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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program
2011 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship


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The EISENHOWER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP (GRAD) provides funding for the pursuit of Master's Degrees or Doctorates in transportation related fields. The program objectives are: 1) to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, 2) to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees, and 3) to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. The Program is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States. The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Program encompasses all modes of transportation.



The Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships sponsor the pursuit of a Master's, Doctorate (or equivalent) degree in a field of study that is directly related to transportation. Recipients of the 2011 Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship must be enrolled full time at an accredited U.S. Institution of Higher Education not later than the Fall 2011 academic year.

The Department of Transportation encourages students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to apply for the Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships.



Applicants of the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship must:

Non-U.S. citizens must attach a certified copy of their I-20 or I-551 ID issued by U.S. Citizenship and Services (USCIS).



The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship National Review Panel will evaluate applications. This panel will be composed of prominent national transportation professionals who will review each applicant's qualifications. The recommendations for selection will be ranked in merit order and furnished to the Program Manager, Universities and Grants Programs. The Program Manager will make final selections. It is imperative that applicants provide an accurate and current email address for themselves and their faculty advisor. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.



The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship will be awarded on the basis of merit. Merit includes:


All recipients may not receive a full award (i.e. tuition, stipend, and travel to Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting). Recipient awards will be based on the rankings from the National Selection Panel. Recipients of this fellowship will receive a minimum of $5,000.00, based on the ranking from the National Selection Panel and the availability of funding.

Fellowship recipients should be advised that the stipend portion of the fellowship is subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations (Publication 520, revised June 2002).

The stipends for the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship are as follows:

Actual Stipend level may vary based upon available funding.



The duration of funding for Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships for Master's and Doctoral studies will be based upon the availability of funds.



Annually the Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships will cover a maximum of $10,000 in tuition. Any additional tuition and fees will be the responsibility of the fellowship recipient.

Restrictions on the use of fellowship funds are as follows:


All fellowship recipients must conduct original research and prepare a paper or report suitable for publication on the topic for which they are selected. Recipients must make the results of their research available to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department will retain an unlimited royalty-free privilege to use the results of the research.

Students' academic programs may include a reasonable amount of teaching as deemed appropriate by the institution as contributing to the Fellowship recipient's academic progress. Fellowship recipients may only accept remuneration for tuition from another source for funding the difference above the $10,000 limitation for tuition or above the actual tuition amount.

Once an award is made, the initial graduate study plan and research topic may be changed only after consultation between the fellowship recipient's Faculty Advisor and the Universities & Grants Program Manager.

Award funding is contingent upon the recipient's satisfactory academic progress as determined by university policies.



All applications and supporting material (official transcripts and letters of recommendation) for Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2011. Send the application to the address in the section entitled "How to Apply".

Notification of Selection

Selected fellowship recipients' Faculty Advisor will be contacted by the Universities and Grants Programs via e-mail to notify of award selection.



The Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship application and supporting materials must be received at the following address by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2011.

Mr. Henry C. Murdaugh, Program Manager,
Universities & Grants Programs
Technology Partnership Programs, DTS-TP-20
1310 North Courthouse Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

TEL: (703) 235-0538
FAX: (703) 235-0593
Website: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ugp

General Instructions: Please read the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Announcement and these instructions before preparing the application materials. Applicants must submit ONE (1) original (with original signatures) and FOUR (4) copies of all materials. APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE REQUESTED NUMBER OF COPIES. All materials must be typed.

Students should request:

Complete Application:

It is permissible to use copies of the application forms.

Application - Part 1: All requested information must be provided unless labeled "optional." If an item is not applicable, state "NA". Non-U.S. citizens must attach a certified copy of their I-20 ID or I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued by U.S. Citizenship and Services (USCIS).

The application must have an original signature.

Application - Part 2: List only those universities where a degree was obtained. List only those internships/employers where a transportation function was performed. Each applicant must have a maximum of four (4) recommendation and/or endorsement letters. If currently employed in a transportation function, it is imperative that your employer submits an endorsement letter. The recommendation and endorsement letters should contain length and nature of the person's relationship with the applicant, and comments on the applicant's overall ability, and suitability for graduate school, and potential for major contributions in one or more areas of transportation. The letters of recommendation must come from four different individuals.

Application - Part 3: The narrative should demonstrate an applicant's intent to pursue a plan of graduate study and a career in transportation. The applicant should relate graduate study, research plans and career goals. Part 3 must be limited to two pages.

Mailing the Application: When possible, applicants are urged to submit their application and supporting documents in the same envelope. (Incomplete application packets will not be considered). All applications and supporting material (official transcripts and letters of recommendation) for Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowships must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2011. When submitting the application, please package the original and all copies in sequential order. A complete packet is defined as Application Form Part 1, Application Form Part 2, Proposed Plan of Study, Transcripts, Resume, 4 Letters of Recommendation and I-20 or I-551, if applicable as one complete packet. Universities are permitted to send transcripts directly to the address shown in the "How To Apply" section. Please ensure that you provide enough time for the university to process and mail the transcripts to be received by the deadline. Unofficial copies of official transcripts may be submitted with the four copies of the application packet. For a copy of the application form click here.

RETURN OF MATERIAL: Applications and any supporting documents become the property of Universities and Grants Programs and cannot be returned to applicants.


The information is required under the authority of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended and Title 49 U.S.C. 332(b)(3)(4)(5). Your request cannot be processed unless the data below is complete. Disclosure of your race and ethnicity are optional. Refusal to furnish your race and/or ethnicity will not result in the denial of any right, benefit or privilege provided by law. Records maintained in the system are routinely used to determine eligibility/qualifications for fellowships, and for program evaluation and analysis purposes.

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