Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) program funds fellowships through institutions of higher education (IHEs) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries.

Funds support: travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research, a maintenance stipend for the fellow related to his or her academic year salary, and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas, such as books and photocopying, tuition, affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.

The 2024 competition is now open; UW-Madison’s application deadline is 10:00am CDT, Monday, April 22, 2024. The Department of Education’s technical assistance webinar is embedded below – learn more about applying for the FRA through UW-Madison further down the page.

The U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office (IFLE) will be offering a live Question and Answer (Q&A) Session on Microsoft Teams on March 20, 2024 from 2:00 to 3:15 pm CDT to answer questions from applicants. You can log into the session on the day at http://t1.info.ed.gov/r/?id=h39bd40,68cec5,691275.

The 2024 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad competition is now open!!

UW-Madison application deadline is 10:00am CDT, Monday, April 22, 2024.





Open to

U.S. citizens, permanent residents

Program duration

3-12 months

Award amount

Varies by award

Application deadline

UW-Madison applicants for the 2024 Fulbright-Hays FRA award need to submit through the G6/G5 application system by 10am CDT on Monday, April 22, 2024.

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  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Be employed by an institution of higher education in the United States and engaged in teaching relevant to foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award
  • Proposing 3-12 months of continuous research abroad during the 2024 “award year”: funded travel/research to be conducted January 1 – December 31, 2025
  • Proposing a research project that focuses 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) – projects focusing exclusively on western Europe are not eligible (though time in western Europe is allowable if part of a broader project – email Mark if you have questions about this)
  • Possess advanced foreign language skills to conduct the research project


The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) 2024 competition is now OPEN. Interested applicants are encouraged to initiate an application for the 2024 FRA in the Department of Education’s G6/G5 system ASAP.

The deadline for faculty to submit their completed 2024 applications is 10:00 am CST, Monday, April 22, 2024. Letters of support and language evaluations must be submitted BEFORE the faculty applicant can submit their application. There are no exceptions to the campus deadline and no changes are allowed to the application after this deadline; incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education.


Prospective applicants should contact Mark Lilleleht, the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Coordinator (256 Bascom Hall, uwfulbright@wisc.edu, 608.265.6070) to discuss their application. Mark is available to advise on all aspects of the competition and proposal. The Fulbright-Hays FRA is an institutional award; individual applicants submit their applications through their home institution in the G6/G5 application system.

If you are interested in applying, please read & review the following material:

The Department of Education has lots of useful additional materials available to applicants within the G6/G5 system for those who have initiated applications. Please refer to materials posted in the system to make sure that you are reviewing the latest versions; those below are shared to better inform potential applicants considering applying:

  • Technical Review Form (2024) – This is the form used to review and score applications. Completed, scored reviews will be returned to all applicants. This can be an especially good guide against which to check your application to make sure that you are submitting a complete, competitive application. You want to make sure that in your application you address ALL of the points discussed.
  • Guidelines for Faculty Applicants and FAQs (2024) – Provides information on the application line by line as well as answering common questions about the award, application, and awarding process.
  • Blank application form (2024)


UW-Madison Travel Policy precludes university-affiliated travel to locations that are under a current U.S. Department of State (DoS) Level 3 or Level 4 advisory designation, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3 notice, and locations specifically designated as a “Travel Warning” location by the Provost. To read this policy and potentially request a waiver, see information on UW-Madison International Safety and Security website. Applicants hoping to travel to a location currently under a travel advisory SHOULD apply for a Fulbright-Hays FRA award but it is the responsibility of awardees to secure any necessary waivers via the UW-Madison’s international travel policy. Notice that the above information applies to your planned travel if any part of your itinerary takes you through an area that is under a travel advisory. Questions regarding the UW-Madison travel policy should be directed to Ron Machoian, the UW-Madison ISSD, who can be contacted at ronald.machoian@wisc.edu, or at 608.890.2446.