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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program 2018 Now OPEN

18 May Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Applications are now open for the 2018 cycle of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program.  The Federal Register announcement can be accessed here.  Prospective applicants must read this document carefully before proceeding:  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/16/2018-10476/applications-for-new-awards-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad-fellowship-program

The institutional deadline for transmittal of completed applications is July 2, 2018.  For GMU applicants, OSP and the Office of Graduate Fellowships will require completed applications to be submitted by 11:59 pm on FRIDAY, JUNE 22, in order to complete the process of university endorsement and transmittal.  Dr. Kay Agoston, Director of Graduate Fellowships, is available to consult with prospective applicants and offer guidance and feedback during the application process.  She can be reached at kagoston@gmu.edu.  Please use email, not phone.

Please note that the Fulbright-Hays DDRA program is a specialized program that supports ONLY doctoral dissertation research abroad.  It is distinct from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which supports overseas study and research at other stages of a student’s career as well.  This announcement should be shared with doctoral students in your program, particularly those planning to conduct dissertation research abroad.

Eligibility:
A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she

  • Is a citizen/national of the United States OR is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program AND whose dissertation research relates to area studies / modern foreign languages OTHER THAN western Europe.
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Duration of the Grant:
Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months, any time within the 18-month period of October 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020.  The fellowship may not be renewed.

Requirements and Preferences:
The Federal Register document linked above contains important information about the types of research supported by this program, and must be read carefully by all prospective applicants.  In particular, please note:

  • Research must focus on a specific world region, including 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). Research in western Europe is NOT supported.
  • Special preference is given to applicants conducting research using languages other than French, Spanish, and German.  In general, applicants will be expected to have a sufficient level of proficiency in the language to conduct independent research.  The use of translators or assistants will not be supported.
  • Certain fields of study will also be awarded preference in the review process, including: STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.  Applicants are not required to be in one of these fields, but those who are will receive special consideration.

 How to Apply:
Applications for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards are submitted on the student’s behalf by the Office of Graduate Fellowship and the Office of Sponsored Programs through the Department of Education’s G5 online application system.  If you are considering applying, please contact the Director of Graduate Fellowships Dr. Kay Agoston for:

  • Additional information on the Fulbright-Hays DDRA program.
  • Instructions on how to access G5 and set up your application.

This application is lengthy and time lead time is short. If you wish to apply, please contact Dr. Agoston promptly via email.

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