Applications to the I-ACED program are competitive and needs-based. Applicants should read the following information to confirm that they are eligible and then submit a program application.


  • Rice University: February 15
  • Jackson State: July 1
  • Texas Southern University: July 1
  • Prairie View A&M: August 1

Benefits to I-ACED Award Recipients

  • Up to $10,000 in tuition scholarship funds
  • Participation in a pre-cohort Development and Engagement Workshop
  • Ongoing scholar engagement activities during the academic year
  • Guided in-person tour of ERDC facilities
  • Coordinated internships or research experiences

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an I-ACED Award, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, US national, or an admitted refugee at the time of the application
  • Have demonstrated academic potential, defined as being accepted for admission to one of the I-ACED master degree programs (you may concurrently apply for I-ACED while also applying for your graduate program)
  • Have demonstrated unmet financial need as defined by the individual university that you are applying for
  • Be enrolled in at least six hours of coursework toward an I-ACED Masters degree

Application Process


  • Complete the The Free Application for Federal StudentAid (FAFSA┬«) HERE.
  • Complete the initial application located HERE. You will be asked to fill out information about your current and future schooling plans, answer two essay questions, and upload a current resume and unofficial transcript. The Spring 2022 due date corresponds to the deadlines for the degree programs – please confirm deadlines with the department you are applying to. Early applications are recommended as this fellowship is competitive and limited in number.
  • View the recorded program webinar here:


  • Eligible candidates will receive a followup application via email.