Scholarship Overview:

The ACI Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program is designed to support individuals who demonstrate a strong interest in the concrete sector. With a focus on advancing education and research in concrete-related fields, the program seeks to cultivate future leaders and innovators who will contribute to the industry's growth and evolution.

Host Institution(s):

Recipients of the ACI Foundation Scholarship or Fellowship will be studying in accredited institutions across the United States, with a particular focus on programs that emphasize concrete technology, construction, design, and similar disciplines.

Level(s)/Field(s):

The scholarship is available to students enrolled in undergraduate, master's, PhD, and postdoctoral programs that concentrate on concrete, including but not limited to, civil engineering, materials science, construction management, and architectural design.

Scholarship Value:

Selected candidates will receive a stipend ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 USD, intended to cover educational expenses such as tuition, accommodation, books, and materials. Additionally, fellowship recipients will benefit from paid travel expenses to attend two ACI conventions, providing a unique opportunity for professional development and networking. The program also facilitates the pairing of students with industry mentors for guidance and support.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Non-native speakers are encouraged to provide a TOEFL score if available, although this is not mandatory.
  • Be citizens of any country, with preference given to those studying in the Gulf Cooperation Council region or attending a U.S. or Canadian institution for fellowship recipients.
  • Exhibit a strong academic record and potential for significant contributions to the concrete industry.
  • Some fellowships may require a commitment to a summer internship.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should prepare for the application process to open on July 1, 2024, with a deadline of November 1, 2024. The application involves:

  1. Completing an online application form available through the ACI Foundation's website.
  2. Submitting academic transcripts, a resume/CV, personal and academic statements, and letters of recommendation.
  3. Optionally, including TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.

Finalists will be notified by early February 2025 and must be available for an interview at the spring ACI Concrete Convention in March 2025. The ACI Foundation will cover related travel expenses for this purpose.

This scholarship program represents an excellent opportunity for aspiring professionals in the concrete industry to advance their education and career prospects while contributing to the field's development.