Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Graduate Fellowship (DDETFP)

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), hereby requests applications for assistance to result in the award of up to 100 new Grant Agreements, supporting the “Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Graduate Fellowship.”

The purpose of these proposed Agreements is to provide DDETFP Graduate Fellowship funding for students to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines.  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 U.S.  The DDETFP is intended to enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the U.S.  The DDETFP Graduate Fellowship encompasses all modes of transportation.

Deadline: July 16, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

This funding opportunity is open to students that are U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.  The students must be enrolled in an IHE which must be accredited by a federally-recognized accrediting agency and must be located within the United States or its territories, both administratively as well as the campus the student is attending.

Current DOT employees are not eligible for the DDETFP.

All student applicants of the DDETFP Graduate Fellowship must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from, or be a confirmed graduating undergraduate senior at, an accredited IHE within the United States or its Territories by the Electronic Application due date listed on page 1;
  • Demonstrate confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program at an accredited IHE in the United States or its Territories by the Electronic Application due date listed on page 1;
  • Be enrolled in an accredited IHE within the United States or its Territories;
  • Be pursuing a graduate degree in a full-time program in a transportation-related discipline;
  • Have at least 1 full academic year remaining in program of study;
  • Conduct ongoing research in one or more transportation-related disciplines; and
  • Plan to enter the transportation profession after completing their higher-level education



Amount Description

The FHWA expects approximately $1 million to be made available for the DDETFP Graduate Fellowship in each fiscal year (FY) 2018 through 2020 from amounts authorized under section 6002 of the FAST Act.

The FHWA anticipates making up to 100 award(s) as a result of this NOFO in each FY 2018 through 2020.

The FHWA anticipates Federal funding up to a total amount of $3,000,000 may be made available for these Agreements, subject to the availability of funds.  Funding for each award can range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $35,500.  Note:  The Government reserves the right to award less than the anticipated number of awards and less than the maximum amount per award.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 16, 2018