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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. William Chou, Department of History, Devin Grammon, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Keshia Lai, Department of History, are the recipients of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant.

Chou will conduct research for his dissertation from January – December 2016 in Tokyo examining "Made with America: Transpacific Networks and the Construction of Japanese Quality and Appeal, 1952- 1982." He will be affiliated with the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and Osaka University. During his year in Tokyo, he will be researching materials in Japanese corporate, industry and government archives to see how the Japanese have exchanged and adapted technological and marketing knowledge from the United States.

Grammon will travel to Cusco January – December 2016 to research "Intercultural competence: Dialect Features and Global Education" in Cusco, Peru. He will be affiliated with Centro Tinku, a cultural center and language school, and the National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot. During his year of ethnographic fieldwork in Cusco, Grammon will be a participant observer among students, instructors and others in volunteering and service-learning endeavors that are combined with foreign language study. He will investigate how participants’ use of languages and local dialect features relate to social relationships and participants’ beliefs about how language relates to their social worlds.

Lai will be in Singapore from January – August 2016 to research "Americanizing Singaporean Mormons, 1968-1995: Conversations about Race, Gender and Family." She will be affiliated with Nanyang Technological University. While in Singapore, Lai will examine the impact of Mormonism on the lives of Singaporeans by conducting oral history interviews with at least 70 Singaporean Mormons. She will also use the National Archives of Singapore to access historical documents concerning government policies on religion, race and gender.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.


The Office of International Affairs administers the Fulbright-Hays program for Ohio State. Grant competitions are held annually. Doctoral candidates interested in applying for the award should contact Fulbright-Hays program director Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.