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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award

Application Procedure

  1. Complete the UNC-Chapel Hill interest and eligibility form.
  2. Review the official application guidelines. (2023 guidelines forthcoming)
  3. Review U.S. Dept. of Education FAQ and Student Applicant Instructions.
  4. Align research statement with the Technical Review Form.
  5. Submit G5 online application (2023 deadline TBD)

NOTE: Carolina applicants may not apply independently of UNC-Chapel Hill. Eligible students must submit their research narratives and forms through the UNC-Chapel Hill application process by the internal deadline (2023 deadline TBD).

Information Session: Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a virtual information session to learn more about eligibility, expectations, application process, timeline and resources. The session will be scheduled once the 2023 cycle opens.


This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six- to 12-months.

Students may request funding for a period of no fewer than six months and no more than 12 months.

This grant is available to doctoral candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not eligible for funding. The grant provides travel expenses, maintenance allowance for the grantee and the grantee’s dependents, books and other research-related expenses and health insurance.


Doctoral students from all departments are eligible if the focus of the dissertation has an area studies and/or language component. Field work in English is generally not supported.

Specifically, a student is eligible to receive a fellowship if the student…

  • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution;
  • Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation; and
  • Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

2022 Competitive Priorities

Competitive Preference Priority 1: Focus on “Less Commonly Taught Languages”

A research project that focuses on any modern foreign language except French, German or Spanish
View a list of Less Commonly Taught Languages as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Competitive Preference Priority 2: Thematic Focus on Academic Fields

A research project conducted in the field of science (including climate change), technology, engineering (including infrastructure studies), mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health (including epidemiology), or economics

Application Instructions

Applicants submit a proposal electronically through G5, the Department of Education’s Grant Management system. It is recommended that applicants format their narrative proposal using the Fulbright-Hays Technical Review Form as a guide.

Applicants are reminded that the Federal Register Notice is the official document for application guidelines and that applicants should not rely upon any information that is inconsistent with the guidance contained within it.

For specific questions related to your application or the Carolina process for application submission, contact Julie Montaigne,

NOTE: Programs listed on this section of the website are housed within the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, and global programs at Carolina are not limited to those listed in this section. In addition, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, students and staff will find global opportunities available through Carolina’s area studies centers, the Study Abroad Office and across other departments and professional schools.