Funding Opportunities

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

Each year, 15–30 graduate students from engineering, urban studies & planning, and other fields are hired as graduate research assistants for PSU faculty. These students are often co-authors on project final reports and journal articles. TREC hires undergraduate student workers as well, who may work at processing data or similar tasks.

Learn more about the assistantships at College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA): Graduate Student Financial Resources and at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The best way to learn about the new GRA and GA positions is to join the listserv for our student group ITE-STEP (Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning).

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC)

TREC and the transportation faculty at PSU award scholarships through our U.S. DOT funded program National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC) to current and incoming PSU students in transportation as well as dissertation fellowships for Ph.D. candidates.
  • Awards will be $1,000-$3,000 and will be made during Spring 2019. 
  • Students who received NITC Scholar funding in past years are eligible. 
  • Due to federal funding limitations, awards for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be in the form of domestic travel funds to attend a transportation or professional development conference.

If you are selected as a NITC Scholar, you will be expected to actively participate in TREC and NITC-sponsored activities on campus, such as the STEP student group and attending the Friday Transportation Seminars on a regular basis. Applications closed March 5, 2019

NITC 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. Applications open three times annually, learn more about NITC Dissertation Fellowships here

Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

Walter H. Kramer Fellowship ($2,000)

Dr. Walter H. Kramer founded the first transportation studies center in the Department of Marketing (now School of Business Administration). Focusing on transportation research and education, Dr. Kramer believed that "the actions of an individual, of a college, can determine the future of our cities, our society," and devoted himself toward bringing "the resources of the faculty to bear on the problems of the community." This fellowship is aimed at providing financial support to PSU graduate students enrolled in transportation-related graduate programs and working on multi-disciplinary, multi-modal research connected with making a difference in "our cities, our society, and the community."

IBPI Active Transportation Scholarship ($2,500)

Through a generous donation from Alta Planning + Design, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) at Portland State University (PSU)  is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a PSU graduate student who is highly motivated to focus their studies on bicycling and walking as mainstream forms of transportation. The successful applicant will be seeking to better understand how communities integrate bicycling and walking through their planning and design processes. 

IBPI Excellence in Active Transportation ($4,000)

The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) at Portland State University (PSU)  is awarding a $4,000 scholarship to a PSU graduate student who is highly motivated to focus their studies on bicycling and walking as mainstream forms of transportation. The successful applicant will be seeking to better understand how communities integrate bicycling and walking through their planning and design processes.

More Scholarship Opportunities

Portland State University (Coral Sales scholarship $1,000)

Oregon ITE Bill Kloos Scholarship (varies)

Oregon ITE Scholarship ($2,500)

WTS Portland Chapter Scholarships (range, $1,500 - $7,000)

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TRANSPORTATION UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (TURF) PROGRAM

Through a competitive application process, the TURF program is a unique ten-week summer fellowship for undergraduates to get experience in transportation research. Hosted at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, a hub of transportation innovation and expertise, fellows will work on research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

At the end of the program, the students will be expected to provide a final written reflection describing their research findings. The program is funded through an education grant by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).

Eligibility

Students must be currently enrolled in a civil engineering, urban studies and planning, or transportation-related undergraduate degree program at any college or university. Preference will be given to applicants who have a strong interest in transportation and graduate education. International students are eligible to apply.

Support

Selected students will receive a $7,500 stipend and are expected to work 40 hours per week for ten weeks between June and September. Students are responsible for finding and funding their own lodging during their stay in Portland.

Research Topics

Since the program's launch in 2018, TURF fellows have worked on various research initiatives at TREC, including e-scooters, bicycle and pedestrian count data, multimodal trip generation, pedestrian safety, and equitable transit. Research topics will depend on the student's interest, the faculty's needs, and the current ongoing projects being conducted at TREC. Read more about the 2019 TURF fellows, or see quotes from 2018 participants.

Group Activities

TURF fellows are given adjacent workspaces within TREC's offices so that they can get acquainted with each other, and with the rest of TREC's staff, even though they may be working on different projects. TREC also organizes events and activities to help introduce the group of students to Portland, the university, and the region's transportation community. Group activities have included bike tours of the city, ice cream socials, and workshops with faculty. We also provide information for students interested in getting to know the local transportation network, exploring Portland and beyond. 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & NETWORKING

PSU Transportation Student group: STEP
Studying transportation, or even just curious about it as a career? We encourage you to join the on-campus Students in Transportation Engineering & Planning (ITE-STEP) group! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

STEP is a student group that seeks to engage its members in relevant transportation issues through field trips, speakers, projects, and social events. The group works to build relationships and a shared understanding between transportation students from different disciplines, both within PSU and with other universities. As PSU’s ITE student chapter, STEP engages its members in relevant transportation issues and activities to further professional and academic development. Within STEP, students can also take on leadership roles in cultivating community and education around the transportation issues important to them. 

Stay connected by joining the STEP and the email listserv, through which PSU transportation faculty and TREC staff send notices about transportation scholarships, jobs, internships, and transportation events at PSU. Reach out to STEP leadership at psu.step@gmail.com to be added to the listserv.

Professional Development Organizations in Oregon
As soon as you are accepted into your program at PSU, students can begin developing their academic and professional lives through forging relationships between transportation students and professionals. Participate in events, apply for scholarships, and engage in mentorship programs through local chapters of professional development organizations like: