Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) 2017 competition is open! The deadline for students to submit their complete applications is 9:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017. Letters of support and language evaluations must be submitted BEFORE the student can submit their application. There are no exceptions to the campus deadline and no changes are allowed to the application after this deadline; incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. You must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States to apply. The Department of Education requires electronic submission of DDRA applications through the www.G5.gov site. Applicants should go to this site for access to the online application and instructions for this grant program. The notice was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017.


Prospective applicants should contact Mark Lilleleht in the IRIS Awards Office (328 Ingraham Hall, awards@iris.wisc.edu, 608.265.6070) to discuss their application. Mark is available to advise on all aspects of the competition and proposal. If you are interested in applying please read & review the following material:

Each applicant is responsible for correctly submitting a complete application – which includes application forms, project narrative, bibliography, letters of recommendation, language evaluations, letters of affiliation and transcripts – by the campus deadline. Please refer to the 2017 Campus Instructions for more information.

All approved recipients of this grant are required to go through Human Subjects IRB clearance before funds are released. The U.S. Department of Education requires clearance of the specific research project as described in the grant proposal.

NOTE: Instructions in the application materials directed to the IHE or Project Director are instructions for the International Fellowships Office, which submits UW-Madison applications before the closing date.


Please note that the G5.gov site for the application system is NOT available 24/7. Hours of operation (in Eastern Standard Time) for the G5 website are:

  • Sunday: Unavailable from 03:00pm – 11:59pm EST
  • Monday: Unavailable from 12:00am – 05:59am EST
  • Tuesday: Available 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Unavailable from 09:00pm – 11:59pm EST
  • Thursday: Unavailable from 12:00am – 05:59am EST
  • Friday: Available 24 hours
  • Saturday: Available 24 hours

In addition, the G5 system will be closed from 4:00pm Friday, February 24, 2017 through 6:00am Monday, February 27, 2017 for system maintenance.

G5 help is available through e-mail or by calling the G5 Hotline (not through the IRIS Awards Office):

  • Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm EST, Monday–Friday, except on federal holidays
  • Toll-Free: 888.336.8930
  • TTY: 800.877.8339
  • Local: 202.401.6238
  • Email: edcaps.user@ed.gov

Please note:

Complete information about the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) 2017 competition is available from USED.

The deadline for UW-Madison students to submit their complete DDRA 2017 applications is 9:00 am, Monday, March 13, 2017. No exceptions, no extensions.

If you are a UW-Madison student planning to apply for a 2017 DDRA please email Mark Lilleleht immediately. Mark serves as campus Fulbright representative and will be submitting all UW applications. He needs to know who will be applying.

If you would like to review project statements of past successful UW-Madison applicants please email Mark to make arrangements.