Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program provides support for doctoral students to conduct dissertation research for six to 12 months outside the United States.


The internal KU deadline for the FY2024 DDRA competition is March 20, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. Doctoral students interested in the DDRA are strongly encouraged to also apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP).


An applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Be a graduate student in good standing at a U.S.-based institution of higher education who has been admitted to doctoral candidacy (i.e., has completed comprehensive examinations and is ABD/"all but dissertation");
  • Plan to have a teaching career in the United States after completion of the doctoral program;
  • Possess language skills adequate to carry out the proposed dissertation research abroad.

Application Checklist

It is very important that Dr. Sherman Johnson, the PI for all KU DDRA applications, has a back-up copy of your application in case of any issues with the online submission in G5.gov. The following items must be submitted both in the G5 online application and to Dr. Sherman Johnson via email at rachelsj@ku.edu.

  • Application​
  • Budget (monthly maintenance and research allowance)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project description
  • Ten-page limit, 12pt, double-spaced, 1-inch margins in Times New Roman font
  • Bibliography
  • Two-page limit, 12 pt, single-spaced, 1-inch margins in Times New Roman font
  • Language reference(s) (in English)
  • Three academic references. These should all be KU faculty if possible. One must be from the dissertation adviser. Ask your references to send a back-up copy to Dr. Sherman Johnson via email as well as submitting it through the G5 portal. Due to a known issue with the G5 system, applicants should not complete their materials submission until all reference letters are in submitted status. It is essential that referees submit their letters by the internal KU deadline, not the Department of Education national deadline.
  • Letter(s) of affiliation (written in English or translated)
  • Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • IRB narrative (applicants conducting research on human subjects only) Follow the instructions in the application package exactly, being as brief as possible while still covering all the required components. Do not upload the IRB narrative into the G5 portal; submit this only via email.

Award Benefits

  • Travel expenses to and from the US and the site(s) of research;
  • Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in the country(ies) of research;
  • Project allowances for research such as books, copying, affiliation fees, local travel, and incidentals;
  • Health and accident insurance;
  • A $100 administrative fee to the applicant institution (KU).

Attend an information session

Questions about applying? Not sure how to get started? Join Dr. Sherman Johnson on Zoom for an informal information and Q&A session on Friday, February 16 at 3:00 PM.


Contact Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson, Director of Internationalization & Partnerships