ACI Foundation Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to high-potential undergraduate and graduate students whose studies relate to concrete and are identified by ACI-Member Faculty. The Student Fellowship can have a nominal term of up to two academic years, renewed annually, and may extend through graduate study. Annual renewal will be subject to renomination and reapplication. These awards are granted based on the availability of contributions received.

In order to receive an application and be considered for an ACI Foundation Fellowship, you must be nominated by a faculty member who is also an ACI member. After a student is formally nominated, the ACI Foundation will email an official application directly to the nominated student. To search for ACI-Member faculty in your area, please visit the ACI Faculty Network page. (ACI staff will not find nominations for applications and will not accept self-nominations.)

Application season for the 2018-2019 school year will open summer of 2017. The deadline for all application materials will be announced at that time and occur in the autumn of 2017.


Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $7,000 - $15,000 educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, and materials

  • Appropriate certificates, recognition, and publicity

  • Paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions*

  • Assistance in finding an industry mentor.

  • Assistance in finding a summer internship, if desired** (internship is required to receive the ACI Baker Student Fellowship, ACI Elmer Baker Student Fellowship, Cagley ACI Student Fellowship, Charles Pankow Foundation, ACI Student Fellowship, and the Dan W Falconer ACI Student Fellowship)

*Fellowship finalists chosen for consideration of these awards must attend the Spring ACI Convention to be interviewed. Finalists will have the option of being assigned to a Convention Guide during their first ACI convention.

**Internships are for a period of 10 to 12 weeks and must be served the summer before the award year.


ACI Foundation Fellowship Application Details

The ACI Foundation Fellowship application process can be described by the following sequence of events:

  1. Faculty member/ACI member nominates student for program
  2. Scholarship Coordinator emails nominated student the fellowship application
  3. Nominee submits all application materials to the ACI Foundation by deadline
  4. Application materials are sent to and reviewed by the ACI Foundation's Scholarship Council
  5. ACI Foundation's Scholarship Council selects finalists
  6. ACI Foundation's Scholarship Council interviews finalists at convention
  7. ACI Foundation Board awards Student Fellowships

Application Requirements and Instructions

The following criteria apply to all fellowship applicants. The complete application requirements and directions can be found on the application itself.

  1. All ACI Foundation Fellowship applicants must be nominated by a faculty member who is also an ACI member before the student is able to receive an official application. Faculty members: Nomination by a faculty member is required before a student can apply for an ACI foundation Fellowship. Faculty nominators must themselves be a member of ACI. For more information on becoming a member, please visit the Membership area of ACI's website. Once nominated, the ACI Foundation will send application materials directly to the student, usually within 48 hours of ACI's receipt of the nomination.
    Faculty members should recognize that the nomination process involves more than just submitting a student's contact information to ACI. Rather, it is expected that faculty nominators serve as mentors to their students throughout the application process. In particular, faculty members are encouraged to work with their student to identify potential references, ensure that references understand the significance of their contribution, and review the application package prior to submission. As part of the online nomination process, faculty members will be asked to confirm their willingness to serve as a mentor to the student applicant.
    Questions concerning this program can be sent to scholarships@concrete.org
  2. The student must be considered a full-time undergraduate or graduate student as defined by the college or university during the award year. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the world but study must take place in the United States or Canada during the award year.
  3. All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to the application attesting to this proficiency.
  4. The application package (see below for details) should be emailed to scholarships@concrete.org. The application, resume and essay-all word documents- should be sent together in one e-mail package. Hard copies of applications, resumes, and essays will not be accepted. Please be sure that your name is on every piece of material submitted. ACI staff does not contact applicants upon receipt of their application materials or contact applicants if materials are missing from submittals.

Application Package

For your application packet to be considered for this award, each of the following pieces of information must be submitted by the deadline indicated:

  1. Completed application form: The application form must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
  2. Resume-Microsoft Word document:.Any resume more than one-page will not be accepted. Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted.
  3. Essay-Microsoft Word document: There is a 500 word maximum for essays. Your name must be on the first page of the essay. Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted.
  4. Two Online Reference Forms: Online Reference Forms are statements of evaluation of the applicant, in terms of potential for growth, character, leadership capacity, and career interest, which are required from two evaluators. One online reference form must be from your faculty nominator. We ask that the other be from an employer, if possible. All Online Reference Forms must be submitted in English. Only the Online Reference Form will be accepted. Mailed, emailed, or faxed letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Do not include more than the required two Online Reference Forms. Only the first two Online Reference Forms received will be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure online reference forms are submitted.
  5. Official Transcripts: The following requirements must be met for all transcript submissions:
    • Transcripts shall be submitted for all undergraduate and graduate programs attended.
    • All transcripts must be original and official documents. Unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts will not be accepted.
    • Many universities now provide official E-Transcripts. ACI will accept this form of transcript, as long as it comes directly from your University with an official digital signature or stamp. ACI will not accept E-Transcripts sent directly from an applicant’s e-mail address. Review and acceptance of  E-Transcripts will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Coordinator.
    • Transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a version translated in English.
    • Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original transcripts. Translations shall be performed by a university, government official, or official translation service. The translation shall be attested or signed by the translator. Applicants may not submit self-translation. Courses must be described in detail. The general subject name (e.g., "mathematics") is not sufficient; the particular subject (e.g., "differential equations," "algebraic topology") must be identified.
    • Transcripts shall include an explanation of the grading scale if different from the 4.0 scale used in the U.S. Translations shall include grades based on an A, B, C, D scale where A is 90-100, B is 80-89, C is 70-79, D is 60-69, and F is 59 or less.
    • Transcripts should be mailed directly from the university. Transcripts mailed by the student must be sealed in an envelope with a university stamp over the seal.
    • Transcripts shall reach the scholarship coordinator no later than the application deadline.
    • Transcripts shall be sent to:

    ACI Foundation  
    Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI  48331

    Please note that any document, including transcripts, received by ACI becomes the property of ACI and will not be returned.

  6. Internship Requirement Agreement: Applicants for ACI Foundation Fellowships requiring internships must indicate acknowledgement and agreement to fulfill the internship requirement on the application form in the space provided. Internships must be served the summer before the award year.

Recipient Selection Process Requirements

Finalists chosen for consideration of ACI Foundation Fellowships must agree to attend the upcoming Spring ACI Convention to be interviewed. Travel/hotel arrangements will be made through and paid for by the ACI Foundation. Each finalist will be advanced nominal funds for expected travel-related expenses. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their awards after the Annual ACI Convention held each spring.

Important Note to Fellowship Applicants

If you meet the requirements of the ACI Foundation Scholarships, you are encouraged to also apply for them. A separate application must be filled out and submitted. Only one set of transcripts and reference forms are necessary for all ACI Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships. If you submit both applications, your graduate scholarship application will be reviewed and considered only in the event that you do not receive an ACI Foundation Fellowship. You must submit all applications by the application deadline.

All ACI Foundation Fellowships can be withdrawn for failure to comply with any of the items above. Fellowship awardees are required to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship period describing the value of the Fellowship to their development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.