Dissertation Fellowships

We offer Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships of up to $15,000 to cover expenses for the recipient while working on a dissertation consistent with NITC's theme of improving the mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.

Download the current dissertation RFP (Applications due February 12, 2020). We open applications three times each year (see funding overview)Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

DISSERTATION PROJECTS FUNDED

See our research project database for a full list of projects funded under the Dissertation Fellowship program.

ELIGIBILITY

NITC fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in a transportation-related doctoral program at Portland State University, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Texas at Arlington or University of Utah.

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree prior to the application deadline.

    AWARD EXPECTATIONS

    • Dissertation fellowships do NOT require match
    • Bi-annual progress reports that highlight the accomplishments and impact of the project
    • Submission of a digital copy of the final dissertation
    • Submission of a data product that accompanies research findings
    • Other requirements as outlined in the PI Handbook and as required by NITC's funder

    PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA

    Proposals will be reviewed by the NITC Executive Committee. Successful fellowship proposals will combine advanced research with applied projects that fit the NITC theme, linking to articulated U.S. DOT priorities of improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.

    FORMS AND DOCUMENTS

    Download the following documents from Application Forms:

    • Dissertation Fellowships Proposal Form
    • Data Management Plan - Guide & Template

    HOW TO APPLY

    Submit your Dissertation Fellowships Proposal Form and Data Management Plan by logging into: http://ppms.trec.pdx.edu/. Select "Dissertation Fellowships 2020" grant cycle when submitting your fellowship request.


    This NITC grant is part of the University Transportation Center program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is a partnership between Portland State University (PSU), the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), University of Arizona (UA), University of Oregon (UO), University of Utah (UU), and University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).