Fulbright Hays DDRA


The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) 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 deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. Students may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). You can find the latest info sheet on the DDRA here.


To be eligible for the award, you must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Be a graduate student in good standing at UConn in a doctoral program in a modern foreign language or area studies;
  • Be planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of your degree; and
  • Possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Application Instructions

Applicants submit a proposal electronically through G6, the Department of Education’s Grant Management system.

The external deadline is March 29, 2024.

However, since DDRA applications must be submitted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the internal deadline is much earlier.

Internal Timeline for Spring 2024:

  • Student applicants must inform ONSF staff of their intent to apply by 03/01/2024.
  • ONSF staff will request additional information from the student before coordinating with pre-award services staff to secure a research administrator (to help with budgeting, etc.,).  The administrator will work in CLAS Grant Management Services (GMS).  Even if you are not a CLAS student, your pre-award research administrator for the Fulbright DDRA will be from CLAS GMS.
  • PI submits proposal document (including draft scientific documents) to CLAS GMS by 03/18/2024.
  • CLAS GMS submit full proposal (including draft scientific documents) to SPS pre-award by 5pm EST on 03/21/2024.
  • PI sends final proposal documents by 10am EST on 03/28/2024.
  • CLAS GMS submit final proposal documents to SPS pre-award by 12pm EST on 03/28/2024.
  • SPS Pre-Award submits proposal by 5pm EST on 03/29/2024.

Note that students may continue to work on most of the substantive elements of their applications between 3/18 and 3/21, but that applications should be in their final condition by the end of the day on 3/21.

    Contact Information

    For assistance with the application and navigating the campus submission process, please contact Michael Cunningham at michael.cunningham@uconn.edu.