Important Changes Coming to the Fulbright-Hays Selection Process

The Department of Education (Department) recently issued an amended federal register notice for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program. According to the notice, the Department of Education is “amending the selection criterion and the selection criteria point allocations in the Notice Inviting Applications for FY2023 and extending the deadline date for transmittal of applications until April 28, 2023.” According to a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, this amended selection process is in response to lawsuits filed by applicants to the program.

For the Fiscal Year 2023 application for awards, the Department allowed one point at most in the selection process for proficiency in one or more languages other than English or the applicant’s native language. The lawsuit stated that the rule for the program penalizes students whose native language is the same as what is spoken in the country where they want to conduct their research.