Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) 2021 competition is now open. The deadline for students to submit their complete applications is 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1, 2021. 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 February 4, 2021.

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 campus instructions for more information.

All approved recipients of this grant are required to go through Human Subjects IRB clearance (as appropriate) 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 IRIS Awards 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

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

One final note: UW-Madison Travel Policy precludes university-affiliated student travel to locations that are under a current U.S. Department of State (DoS) Level 3 or Level 4 advisory designation, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3 notice, and locations specifically designated as a “Travel Warning” location by the Provost. To read this policy and potentially request a waiver, see information on UW-Madison International Safety and Security website. Students hoping to travel to a location currently under a travel advisory SHOULD apply for a Fulbright-Hays DDRA award but it is the responsibility of awardees to secure any necessary waivers via the UW-Madison’s international travel policy. Notice that the above information applies to your planned travel if any part of your itinerary takes you through an area that is under a travel advisory.

Questions regarding the UW-Madison travel policy should be directed to Ron Machoian, the UW-Madison ISSD, who can be contacted at ronald.machoian@wisc.edu, or at 608.890.2446.

Recent awardees


  • Ariel Borns, Guatemala, Educational Policy Studies
  • Sarah Farr, Mexico, Sociology
  • Tyler Hook, Sierra Leone, Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology
  • Ned Littlefield, Brazil, Political Science
  • Jeremy Mannheim, India, Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Matthew Venker, Myanmar, Anthropology


  • Kate Carter, Kenya, Political Science
  • Karann Putrevu, Russia, Environment and Resources


  • Bailey Albrecht, Japan, History
  • Diana Famakinwa, Nigeria, Educational Policy Studies
  • David Greenwood-Sanchez, Mexico & Peru, Political Science
  • Kelsey Huisman, Ecuador, Botany
  • Isaac Leslie, Argentina, Socilogy
  • Molly Minden, Guatemala, Political Science
  • Choua Xiong, Thailand, Educational Policy Studies


  • Lindsay Ehrisman, Uganda, History
  • Nicolle Etchart, Ecuador, Geography
  • Akshay Sarathi, Tanzania, Anthropology
  • Alicia Wright, India, Journalism


  • Jason Hopper, Bhutan, Anthropology
  • Kip Hutchins, Mongolia, Anthropology
  • Caitlin Tyler-Richards, Nigeria, History
  • Fernanda Villarroel, Germany, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Art History

Please Note:

Complete information about the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) 2021 competition is available from USED.

The deadline for UW-Madison students to submit their complete DDRA 2020 applications is 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1, 2021. No exceptions, no extensions.

If you are a UW-Madison student planning to apply for a 2021 DDRA please email Mark Lilleleht. Mark serves as campus Fulbright advisor and will be submitting the UW application. 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.

We have collected approximately 20 years of “advice for future fellows” that is part of the final report all DDRA recipients complete and submit at the end of their award term and can make that available to UW-Madison applicants on request.