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 livability, incorporating safety and environmental sustainability.


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 South Florida (USF) 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 livability, environmental sustainability and safety. Priority will be given to topics with a sustainable transportation focus.

Important Dates

  • Proposals Due: April 3, 2017
  • Fellowship selection, awards and task orders: April 2017
  • Fellowship begins: May 2017

Match Expectation

Dissertation fellowships do not require match. 

Forms and Documents

To apply

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

We are anticipating two more dissertation fellowship competitions in 2017 but specific dates are still TBD.