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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

Fellowships
What fellowships are available through the DDETFP?

Disciplines
What kind of academic background do you need for a career in transportation? See our list of academic disciplines related to transportation.

How To Apply
Ready to apply for a fellowship? Download an application and apply during the application acceptance cycle. Applications cannot be completed online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Get answers to the questions most commonly asked about DDETFP fellowships.

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development. The DDETFP encompasses all modes of transportation.

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) is administered by The Universities and Grants Programs administers, an intermodal, congressionally mandated program originally authorized by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 for $2 million annually. The DDETFP was reauthorized in 1998 by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and reauthorized in 2005 by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) which has expired on September 30, 2009. The current legislation governing the program is found in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation legislation, Section 52004 (I)(1) (Public Law 112-141). Authority is also found in 23USC504(C) (2) and 23 USC 502 (b) (3).

The DDETFP competitively awards fellowships to students who are pursuing transportation-related degrees. Students are awarded at the associate through the advanced academic and professional degree level. The DDETFP has eight fellowships categories encompassing all modes of transportation.

In FY 2015, Universities & Grants Programs awarded a total of 171 Eisenhower Fellowship awards to undergraduate and graduate students at universities and colleges across the nation to pursue transportation-related education and research opportunities.

Breakdown of 176 Eisenhow Fellowship award distribution, 56 to Graduate Fellowships, 48 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 36 to Hispanic Serving Institutions, 23 to Community Colleges, 6 to Tribal Colleges and Universities, 4 to Graduate Research Fellowship and 3 to Intern Fellowship.

Fellowships

Eisenhower Graduate (GRAD) Fellowship enables students to pursue master’s degrees or doctorates in transportation-related fields at an accredited U.S. Institution of Higher Education.

Eisenhower Grants for Research (GRF) Fellowship acquaints undergraduates and graduate students with transportation research, development, and technology transfer activities at U.S. Department of Transportation facilities.

Eisenhower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fellowship provides HBCU students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education preparing them to enter careers in transportation. HBCU Fellowships also serves as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships.

Eisenhower Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellowship provides HSI students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education preparing them to enter careers in transportation HSI Fellowships also serve as a feeder for other Eisenhower Fellowships.

Eisenhower Tribal College and Universities (TCU) Fellowship provides TCU students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education preparing them to enter careers in transportation. TCU Fellowships also serve as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships.

Eisenhower People with Disabilities (PWD) Fellowship provides additional opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue education that prepares them to enter careers in transportation. The PWD Fellowships also serves as a feeder program for other Eisenhower fellowships.

Eisenhower Intern (EIF) Fellowship provides students with opportunities to perform a wide range of significant transportation-related activities at public and private-sector transportation organizations.

Eisenhower Community College (CC) Fellowship provides students at community colleges with opportunities to enter careers in transportation. This fellowship serves as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships.


Disciplines

Transportation-related Academic Disciplines*

Sciences

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Business

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Management

Human Development

  • Human Factors
  • Human Resources
  • Psychology

Aviation

  • Aeronautical Studies
  • Airway Science
  • Aviation Flight Management Science

Law

  • Environmental
  • Transportation

Engineering

  • Chemical
  • Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering  
  • Transportation Engineering

Public Policy and Planning

  • Public Policy and Analysis
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science/ Government
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Studies

Transportation

  • Logistics Management
  • Planning
  • Policy

*Other transportation-related disciplines may be approved by the U&GP program manager on a case-by-case basis.



Applications for the DDETFP

Application Cycles and Contacts

Eisenhower Graduate (GRAD) Fellowships -

  • The latest information is available on Grants.gov.

Grant for Research Fellowship Project -

  • The latest information is available at Grants.gov.

Eisenhower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fellowships -

Eisenhower Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Fellowships -

Eisenhower Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCU) Fellowships -

Eisenhower People with Disabilities Fellowships (PWD) -

Eisenhower Community College Fellowship (CC) -


DDETFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How many fellowships are awarded each year?

    A: The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards are based on the availability of funds and generally awards approximately 150-200 grants annually. To date, more than 3,000 DDETFP Fellowships have been awarded.

  2. Q: How do you apply?

    A: Each DDETFP fellowship category has specific application requirements. Please make sure that you are following the application requirements specific to the fellowship category you are applying to.

  3. Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

    A: No. Non-U.S. citizens must provide a valid certified copy of their I-20 or I-551 ID as issued by U.S. Citizenship and Services (USCIS) as issued by U.S. Citizenship and Services (USCIS) (https://www.uscis.gov/). You must, however, possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education in the United States.

  4. Q: What happens after I submit my application?

    A: There are multiple DDETFP categories. Each DDETFP fellowship category has specific application requirements and deadlines. FHWA will make a decision within 120 days of the identified closing date. FHWA will notify all applicants of decision through e-mail.

If you do not see answers to your question(s) here, please contact a member of the U&GP staff.


News and Updates

  • FHWA has posted the Notice of Funding Opportunity #DTFH6416RA00002 for the “Administration of  Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Graduate Fellowship (DDETFP)” to Grants.gov.

  • FHWA has posted the Notice of Funding Opportunity #DTFH6416RA00001 for the "Administration of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Local Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, People with Disabilities, and Community Colleges" to Grants.gov.

  • FHWA has posted the Notice of Funding Opportunity #DTFH6416RA00003 for the “Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Grants for Research Fellowship: Project - Evaluate and Improve the Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) Algorithm” to Grants.gov.

  • The Universities and Grants Programs concluded a successful 2016 TRB. Photos from 2016 TRB will be posted soon.

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Video on FHWA YouTube channel


Staff

The U&GP staff is here to help. Please read our FAQs or contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

Staff Contact Information
(703) 235-0538
transportationedu@dot.gov

Fawn Thompson
Program Manager
(703) 235-0538

Camron Ranje
Team Leader and Systems Analyst
(703) 235-0537

Gerald Hill
Program Analyst
(703) 235-0591





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