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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

What fellowships are available through the DDETFP?

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
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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 2014, University & Grants Programs awarded a total of 176 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.


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.


Transportation-related Academic Disciplines*


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


  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Management

Human Development

  • Human Factors
  • Human Resources
  • Psychology


  • Aeronautical Studies
  • Airway Science
  • Aviation Flight Management Science


  • Environmental
  • Transportation


  • 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


  • 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 2015 Graduate Fellowship is closed.

Grant for Research Fellowship Project -

  • Grants for Research Fellowship project is closed.

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: Approximately 150 to 200 Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships are awarded each year based on funding availability. To date, approximately 2,000 Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships have been awarded.

  2. Q: How is the Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship funded?

    A: U&GP administers the intermodal Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation. A grant agreement is developed by U&GP (on behalf of USDOT) to fund the recipient's education at the university in a transportation-related discipline. All Federal funds are awarded competitively and none are awarded directly to the recipient.

  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). See OMB Publication #1115-0093.

  4. Q: Since the application is online, will we have to send any documents to Universities & Grants Programs?

    A: Yes. The application is online, but part of the application requires that official supporting documents to be mailed to Universities and Grants Programs (U&GP) office. Official supporting documents that need to be mailed are four signed and sealed letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

  5. Q: Is it required that reference letters be sent in a signed, sealed envelope?

    A: Yes, you are required to send your four letters of recommendation in a signed and sealed envelope to the Universities and Grants Programs (U&GP) office. It must be sealed with the recommender’s signature across the sealed section of the envelope. Additional letters of recommendation will not increase an applicant’s chances of selection. Failure to submit four letters of recommendation will result in your application not being forwarded to the selection panel. The letter of recommendation can be sent by the recommender or collected by you and sent together. Unsigned and unsealed letters will not be accepted. When requesting your letter of recommendation, we advise you ask your recommender to send you a copy of the letter so you can upload it to the online application.

  6. Q: What is the level of funding for an Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship?

    A: All recipients may not receive a full award (i.e. tuition, stipend, and travel to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting). Recipient awards will be based on the ranking given by the National Selection Panel or local selection panels.

  7. Q: When do my supplemental materials have to be in to the Universities and Grants Programs (U&GP) office by?

    A: Your application must be received in the Universities and Grants Programs (U&GP) office by the due date. We recommend you use a trackable method for your supplemental application materials. Knowing that inclement weather plays a factor in the U&GP office receiving your application, please make sure that you send the supplemental materials on time to make the deadline. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS FOR LATE MATERIALS!!

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

    A: All eligible applications are submitted for review to the national selection panel. Decisions are made within 120 days of the closing date. All applicants will be notified through e-mail, via their faculty advisor, of the selection panel’s decision.

  9. Q: I applied to multiple schools and don’t know where I will attend in the Fall?

    A: If you are unsure as to your attendance in the fall, enter your current institution and provide the updated contact information as soon as you are certain.

  10. Q: What if my letter of reference is coming from a foreign country or my professor is on sabbatical?

    A: If you have a letter of recommendation from a foreign country or your professor is on sabbatical overseas, please make sure you request the letter in enough time to meet the deadline. It is your responsibility to get all application material submitted by the deadline. We do not accept any application material beyond the deadline.

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

News and Updates

  • The 2015 Graduate Fellowship (Funding Opportunity #DTFH6115RA00006) and 2015 Local Competition (Notice of Funding Opportunity #DTFH6115RA00007) are Closed.

  • The Universities and Grants Programs concluded a successful 2015 TRB. Photos from 2015 TRB are now online.

    2012 TRB Showcase Video

  • Grants for Research Fellowship project is Closed, please continue visiting our website for the next available opportunities.


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

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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