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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 27, 2022
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Date of information session event / application workshop: 
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 15:30


Open to: 
Graduate students
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Advanced to Ph.D. candidacy prior to departure.
  • Modern foreign languages and non-western area studies.
  • Plans for a teaching career in the U.S. upon graduation.
  • Adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.
  • May apply to a western European country, but must research non-western studies at an institute which specializes in such studies.


Application Process: 


Campus Deadline is March 27, 2022

The Overseas Resource Center and the Office of Graduate Financial Aid have primary responsibility for the administration of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA. DDRA Grants have an involved campus process and require a Stanford endorsement. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in winter/spring and the national deadline usually follows about a week later. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

The student's application must be submitted through the appropriate channels at his/her university, and transmitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) by the university's Project Director.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition is usually announced in late January/early Februrary. The Campus Deadline will be confirmed once the National Deadline is set.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if a Fulbright-Hays Award is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information about the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Award, including application criteria, can be found at:


Additional Information


How the ORC can help

After reading this website and the official Fulbright-Hays website you should attend an ORC information session. Info sessions can be found at  This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Contact: Diane Murk for Project Director information.


Amount Awarded: 
Varies; Health and accident insurance, project allowance, maintenance and dependent's allowance, baggage, travel

About the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (DDRA)

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant, supports research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months.  Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the Fulbright-Hays is an entirely separate grant from the Fulbright grants administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA program is designed to train and maintain specialists whose academic interests and career goals include teaching and research in modern foreign languages and area studies for all major world areas with the exception of Western Europe.  Funding is provided to recipients through Stanford’s Office of Graduate Financial Aid and is NOT provided directly to the recipient.

Administered by Stanford
1 year program