With the objective of promotion and development of modern foreign languages and area studies through the educational structure of the United States, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Eligibility is restricted to students who possess the requisite language skills for the dissertation project, who have a strong area studies background, and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The Office of International Affairs administers the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. Applicants must possess a strong background in area studies and modern foreign languages. 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.
Competitions are held annually, pending the availability of funds. Graduate students must apply through the Office of International Affairs.
Pursuant to the President’s July 14, 2020 Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization, the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) will not operate the Fulbright-Hays program in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, in the upcoming (2022-2023) academic year.
FY 2022 DDRA competition is closed.
If you are interested in applying for the FY2023 grant cycle, you must contact Fulbright-Hays Project Director Joanna Kukielka-Blaser to discuss the application process.
Ohio State graduate students may be eligible for either or both the Fulbright U.S. Student Program or the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. See a comparison chart for the differences between these two programs.
View list of recent Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant recipients.