Fulbright-Hays Dissertation


The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program is a separate and distinct program from the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Program. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and it 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.


A student is eligible to receive a Fulbright-Hays award if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Award Info

Expenses covered by the award:

  • Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.
  • Maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the cost of living in country or countries 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.
  • An administrative fee of $100 to applicant institution.

Terms and Conditions

A Fulbright-Hays fellow shall:

  • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.
  • Devote full time to research on the approved topic.
  • Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period.
  • Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.
  • Register In-Absentia while doing their research abroad.

Application Process

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must apply through their institutions. Proposals should be prepared in the electronic format available through the Department of Education website. Applications must be submitted electronically using the Department's G5 system.

Students must also submit a PDF copy of their application via email to the Graduate Division contact below.


Applications are required to be submitted electronically using the Department of Education’s G5 system: https://www.g5.gov/. AND a PDF copy of all submission materials must be emailed to gina.anzivino@uci.edu. The next competition cycle is TBD.

Contact Information

Gina Anzivino
UCI DDRA Project Director
Graduate Division

The Fulbright-Hays GY 2018-2019 competition has not yet been announced. We expect this to open in early spring. Please check back then for more information regarding updated deadlines. 


Program Overview

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides prestigious opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Students may request funding for a period no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Projects in Western Europe are not supported.

Note: Fulbright-Hays will not fund applications to the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, Marshall Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Gaza, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, or Yemen.

This year NYU will have two internal deadlines.

The first NYU internal deadline will be for students who would like to receive feedback on their application. After feedback is issued, these students will be able to access and revise their application before resubmitting. In order to receive feedback, students must submit by the first deadline. 
The first NYU internal review deadline is Tuesday, February 28.

The second and final NYU deadline will be for students who do not wish to receive feedback on their application. All applicants and their recommenders must submit all documentation to the G5 online application system by the final NYU campus deadline of February 28. Late applications will not be considered. 
The second and final NYU deadline is Tuesday, March 7.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Application Instructions and Resources

NYU-GSAS Fulbright-Hays DDRA Information Sheet
The Graduate School has designed an information sheet to help navigate the logistics of the application. Please use this as a resource and a supplement to the official Department of Education application instructions.

U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays DDRA Information 
The U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays webpage includes a wealth of information about the program and competition. This information includes an in-depth review of the FY 2017 application instructions, program timeline and eligibility, FAQs, and a link to a pre-application webinar. Please read all application instructions before beginning an application.

University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS)
A section of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA application requires applicants to indicate if Human Subjects Approval from an IRB is required. For more information about NYU's IRB process and to find out if a project requires IRB approval, please visit the NYU UCAIHS website or review the IRB Decision Tree.

For questions about the Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition, please contact gsas.fellowships@nyu.edu.










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