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Kennedy Fellowship


Former IIHR Director John F. Kennedy

Former IIHR Director John F. Kennedy

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship is presented in memory of Professor John F. Kennedy, former director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. It is awarded annually by the College of Engineering (through IIHR) to an undergraduate engineering student who best exemplifies the academic and personal qualities listed below. The fellowship is established to provide an opportunity for  undergraduates to become involved in hydroscience (hydraulic, fluid-mechanic, or hydrologic) research in the hope that they will be encouraged to pursue graduate studies at IIHR.

The fellowship recipient will be announced each spring when other awards are made to engineering undergraduates by the College of Engineering. The award, $2,500 for one year, is presented for the following fall semester.

The next application deadline is March 25, 2019.

Award Criteria

The fellowship recipient must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Be a major in civil and environmental or mechanical engineering, or a closely related field;
  3. Have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure senior status in the fall semester immediately following notice of the award;
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on coursework toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree; and
  5. Show potential for success in a field of the hydrosciences.

Proven intellectual and academic achievement is important, but applicants for the fellowship also must:

  1. Show integrity of character and qualities of leadership;
  2. Demonstrate qualities of ingenuity and inquisitiveness; and
  3. Illustrate a breadth of interest in areas outside of engineering.

To Apply

Applicants should apply for the award by writing a brief (about 300 words) description of their interest in hydroscience research and sending it, along with a copy of their current transcript and one letter of recommendation, to: Kennedy Award Committee, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, 107 SHL, Iowa City, IA 52242. The application deadline is by 4:30 pm on the deadline. Applications are judged by an award committee comprised of members of the IIHR staff.  (For questions about the Kennedy Fellowship, contact Carmen Langel.)

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Last modified on March 11th, 2019
Posted on March 7th, 2011

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