The objectives of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program are: to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation; to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees; and to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. To accomplish this goal, the DDETFP gives fellowship awards to students and transportation professionals pursuing transportation related disciplines.
Applicants for MIHE fellowships must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. MIHE and must be pursuing a degree in a transportation related disciplines in a full-time program. Applicants must have at least one full academic year remaining in a program of study and must be enrolled for the entire academic year. A list of transportation-related disciplines can be found in appendix D or on the U&GP website (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpp/ddetfp.htm#FellowshipsDiscip). Foreign students who are not U.S. citizens must provide a certified copy of their student I-20 ID or I-551 Permanent Resident Card that is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS).
Fellowships are intended for:
- Undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) pursuing transportation-related undergraduate degrees at an MIHE who plan to enter the transportation profession upon completing their higher education.
- Graduate students (Masters or Doctorate) pursuing transportation-related graduate degrees who plan to enter a transportation profession upon completing their higher education.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION PANEL EVALUATION
MIHE Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of merit. Evidence of merit will include:
- Academic records, including class standing, grade point average (GPA), and official transcripts.
- Recommendations regarding the applicant’s qualifications.
- Work experience, if any, including employers’ endorsements.
- Proposed plan of study (The recipient should identify how their plan of study will enhance and impact the field of transportation.)
- The duration of the fellowship will be 9 to 12 months for each academic year.
- Fellowship recipients are eligible for funding only during the months of full-time enrollment in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, or during on-site research projects or internships with approved transportation agencies.
- Recipients are only allowed to receive the MIHE fellowship for a maximum of two consecutive years.
- During the tenure of the award, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance as established by the college or university.
FUNDING Eisenhower Campus Program Managers will determine stipends based on the local cost of living figures and shall be calculated as follows:
|Undergraduate Level||Up to $1,450|
|Masters Level||Up to $1,700|
|Doctoral Level||Up to $2,000|
The fellowship, if applicable will cover tuition, fees, and/or program-related expenses. 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 and available funding.
- Recipients shall be advised that the stipend portion of the award is taxable.
- All program-related expenses must be supported by receipts/invoices.
- All unused funds must be returned to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) within 90 days of the conclusion of the fellowship, early departure, or graduation.
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD ANNUAL MEETING (TRB)
Recipients will be provided a one-time expenditure (up to $1,500) for travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the TRB Annual meeting held January, 2013. The recipients are responsible for logging on to www.trb.org and registering themselves and for arranging travel and hotel accommodations through the university to obtain the most cost-efficient rates. Discounted registration is provided for all Eisenhower recipients. Since funding is provided, attendance at TRB is mandatory. In addition to attendance at TRB, it is also required that students attend ALL Eisenhower Events. All Students should plan to arrive by Sunday, and leave after the Networking Reception on Tuesday. If students have other commitments (i.e., presentations or poster sessions) during TRB they must notify the U&GP Program Manager in advance and get approval. Campus Managers are responsible for students securing per diem for their trip by December, 2012.
Recipients are also required, regardless of funding level, to submit an abstract of their research (or proposed research) for review and consideration for presentation at TRB. The abstract will contain 300 words maximum. Selected recipients will be required to deliver a 10 – 15 minute presentation describing their research project at the meeting.
- Undergraduate and graduate recipients shall prepare a thesis/dissertation, or research paper on a topic directly related to a relevant transportation problem or issue. The Faculty Advisor should approve topics.
- Recipients are required to attend TRB held in January in Washington, D.C. and be prepared to present on their research project.
- The results of all research will be the property of FHWA and a copy must be made available to FHWA on an unlimited, royalty-free basis.
- Upon completion of the fellowship, a copy of each student’s thesis/dissertation, or research paper and any other related research must be submitted to the Program Manager, U&GP, along with the university’s year end DDETFP report.
The completed application form and all the required documents indicated in the CRITERIA FOR SELECTION must be delivered to the Campus Program Manager on or before March 1, 2013.
Application can be found on the attached document at the beginning of this post.