Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Reseach Abroad (DDRA)

Internal Deadline: June 15, 5pm CST

About the Award

These fellowships provide 6-12 months of funding to do doctoral dissertation research in 1 or more countries worldwide, except Western Europe (unless visited briefly for archival research). The program is intended to create modern language and world area specialists who have an interdisciplinary approach to research.


U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have PhD candidacy at time of travel and who wish to do dissertation research in non-Western countries. Students must have achieved a level of language proficiency necessary to conduct the proposed research. Grants are not generally provided for research in countries where the United States has no diplomatic representation or where there is a Department of State travel security warning.

Application Process

Applications must be completed online through a system called G5.gov.
Information about the Fulbright Hays DDRA application process is available on the Department of Education's website


Potential applicants are encouraged to meet with Sara Mehta (srmehta@uchicago.edu) to discuss the application, which is reviewed on a point system worth 110.

Application Components

  • Application Narrative not to exceed page limit (10 pages);
  • Bibliography: up to 2 pages in addition to the 10 page narrative;
  • Curriculum Vita, which should include relevant course work dealing with language and area studies specialization, fellowships and honors received, publications, and other relevant experience;
  • Language Reference Form submitted electronically by reviewer;
  • Letters of Reference (x 3) submitted electronically by referees (one of which must be from advisor);
  • Letters of Affiliation (x 3-5) from contacts and/or institutions in host country;
  • All official transcripts;
  • Applicants will also need to provide an IRB narrative (if applicable) and the application requires that students list the date of the their last physical examination (needs to be within the last year) and name and phone number of their doctor.

2017-2018 DDRA Winners

Student Department Country
Keegan Boyar History Mexico
Hilary Leathem Anthropology Mexico
David Lebovitz East Asian Languages and Civilizations China, Hong Kong
Patrick Lewis Anthropology Turkey
Alysia Mann Carey Political Science Brazil, Colombia
Ramzy Mardini Political Science Jordan, Turkey
Erin McCullugh History Brazil
Christian Rocha History Mexico
Benjamin Van Zee History Poland

Fellowships Contact

For more information, contact Sara Mehta, Assistant Director of Fellowships in UChicagoGRAD

Fellowship Proposal Editing

Graduate students who need editing support with their fellowship proposals should contact UChicagoGRAD's Fellowship Proposal Specialist, Annie Janusch.