Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship


The US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for faculty to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in US curricula. Faculty may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than three months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance based on the academic year salary of the applicant; and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).


Faculty applicants propose research relevant to their modern foreign language or area studies specialization

  1. A US citizen, national, or permanent resident employed by an institution of higher education
  2. Engaged in teaching relevant to his or her foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award
  3. Possess sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project

How to Apply

Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, eligible scholars submit their individual research narratives and application forms to their home IHE. The IHE compiles all eligible individual faculty applications for inclusion in the institutional application that is submitted to ED.

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Deadlines & Timeline

Program is currently on hold and not accepting applications. 


For support with proposal development

Elly Vandegrift,  Global Studies Institute

Mara Fields and Catherine Jarmin Miller, Research Development Services


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