Overseas Programs - Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

To provide opportunities for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign language and area studies with the exception of Western Europe.

This program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages

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and area studies in the United States.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Texas At Austin $ 30,380   2021-09-302023-09-30
Washington University, The $ 47,176   2021-09-302023-06-30
Cornell University $ 147,369   2021-09-302023-06-30
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 32,950   2020-09-302023-06-30
University Of Pittsburgh, The $ 22,546   2021-09-302023-04-30
Northwestern University $ 66,803   2020-09-302023-04-30
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 309,345   2021-09-302023-03-31
Administrators Of The Tulane Educational Fund, The $ 23,370   2021-09-302023-03-31
University Of Rochester $ 50,724   2021-09-302023-03-31
University Of California, Irvine $ 82,088   2021-09-302023-03-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds will be available to enable doctoral candidates to complete field research for their dissertations.

Generally awards will not be available for projects focusing primarily on Western Europe or countries where the United States has no diplomatic representation.

Financial provisions include basic stipend computed on the cost-of-living in the country where research is to be conducted; cost of international round trip jet economy air fare for fellow only; baggage allowance, dependents allowance for accompanying dependents based on cost-of-living in host country; project allowance to be utilized for the purchase of expendable materials, services, and supplies, tuition payments to foreign institutions, and local travel expenditures; funds to secure health and accident insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

A candidate for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship must: (1) be a (a) citizen or national of the United States; or (b) permanent resident of the United States; (2) be a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education who, when the fellowship period begins, has been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution; (3) plan a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; (4) possess adequate skills in the foreign language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The institutional project director will be responsible for accepting, screening, and forwarding through the Department of Education's Application system to the Advanced Training and Research Team those individual applications which meet the institution's technical and academic criteria and the program's eligibility requirements.

Candidates for dissertation research fellowships apply directly to the institutions at which they are enrolled in a Ph.D.

program, not to the Department of Education.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Institutions should request application materials from the Advanced Training and Research Team. Students should address requests for application forms institutional project director at the graduate schools at which they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

Award Procedures

The Advanced Training and Research Team will make initial selection and recommendation of fellowship recipients with the advice of a panel of specialists in foreign language and area studies and comments by U.S. embassies and binational commissions in the proposed countries of research. Selections are subject to review and final approval by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The grant covering successful graduate students is made to the applicant, i.e., institutions of higher education.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Section 102(b)(6), Public Law 87-256.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for at least 6 but not more than 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


Fellows: Pre-Fellowship reports through the grantee institution are due no later than 30 days prior to travel to begin research.

Final reports through the grantee institution are due no later than 90 days after the termination date of the award.

Institutions: fiscal reports.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.


Records bearing on receipt and expenditure of funds to be made available for inspection by the Department for 3 years after close of fiscal year in which expenditures are made if departmental audit has occurred by that time, until audit or for five years following the end of the budget period in which the grant expired (whichever is later) or until resolution of any outstanding audit questions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,477,313; FY 17 est $3,397,151; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Final regulations published in 34 CFR 662, and in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Pamela Maimer International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: ddra@ed.gov Phone: (202) 4536891

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive preference priority, is 105 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining 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 (10 points); (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 (10 points); (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 (10 points); (4) the justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (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 countries (10 points); and (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 (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) the overall strength of the applicant's graduate academic record (10 points); (2) the extent to which the applicant's academic record demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project (10 points); (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 (15 points); 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 both (5 points). Subject to change. Contact program officer for further information.

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