Office of Innovative Program Delivery
Center for
Transportation Workforce Development

Post Secondary Education

Universities & Grants ProgramsThe Center for Transportation Workforce Development manages activities that integrate transportation into college and university programs that aim to increase the number of post-secondary students interested in pursuing transportation-related careers to develop a highly qualified transportation workforce. The Center provides management, leadership, and coordination for student transportation education programs that supply the "pipeline" with highly skilled individuals for the transportation workforce.

Universities & Grants Programs

The Center for Transportation Workforce Development manages activities that integrate transportation into college and university programs that aim to increase the number of post-secondary students interested in pursuing transportation-related careers to develop a highly qualified transportation workforce. The Center provides management, leadership, and coordination for student transportation education programs that supply the "pipeline" with highly skilled individuals for the transportation workforce.

Programs

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines (PDF or HTML).

This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

The DDETFP Graduate Fellowship provides funding for students to pursue Master's or Doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. Students may read more information on the program and how to apply through Grants.Gov under Opportunity Number 693JJ317NF0007.  The application closing date is August 28, 2017 at 11:59PM Eastern Time.

We encourage Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Community Colleges (CC) to apply through Grants.Gov for the administration of the DDETFP Local Competition under Opportunity Number 693JJ317NF0008. The application closing date is August 17, 2017 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.




The Fellowship Program awards are based on the availability of funds and generally result in 150-200 grants annually. In Fiscal Year 2015, 171 awards were made. To date, more than 3,000 Fellowships have been awarded.

Fellowship categories and their application cycles:

  • Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship enabling 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 Fellowship acquainting 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 Fellowship providing students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education and preparing them to enter careers in transportation. These Fellowships also serve as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships. Applications are accepted by select Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Eisenhower Hispanic Serving Institutions Fellowship providing students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education and preparing them to enter careers in transportation. These Fellowships also serve as a feeder for other Eisenhower Fellowships. Applications are accepted by select Hispanic Serving Institutions.
  • Eisenhower Tribal Colleges and Universities Fellowship providing students with additional opportunities to pursue transportation-related education preparing them to enter careers in transportation. These Fellowships also serve as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships. Applications are accepted by select Tribal Colleges and Universities.
  • Eisenhower Intern Fellowship providing students with opportunities to perform a wide range of significant transportation-related activities at public and private-sector transportation organizations.
  • Eisenhower Community College Fellowship providing students at community colleges with opportunities to enter careers in transportation. This fellowship serves as a feeder for other Eisenhower fellowships. Applications are accepted by select community colleges.

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups provides college and university students with on-the-job work experience while working on current transportation-related topics and issues. The program seeks to increase the number of college students interested in pursuing transportation related careers. The program's paid summer internships are open to all qualified applicants, however the primary focus is to provide opportunities for qualified women, persons with disabilities, and historically underrepresented members of diverse groups.

National Summer Transportation Institute Program

The National Summer Transportation Institute Program provides grants to Universities and Colleges to develop programs that better promote awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Match (STEM) educational and career opportunities among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students around the country.

The program aims to develop a diverse, well-qualified workforce and promote greater awareness of career opportunities within the transportation industry.