Dissertation Fellowships

NITC offers Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships of up to $15,000 to cover expenses for the recipient while working on a dissertation. This grant is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center (UTC) program, whose mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through education, research, and technology transfer at university-based centers. See utc.dot.gov for more information. NITC contributes to transportation projects that support innovations in improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.


NITC fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in a transportation-related doctoral program at Portland State University (PSU), University of Oregon (UO), Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), University of Arizona (UA), the University of Texas at Arlington, or the University of Utah (UU). Students must be U.S. citizens and have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree prior to the application deadline. Successful fellowship proposals will combine advanced research with applied projects that fit the NITC theme, linking to articulated USDOT priorities of improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities. 

Important Dates

  • Proposals Due: June 30, 2017
  • Fellowship selection and awards: July 2017
  • Fellowship begins: August 2017

Match Expectation

Dissertation fellowships do not require match. 

Forms and Documents

To apply

Submit your completed proposal by logging into: http://ppms.trec.pdx.edu/. Select "Dissertation Fellowships 2017" grant cycle.

For 2017, we are anticipating one more dissertation fellowship competition in the fall.