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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.