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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Program

Student stands at ceremony in Nepal

The highly competitive Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program supports PhD students pursuing research in modern foreign languages and area studies in countries outside of the United States.  

The Einaudi Center will shepherd you through the full application process, beginning with your intent to apply. Please note that your proposal and budget need to be approved by our Fulbright faculty project director: David Holmberg will review your materials, offer guidance, and work with you through the application process.  

What Is the Fulbright-Hays Program? 

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students. Funded students conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. Unlike the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Fulbright-Hays DDRA provides significant support for research activities.

The program seeks to increase the number of PhDs in the United States with a knowledge of one or more of the "lesser-taught" languages and of related countries or regions.


Cornell doctoral candidates studying modern foreign languages and area studies are eligible. In addition, you must fulfill these criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or national permanent resident who plans on a teaching career in the United States.
  • You have the necessary foreign language skills for your research project. 
  • You will pass your A exam before the beginning of the fellowship. 

How to Apply

Applications to open Spring 2023. 

Email us with your intent to apply. Include your net ID, department, chair of your graduate committee, and the country to which you are applying. You will work with the Einaudi Center to develop your application, which you will submit to the Department of Education

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Fellowship


  • Student