the National Deadline of April 5, 2021.

The applications created and submitted by students becomes a part of Rutgers-Newark's Grant Application. Your Fellowship Application (aka, "Campus") Deadline is *earlier* than the National Deadline because the Graduate School requires several days' lead time prior to the National Deadline for their receipt of the institutional Grant Application in order to complete the RU-N portion.

It is paramount that your recommenders understand the timing, and in particular that their references be submitted no later than the Campus Deadline of March 23. No exceptions. If referees encounter technical issues, they should first contact the g5 Help Desk.

Contact: Dr. Kinna Perry

Graduate School-Newark



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