Dissertation Fellowships

We offer Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (up to $15,000) to cover expenses for the recipient while working on a dissertation consistent with our focus on improving the mobility of people and goods to build strong communities. Download the 2022 dissertation RFP. New applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up through Dec. 31, 2022; contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for more information.

See our project database for the projects funded under the Dissertation Fellowship program.


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. 


Submit your Dissertation Fellowships Proposal Form and Data Management Plan by creating an account and logging into: http://ppms.trec.pdx.edu/. Select "NITC 16 Dissertation Fellowships" grant cycle when submitting your fellowship request.

Download the following documents from Application Forms:

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


  • 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


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.

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).