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Overseas Programs - Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad - #84.022

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.

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive preference priority, is 105 points. 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.

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