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2020 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships (apply by February 10)

The Department of Education has just announced the 2020 Fulbright-Hays/DDRA fellowship competition.

The Graduate Center’s internal deadline for applications will be Monday, February 10, by 2:00 p.m. in order to allow for review of applications prior to the U.S. Department of Education’s transmittal deadline of February 18, 2020. No extensions to this deadline will be possible.

Students who are thinking of applying should contact Rachel Sponzo in the Provost’s Office ( as soon as possible for additional information. Please do not contact U. S. Department of Education personnel directly.



The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) funds individual dissertation level doctoral students to conduct research in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. This program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education (ED) and is not related to the IIE Fulbright program, which is run by the State Department. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program is for students who intend to conduct dissertation research outside of the United States and Western Europe, and is of particular interest to students in the social sciences and humanities.


The department of education published the application for the FY 2020 Fulbright-Hays competition in the federal register on December 17, 2019, and the application and additional information is available through the department of education website via the following URL:


Please note that because Fulbright-Hays awards are granted to students through their educational institutions, all applications must be submitted to the Graduate Center’s Provost Office prior to being submitted electronically to the Department of Education.


Given the timing of the current application period, the Graduate Center’s internal deadline will be Monday, February 10, 2:00 p.m. in order to allow for proper review and assembly of applications prior to the ED’s transmittal deadline of February 18th.


The application components include:


  1. Budget
  2. Application Narrative: The “narrative” should address the program selection criteria, and it is strictly limited to 10-pages in length.  A “page” is defined as 8.5” X 11”, single-sided, 1” margins all-around. Main text is to be double-spaced; single-spacing is allowed for charts, tables, etc. There are only three acceptable fonts:  Times New Roman; Courier; Courier New; or Ariel. Main text must be 12 point or larger; 10 point is acceptable for captions, tables, footnotes, etc.
  3. Human Subjects exempt/non-exempt narrative.
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Bibliography (2 pages)
  7. Foreign Language Evaluation(s)
  8. Letter of Affiliation from an institution in the host country
  9. Transcripts


If you have any questions about or are thinking about applying please contact Rachel Sponzo at, as soon as possible.  Please do not contact U. S. Department of Education personnel directly.

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