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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.
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*
*Other transportation-related disciplines may be approved by the U&GP program manager on a case-by-case basis.
You must register for a Transportation Fellowship Interns and Contractor System (TFICS) to apply. To register for an account, visit the TFICS website. You must read the FHWA Information Systems – Rules of Behavior and check the box indicating you agree and comply with the “Terms and Conditions of Use” and “Rules of Behavior for a User”. You will then fill out the required fields for the TFICS New User Registration. Once registered, make a note of your User ID and Password. This is required for any subsequent logins to TFICS. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting that is why the User ID is important for reentry into the TFICS website. We strongly recommend that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. This will ensure that you have time to address any registration challenges.
Application Cycles and Contacts
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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) -
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