The U.S. Department of Education has officially announced the 2014-15 Fulbright-Hays DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad) Fellowship competition. The Administration has approved funding for approximately 86 awards (roughly the same as the 12-13 and 13-14 competition). Once again students will have to swiftly put together their applications with a strict internal deadline of WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 at 5pm CT. The institutional project period is 18 months, beginning in October 2014. Students may request funding for a period of no less than 6 months and no more than 12 months.
A student is eligible to receive the DDRA if he or she:
- Will have candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies by the start of grant;
- Needs to conduct 6-12 months of field research in a non-Western country (i.e. 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 U.S.);
- Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
- Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation;
- Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.
Next steps for prospective applicants:
- Graduate Student Affairs is available for individual or small group advising appointments. All prospective applicants should contact Jessica Smith to schedule a meeting as soon as possible.
- Students’ ability to submit their applications by the deadline will depend on the cooperation of faculty and staff on whom students must rely to submit letters of recommendation and foreign language evaluations by the internal deadline of June 11. Students should be in contact with their recommenders and evaluators immediately.
- A DDRA webinar will be offered by the Department of Education on Thursday, June 5 at 11:30am ET. Additional information on how to register and attend will be available soon.
- NOTE: The posted deadline of June 24, 2014 refers to the institutional “drop deadline” by which all students’ applications must be vetted and approved internally before being submitted—a process which is time-consuming due to coordination of several offices.