Listen to a GoGlobalEd Podcast episode featuring Dr. Diana Chioma Famakinwa, Assistant Director, African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a 2018-19 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Research Fellow to Nigeria: Dr. Diana Famakinwa on the Podcast (19:10)
Program Office: International and Foreign Language Education
Program Type: Fellowships
Also Known As: Fulbright
DDRA Program Press Kit: PDF (6.58M)
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
Types of Projects
Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.
On March 24, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas “vacat[ed] 34 C.F.R. § 662.21(c)(3) as to all 2023 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship applicants until the Court reaches a merits decision in this case or the U.S. Department of Education publishes a final rule amending the regulation, 34 C.F.R. § 662.21(c)(3).” Lujan v. Cardona, No. 3:22-CV-00159-DCG, ECF No. 37. On April 3, 2023, the Court issued a second order that clarified the scope of its injunction regarding the criterion set forth in 34 C.F.R. § 662.21(c)(3), also known as the “Foreign Language Criterion.” The Court clarified that “its injunction applies only insofar as the Foreign Language Criterion prohibited considering an applicant’s native language skills.” Lujan v. Cardona, No. 3:22-CV-00159-DCG, ECF No. 40. In accordance with the Court order, the Department will consider the criterion set forth in 34 C.F.R. § 662.21(c)(3) in the Fulbright-Hays 2023 competition cycle, including awarding points to applicants based on relevant native language skills (other than English). The Department will also increase the number of points associated with this selection criterion from 1 point to 10 points. The Department will publish a formal notice to amend the Notice Inviting Applications for the 2023 competition cycle to reflect these changes in the coming weeks and to extend the deadline for applications to April 28, 2023.