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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

FHWA Office of Technical Services

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program
2012 Grants for Research / Intern Fellowship Announcement

 

CONTENTS


OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

This announcement is for the EISENHOWER GRANTS FOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (GRF) AND INTERN FELLOWSHIPS. The purpose of the GRF is to acquaint students with transportation research, development, and technology transfer activities and to provide opportunities to conduct research on important transportation projects at Federal and State Department Of Transportation facilities.

The purpose of the INTERN fellowship is to provide students with opportunities to perform transportation-related research, development, technology transfer, and other activities at both public and private sector organizations.

The Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships provide students an opportunity to enhance their pursuit of a degree in a field of study that is directly related to transportation. Recipients of the 2012 Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships must be enrolled full time at an accredited U.S. Institution of Higher Education.

The Department of Transportation encourages students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities to apply for the Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants of the Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships must:

Non-U.S. citizens must attach a certified copy of their I-20 or I-551 ID issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

GRF/Intern Fellowships are intended for:

RESEARCH PROJECT

Applicants must select one or more projects from the Approved List of Candidate Research Projects contained in this announcement. If selected for a project, the GRF/Intern recipient will conduct research at the designated facility (full-time) unless otherwise specified in the agency announcement.

Each recipient must have a Faculty Advisor assigned to provide academic supervision. Technical direction on the research project will be provided by a Project Technical Advisor. GRF/Intern recipients may receive academic credit from their university for their research project. The Faculty Advisor in consultation with the Project Technical Advisor will determine the amount of academic credit.

SELECTION

The Universities and Grants Programs (U&GP) will administer the fellowship on behalf of the sponsoring office/agency. U&GP will forward applications to the technical advisor upon receipt and eligibility verification. The sponsoring office/agency will be responsible for selecting the preferred candidate.

DURATION

The duration of an Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships will range from three (3) – twelve (12) months

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

The Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Merit includes:

STIPEND, TUITION AND TAXES

Fellowship recipients should be advised that the stipend portion of the fellowship is subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations (Publication 520, revised June 2002).

The stipends for the Eisenhower GRF/ Intern Fellowships are as follows:

Actual Stipend level may vary based upon available funding.

The GRF/Intern Fellowship will cover a maximum of $10,000 in tuition annually that relates to the academic credits for the approved research project year. Recipients will be paid a travel allowance for a reasonable cost of travel to and from the Federal or State Department of Transportation facility where they will conduct the research.

CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE

Any major change in the project, project scope, or an extension in time to complete the project must be approved by the Program Manager, Universities and Grants Programs. GRF/Intern Fellowship recipients must conduct original research and prepare a paper or report suitable for publication on the topic for which they are selected.

Recipients must make the results of their research available to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department will retain an unlimited royalty-free privilege to use the results of the research.

Recipients are responsible for finding their own housing accommodations prior to arrival at their DOT approved facility. Some of the facilities may require use of an automobile for commuting purposes.

In addition, fellowship recipients will be allowed a one-time expenditure up to $1,500 for attendance at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in January.

Restrictions on the use of fellowship funds are as follows:

Once an award is made, the initial study plan and project topic may be changed only after consultation between the fellowship recipient's Faculty Advisor and the Universities & Grants Program Manager.

Award funding is contingent upon the recipient's satisfactory academic progress as determined by university policies.

Federal, State, and local government transportation employees may be eligible for the monthly stipend but will be required to take leave from their current employer. These recipients are expected to fulfill work-release terms with their current employers upon expiration of the fellowship.

SCHEDULE

Projects for Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships will remain open until filled.

Send the application to the address in the section entitled "How to Apply".

Selected fellowship recipients will be contacted through your faculty advisor by the Universities and Grants Programs to confirm acceptance of the award. Each fellowship will be awarded to the University on behalf of the student.

HOW TO APPLY

The Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowship application and supporting materials are to be sent to the following address:

Mr. Henry C. Murdaugh, Program Manager,
Universities & Grants Programs
Technology Partnership Programs, DTS-TP-20
1310 North Courthouse Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

TEL: (703) 235-0538
FAX: (703) 235-0593
Website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpp/ugp.htm

General Instructions: Please read the Eisenhower GRF/Intern Fellowships Announcement and these instructions before preparing the application materials. Applicants must submit one original (with signatures) and one copy of all materials. APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE REQUESTED NUMBER OF COPIES. All materials must be typed.

Applicants should:

Complete Application:

A completed application must be typed and consist of:

It is permissible to use copies of the application forms.

Application - Part 1: All requested information must be provided unless labeled "optional." If an item is not available, state "NA". Non-U.S. citizens must attach a copy of their I-20 ID or I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Service. The application must have an original signature in ink.

Application - Part 2: List only those universities where you are currently enrolled or a degree was obtained. List only those employers where a transportation function was performed. Each applicant must have no more than four recommendation and/or endorsement letters. If currently employed in a transportation function, it is imperative that your employer submits an endorsement letter. The recommendation and endorsement letters should contain length and nature of the person's relationship with the applicant, comments on the applicant's overall ability to perform the project and potential for major contributions in one or more areas of transportation.

Application - Part 3: The narrative should demonstrate an applicant's intent and desire to pursue a study of and/or a career in transportation. The applicant should discuss how their graduate study, research plans and career goal will impact transportation. Part 3 must be limited to two pages.

Application - Part 4: Applicants will use Part 4 to indicate their selected research projects. A total of three (3) projects may be selected, starting with the applicant's first preference. Number each selected project accordingly (1, 2 and 3).

Mailing the Application: Applicants are urged to submit their application, transcript copies and supporting documents in the same envelope. (Incomplete application packets will not be considered). Universities are permitted to send transcripts directly to the address shown in the "How To Apply" section. When submitting the application, please package them in sequential order (i.e., Application Form Part 1, Application Form Part 2, Proposed Plan of Study, Transcripts, Resume, 4 Letters of Recommendation and I-20 or I-551 if applicable).

For a copy of the application form click here.

RETURN OF MATERIAL: Applications and any supporting documents cannot be returned to applicants.


GRF Project #1

TITLE OF PROJECT: Gather and analyze information on transportation education programs and develop materials in support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) workforce development programs

SPONSOR: Office of Technical Services

LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT: 9-12 Months

DISCIPLINES: Public Administration, Public Policy; Education; Economics; Law; Transportation, Engineering

PREREQUISITES: Masters or Doctoral Degree Candidate

BACKGROUND: This assignment is in the Office of Technical Services (OTS), FHWA. The OTS administers a variety of training, education and technology transfer programs. These programs are designed to serve Federal, state and local transportation agencies in the U. S. They include the National Highway Institute (NHI), the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and the Eisenhower Fellowship Program. The OTS also administers two new programs recently established and funded by transportation legislation (SAFETEA-LU) – the Transportation Education Development Pilot Program and the Garrett A., Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program. In order to ensure the effectiveness of these and other related workforce development programs, FHWA works closely with colleges and universities. This position is established to assist the OTS in its effort to foster and strengthen partnerships with educational institutions.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT: The assignment will include:

ACADEMIC CREDIT: To be determined.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: This research is expected to yield significant insights from the education and transportation communities that will help determine how the nation matches transportation educational needs with academic offerings and resources. These insights will be documented in interim and final project reports.

TECHNICAL ADVISOR:

Moges Ayele
Senior Liaison for Higher Education
Office of Technical Services
Federal Highway Administration
240 – 393-2658
moges.ayele@fhwa.dot.gov



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2012 DDETFP Applicant Checklist

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Dear Applicant:

This letter is provided in an effort to ensure that all information is submitted in a timely manner. Incomplete packages will be returned. Please pay attention to all deadlines and information.

Prior to sending your packet to Universities and Grants Programs, 1310 North Courthouse Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201, ensure that you have reviewed your application thoroughly and are confident that all materials are enclosed.

If you would like confirmation of delivery provide a Postage Paid Postcard with your return address.

Application Items
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- 1 Copy of Application Packet _____
- Contact Information _____
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Faculty Advisor Signature _____
Signed Application _____
Official University Transcripts _____
Letters of Recommendations (4) _____
Resume/CV _____
Approved Project List _____

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Transportation-related disciplines can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpp/ddetfp.htm#FellowshipsDiscip





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