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US/ED Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships

Fellowships are only for a narrow range of students in certain PhD programs in the social sciences or humanities who need to conduct 6-12 months of dissertation research abroad.  


All eligible applicants must be on the US/ED Fulbright-Hays DDRA email user group prior to the campus deadline.

Application Submission:

All application materials are submitted online through the International Institute.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who will be PhD candidates by the time the actual research begins, and who are currently enrolled in a U-M department or program where they specialize in non-West-European area studies and a modern foreign language. They must prove sufficient foreign-language capability to carry out their proposal, which must be for approved dissertation research that cannot be conducted in the United States. 



Both the competition and all subsequent awards are administered by the U-M International Institute. For information, instructions, advice, and application materials, email advisors at and provide brief answers to the following questions:

(a) in what country or countries do you propose doing your dissertation research?

(b) how much time have you or will you have spent there prior to your planned dissertation research?

(c) what foreign language or languages will you use for your research abroad (besides English or your native language)?

(d) how proficient are you in those languages?

(e) is there anything whatsoever about your planned research that either American officials or host-country officials might find in any way controversial (politically, socially, culturally, or religiously sensitive)?