U.S. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship
Synopsis of the Funding Opportunity Dated February 4, 2021
The Department of Education FOA is a dense read and thus we have attempted to distill it to the essential elements below.
Applicants must adhere to the absolute priority and should adhere to the competitive preferences.
Purpose of the Program: The DDRA provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of their study in the U.S.
Absolute Priority: Geographic Focus: A research project must absolutely 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).
Competitive Preference #1: Less commonly taught languages, i.e., NOT French, German, or Spanish.
Competitive Preference #2: Thematic focus: A research project conducted in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics [using modern foreign languages]
- Type of Award: Fellowships to individuals.
- Estimated Available Funds: $4,274,500.
- Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000-$60,000.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $35,000. [An increase of $4,000]
- Estimated Number of Awards: 90. [Decrease of ten]
- Project Period: 6-12 months.
To be eligible, a doctoral student must be:
- a citizen of the United States; or a permanent resident of the United States;
- a graduate student in good standing who, when the fellowship period begins, has been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and[/or] area studies at that institution;
- plan a teaching career in the United States upon graduation, or plan to apply language skills (in world areas vital to US national security) and knowledge of these countries in the fields of government, international development, and various professions; and
- possess adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project;
- submit their materials to UIC Project Director, Benn Williams, Fellowships and Awards Coordinator, via email to: DDRA.firstname.lastname@example.org by March 19, 2021.
Students may not:
- accept certain grants (Fulbright US Student Program administered by IIE(FUSP), Boren, IREX, Japan Foundation) in the same fiscal year that they receive a US/ED Fulbright-Hays grant;
- have received support for more than 6 months under the DDRA Program previously.
1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from the regulations for this program in 34 CFR 662.21 and are as follows:
(a) Quality of proposed project. (60 points) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the quality of the research project proposed by the
applicant. The Secretary considers—
(1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the research methods to be used;
(2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project’s originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline;
(3) The preliminary research already completed in the United States and overseas or plans for such research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries;
(4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad;
(5) The applicant’s plans to share the results of the research in progress and
a copy of the dissertation with scholars and officials of the host country or
(6) The guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or committee at all stages of the project, including guidance in developing the project, understanding research conditions abroad, and acquainting the applicant with research in the field.
(b) Qualifications of the applicant. (40 points) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the qualifications of the applicant. The Secretary considers—
(1) The overall strength of the applicant’s graduate academic record;
(2) The extent to which the applicant’s academic record demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project;
(3) The applicant’s proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than
English and the applicant’s native language) of the country or countries of
research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated
language barriers; and
(4) The applicant’s ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as
evidenced by the applicant’s references or previous overseas experience, or
- Narrative of a maximum 10 pages (double-spaced with 1-inch margins) including footnotes, charts, figures, titles, headings, quotations, endnotes, and captions (newly revised criterion)
- Bibliography of 2 pages (double-spaced as well)
- 12 point font or no small than 10 pitch of Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, or Courier New font (select “12” in word processing app)
- Ten-page limit does not apply to cover sheet , budget, budget narrative, abstract, CV, or letters of support
- Application for Federal Assistance face sheet (SF 424), a supplemental form without pages limits; [download PDF and open in Adobe]
- Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF424;
- Budget Information – Non-Construction Programs (ED 524)
- Reference forms, i.e., information regarding who will submit letters of reference
- Do NOT use fillable, interactive, or password-protected PDFs
- Campus deadline: NOON, March 19, 2021