Funding Opportunities

The funding opportunities listed below were shared directly with the NUTC Academic & Placement Center. Many of these opportunities are transportation-related, and some are exclusively for Northwestern's Transportation-focused students. Click the linked titles for more information, including application requirements, forms & deadlines.

For additional information on Funding possibilities, visit Northwestern's Funding Opportunities page.

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Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP): Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues

Purpose: To encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. The program is intended to stimulate thought, discussion, and research by those who may become the future airport managers, operators, designers, and policy makers in aviation. The focus of ACRP's research program is on applied research to help the public sector continue to improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the US civil aviation system well into the foreseeable future.

American Association of Railroad Superintendents (AARS): Frank J. Richter Scholarship

The American Association of Railroad Superintendents (AARS) is pleased to announce the availability of annual scholarships for eligible college or university students enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

American Bus Association (ABA): George T. Snyder, Jr. Scholarship Program

The American Bus Association Foundation promotes academic excellence and diversity in the motorcoach travel and tour industry through its George T. Snyder, Jr., scholarship program. The ABA Foundation has awarded more than $730,000 in financial support to over 220 scholars in the past 18 years of outreach.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarships

APTF provides scholarships to deserving students interested in the transit field. Applicants should demonstrate a continued interest in a career in the public transportation industry, high academic achievement, and need for financial assistance. Selections will be made without regard to disability, race, color, religion, sex or ethnic origin.  It is the intent of this Foundation to provide equal opportunity and consideration to all qualified individuals.

Applicants need to be sponsored by an APTA member organization or APTA member assignee. Further information about application guidelines can be found on the Scholarship Program Guidelines page.

ASCE - IL Civil Engineering Academic Scholarships

The ASCE Technical Groups provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending UIC, Northwestern and IIT. The scholarship applications are available on this webpage in the winter and the scholarships are awarded at the President-Elect / Student Scholarship Dinner each April.

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)  Academic Awards

CSCMP provides a number of scholarship awards for students involved in supply-chain management and logistics. Through a variety of annual awards, CSCMP strives to recognize excellence in the supply chain management profession. Awards include the Distinguished Service Award presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the art and science of supply chain and logistics management and the Supply Chain Innovation Award presented to two corporate teams for first place and second runner up for the most innovative supply chain solutions of the year.

Delta Nu Alpha: Scholarships

Delta Nu Alpha advances professional ethics among those engaged in transportation and logistics management and encourages young persons of ability to enter and remain in the field of transportation and logistics management as a life work.

Eno: Future Leaders Development Conference Scholarships

Each year, The Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) and Parsons Brinckerhoff select a candidate to attend Eno’s Leadership Development Conference. If you are a WTS member and would like to apply for this opportunity, please visit the WTS website. If you have questions regarding eligibility or the application contact, please contact Rosa Chung, Director of Operations at WTS, at 202-955-5085 or rchung@wtsinternational.org.

Eno: Transit Executive Program Scholarships

There are three scholarship opportunities available to Transit Executive Program applicants: a) The Frank J. Lichtanski Memorial Scholarship offered by the American Public Transportation Foundation; b)  the Robert J. Prince, Jr. Scholarship offered by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); and c) Eno Alumni Fund Travel Grants. Participants apply to scholarships simultaneously with their application to the Program. If a participant is admitted but is not awarded a scholarship, he or she can choose to attend at full tuition or defer admission to a later year.

Institute for Supply Management (ISM): R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program

The R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation and the R. Gene Richter Scholarship fund at ISM will provide a US $5,000 scholarship (US$2,500 for December graduates) to individuals seeking education in supply management, supply chain management or procurement. An eligible student will be in his or her senior year during the 2016-2017 academic year and be enrolled full-time in an accredited supply management, supply chain management or procurement program with the intention of specializing in the supply management profession.

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Fellowships for Graduate Study in Transportation

Each year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) sponsors an awards program to honor outstanding achievement in transportation engineering and distinguished service to ITE. The awards bestow international recognition upon the recipients and increase the public’s awareness of the role and responsibilities of the transportation professional. Interested in submitting your project for an ITE Award? Click here for the awards brochure.

Logistics & Transportation Association of North America (LTNA) Scholarships

Logistics & Transportation Association of North America (LTNA) awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors and full-time undergraduate students enrolled in accredited institutions of higher learning in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in the field of supply chain logistics. Scholarships are awarded based upon the applicant's verified scholastic record, potential, professional interest and character. Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students interested in applying for an LTNA scholarship should read this page carefully and before submitting an application for consideration by the LTNA Scholarship Committee to determine eligibility and qualification status.

National Park Foundation (NPF): Transportation Scholars

The NPF Transportation Scholars program matches emerging professionals with substantial knowledge and expertise in transportation planning with parks with corresponding transportation-related issues like pollution or congestion that can be major detractors of the overall park visitor experience. The selected scholars build partnerships, work across jurisdictional boundaries, gain an appreciation for the need of alternative transportation projects in the national parks, and gain first-hand knowledge of NPS efforts to preserve our national treasures while working to solve the current transportation issue within the park. To learn more about the program and its impact on public lands, check out this video.

Northwestern University Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

The NU Conference Travel Grant (CTG) provides funds to assist PhD and MFA students traveling to conferences and/or seminars to make presentations on behalf of the University. The grant is not intended to support attending courses at other schools, research or general educational travel.

Northwestern University Transportation Center's (NUTC) Dissertation Year Fellowship

The NUTC Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) is awarded to eligible Northwestern PhD candidates in their final year of completing a transportation-related dissertation. For more information, contact Diana Marek (d-marek@northwestern.edu)

Traffic Club of Chicago (TCC) Scholarship

TCC Scholarships are offered to applicants who are daughters, sons or grandchildren of club members, enrolled as full time undergraduate students at accredited four year colleges and universities.

Transportation Research Forum (TRF): Graduate Student Paper Contest

Have you written, or in the process of writing, a transportation-related research paper? Consider submitting it to the TRF annual student paper contest. Questions should be addressed to the Program Co-Chairs: Joe Schwieterman (jschwiet@depaul.edu) & Ian Savage (ipsavage@northwestern.edu)

Women in Transportation (WTF) Foundation Scholarships

The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Local Chapters may have additional requirements (such as personal interviews or higher GPA). Please contact your local WTS chapter for more information. All applications are submitted through a chapter.