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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Office of International Affairs administers the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. These grants provide support for advanced graduate students studying modern foreign languages and area studies (projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported). All doctoral degree candidates proposing full-time dissertation research abroad on topics that develop research knowledge and capabilities in world areas not commonly taught in U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply. Grants support field research of six to 12 months in duration. Eligibility is restricted to students who possess the requisite language skills for the dissertation project, and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The History of Title VI and Fulbright-Hays details the emergence of Title VI Language and Area Studies Programs.

Application Process

This program holds an annual competition. Graduate students must apply through the Office of International Affairs. If you plan to apply for the FY 2015 award, contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser (kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu).

Ohio State Campus Deadline

April 17, 2015. (The Department of Education closing date is April 28, 2015.)

Application Package

Without registering at the U.S. Department of Education's online site for G5, prospective applicants can obtain a PDF copy of the application package they are seeking by visiting: www.g5.gov.

Eligible Applicants

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship 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.

Please review the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Duration of the Grant

  • Students may propose research for six to 12 months.
  • This fellowship may not be renewed.

Terms and Conditions

A 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.

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.

Reporting Requirements

A final report is due from each fellow 90 days after the end of the grant period. Students should contact their institution's project director for electronic reporting instructions.

For further information visit the United States Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays, or contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

Joanna Kukielka-Blaser
International Affairs
300 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1219
(614) 292-9999
Fax (614) 292-4273

Ohio State Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant Recipients