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The EISENHOWER TRANSPORTATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) provides funding for the pursuit of Bachelors (junior and senior), Master’s or Doctoral Degrees in transportation related fields. The program objectives 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 talents in the transportation industry of the United States.


Applicants applying for the Eisenhower HSI Fellowship must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, must be pursuing a degree full-time and be enrolled for the entire academic year, must be in a transportation-related discipline, must conduct on-going research in one or more transportation-related disciplines, and should be planning to enter the transportation profession after completion of higher level education. Full eligibility requirements are given below:

  • Undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) pursuing transportation-related undergraduate degrees who plan to enter the transportation profession upon completing their higher education;
  • Graduate students (Master’s or Doctoral) possessing a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) and pursuing transportation-related graduate degrees who plan to enter a transportation profession upon completing their higher education;
  • Be enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. institution of higher education no later than the Fall 2020 semester;
  • Be pursuing a degree in a full-time program in a transportation-related discipline;
  • Conduct ongoing research in one or more transportation-related disciplines;
  • Plan to enter the transportation profession after completing higher level of education;
  • Current U.S. Department of Transportation Employees are NOT eligible.

Non-U.S. citizens must attach a valid copy of their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System [SEVIS] Form I-20 issued by the educational institution you attend or I-20 or Permanent Resident Card Form I-551 issued by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service [USCIS]. Applications without this information will be considered incomplete.


  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts (Transcripts from all institutions in which a degree was obtained)
  • Recommendation letters from two different faculty members
  • Application Essays   Which include:
    • Personal Statement
    • Research/Study Plan & Impact Statement
  • Application Forms
    • Student File Information Sheet
    • SF 424 Individual Form


The Eisenhower Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of merit on a 100-point system. Merit includes:

  • Academic achievement (20 points)
  • Potential for outstanding career in transportation (20 points)
  • Proposed research/study plan & impact statement (20 points)
  • Quality of recommendation letters (20 points)
  • Academic record (official transcripts) (15 points)
  • Overall quality of application (5 points)


  • The duration of the Fellowship will be up 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.
  • Fellowship recipients are only allowed to receive the fellowship for a maximum of two consecutive years from the same institution.
  • During the tenure of the award, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance as established by the college or university.


Recipient awards will be based on the available funding and rankings from the local Eisenhower Selection Panel. Recipients will receive a minimum of $1,500 to a maximum of $10,000 which may include tuition, stipend, and travel funding to attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in January 2021.


All required documents must be submitted online on or before June 8, 2020. All applications must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Application package can be downloaded and submitted from the website:


Architecture Chemical Engineering
Biology Civil Engineering
Chemistry Construction Engineering
Communication Electrical Engineering
Computer Science Electronic Engineering
Criminal Justice Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science Geotechnical Engineering
Information Systems Manufacturing Engineering
Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Physics Structural Engineering

Transportation Engineering

Accounting LAW
Business Administration Environmental
Finance Transportation


Public Policy and Analysis
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Public Administration
Human Factors Political Science/Government
Human Resources Urban and Regional Planning
Psychology Urban Studies

Aeronautical Studies Logistics Management
Airway Science Planning
Flight Management Science Policy


* Other Transportation-Related Academic Disciplines may be

approved on a case by case basis by the FHWA Universities and

Grants Programs, Program Manage