Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)

Provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries.

Competitions are held annually, pending the availability of funds.

Application cycle:

December 17, 2019

February 18, 2020

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This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other counties.


  • Eligible applicants must be enrolled in US institutions of higher education
  • U.S. Graduate students must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States.
  • The applicant 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.
  • The applicant is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.
  • The applicant possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

How to apply

Applications for this program must be submitted electronically using the G5 system, accessible through the Department’s G5 site at:

While completing your electronic application, both the IHE and the student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. The process for submitting applications electronically under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program has several parts. Be sure to refer to the Federal Register Notice for specific guidance. We strongly recommend that both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process.

You may obtain a copy of the application package online in the G5 system or from the US Department of Education . If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to one of the program contact person listed below.

FY 2020 DDRA Application Instructions:  PDF (1.5M) | MS Word (613K ) Please note that the definitive, official application instructions are in the G5 system. The funding opportunity number for FY 2020 applications is ED-GRANTS-121719-002.

Tips and assistance:
The FY 2020 DDRA pre-application webinar was held on January 9, 2020. The webinar covered a variety of topics, including DDRA program requirements, selection criteria, and frequently asked questions. A recording of the webinar will be available to stream on IFLE’s YouTube channel soon. IFLE also held a showcase webinar featuring past participants of the DDRA program on March 9, 2017. Click here to access a recording of the DDRA showcase webinar.

Application contact:
Dr. Pamela J. Maimer
International and Foreign Language Education
U.S. Department of Education
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 258-24
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6891

Required documents

For more information on the required documents please visit click here.

Recommendation letters

Three letters of recommendation is required for this grant category.

What do we cover?

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.
  • Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country (ies) of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s).
  • Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel and other incidental expenses.
  • Health and accident insurance premiums.


The Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of both, Jordanian and American societies.  The Commission seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its scholarships, grants, programs and other higher educational exchange activities and its workforce and workplace.  Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Commission is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.

Additional guidance

This Fellowship Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Programs Service in Washington, D.C. at:

Federal Register Notice:
dated December 17, 2019  | pdf

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