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Overseas Programs - Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education


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 and area studies in the United States.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $5,437,734; FY 10 est $5,984,734; FY 11 est $5,800,000

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.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: 148 new fellowships are expected to be awarded. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Not available.

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.

Applicant Eligibility:

Institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Candidate for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship must: (1a) Be a citizen or national of the United States; (1b) be a 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.

Award Procedure:

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 Info for Headquarters Office:

Amy Wilson, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K St NW, Room 6084, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7689.

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