Overseas Programs - Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad


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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Section 102(b)(6), Public Law 87-256
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
A candidate for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship must: (1) be a (a) citizen or national of the United States; or (b) 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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The institutional project director will be responsible for accepting, screening, and forwarding through the Department of Education's Application system to the Advanced Training and Research Team in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education in the Office of Postsecondary Education those individual applications which meet the institution's technical and academic criteria and the program's eligibility requirements. Candidates for dissertation research fellowships apply directly to the institutions at which they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program, not to the Department of Education.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Institutions should request application materials from the Advanced Training and Research Team. Students should address requests for application forms to the institutional project director at the graduate schools at which they are enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
Award Procedure
The Advanced Training and Research Team in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education 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 the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
About 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality of the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary considers: (1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the research methods to be used (10 points); (2) the relationship of the research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project's originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline (10 points); (3) the preliminary research already completed in the United States and overseas or plans for such research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) the justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) the applicant's plans to share the results of the research in progress and a copy of the dissertation with scholars and officials of the host country or countries (10 points); and (6) the guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or committee at all stages of the project, including guidance in developing the project, understanding research conditions abroad, and acquainting the applicant with research in the field (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) the overall strength of the applicant's graduate academic record (10 points); (2) the extent to which the applicant's academic record demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project (10 points); (3) the applicant's proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant's native language) of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and (4) the applicant's ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant's references or previous overseas experience, or both (5 points). Subject to change. Contact program officer for further information.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 2 CFR 200, subpart F.
Records bearing on receipt and expenditure of funds to be made available for inspection by the Department for 3 years after close of fiscal year in which expenditures are made if departmental audit has occurred by that time, until audit or for five years following the end of the budget period in which the grant expired (whichever is later) or until resolution of any outstanding audit questions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made for at least 6 but not more than 12 months. This information is included in the award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Pamela Maimer
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-6891
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$3,747,141.00; FY 23 est $3,252,399.00; FY 24 est $3,585,000.00; FY 21$5,513,486.00; FY 20$4,265,723.00; FY 19$3,493,433.00; FY 18$3,744,983.00; FY 17$3,397,151.00; FY 16$3,477,313.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Final regulations published in 34 CFR 662, and in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.