The Freeman Fund was established in 1924 by John R. Freeman, Past President and Honorary Member, ASCE. The income from the fund is to be used in the aid and encouragement of young engineers, especially in research work for objectives as indicated in the rules.

In addition to the Society’s Freeman Fund, Mr. Freeman established similar trusts with the Boston Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1949 ASME and ASCE entered an informal agreement by which each would award a fellowship every other year, in alternating years. In 1989 ASCE decided to award the Fellowship every year.

Recent recipients


  • Salma Elsherif, S.M.ASCE, Vanderbilt University
  • Karoline Herkamp, S.M.ASCE, Oregon Institute of Technology

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  1. The Freeman Fellowship may be presented annually to not more than 3 graduate civil engineering students, who will use the fellowship for tuition, research and living expenses.
  2. The purpose of the fellowship is to further the education of worthy students in hydraulic engineering.
  3. Eligibility:
    1. At the time of application the individual must be a member of the Society in any grade and in good standing at the time of application and award.
    2. The fellowship may be awarded only to those students who will continue their formal graduate education at a recognized educational institution.
    3. Previous recipients of the fellowship are eligible to apply in any succeeding competition for these awards provided the other requirements of eligibility are satisfied.
  4. Application:
  5. Complete applications are to be submitted to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program office for receipt by February 10 of the year of award. Applications must include (1) completed application form; (2) personal essay on why the applicant should receive this fellowship. The essay shall be no more than 500 words and shall highlight why the applicant chose to become a civil engineer, specific ASCE involvement, any special financial needs, and long term goals and plans; (3) detailed financial statement stating the amount of and purposes for which the funds will be used and how they will assist the applicant; (4) description of the proposed research and its objectives; a statement from the institution at which the research is to be conducted indicating that the applicant and proposed research are acceptable to the institution must be included; (5) minimum of 2 sealed letters of recommendation, 1 of which must be from a faculty member; (6) sealed official transcript; (7) 1- to 2-page résumé. Include honors, activities, organizations, ASCE activities (including any offices held), and any work experience.
  6. Selection:
    1. All applications will be reviewed by the Society Awards Committee or its designee for recommendation to the Executive Committee for final approval.
    2. The committee reserves the right to recommend that no award be made in a particular year if no meritorious applications are received.
    3. Selection is based on the quality of the application which shall be submitted to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program office by February 10 of the year of award.
  7. Awards:
    1. The amount of the fellowship will be determined annually by and subject to approval of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction based on income from the fund endowment.
    2. The fellowship may be used toward expenses for experiments, observations, and compilations to discover new and accurate data that will be useful in hydraulic engineering. The fellowship also recognizes underwriting fully or in part, some of the loss that may be sustained in the publication of meritorious books, papers, or translations pertaining to hydraulic science and art that might, except for some such assistance, remain mostly inaccessible.
    3. Travel is for the purpose of aiding the recipient to visit engineering works in the United States, or in any other part of the world, where there is good prospect of obtaining information useful to hydraulic engineers.
    4. Recipient will be notified of selection in May by the Executive Director of the Society.
    5. Award funds will be sent to the recipient.


Application Deadline: Complete application and transcript must be received by February 10.

To apply, submit a completed application to:

American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, Virginia 20191-4400
Attn: Honors and Awards Program

All application requirements must be fulfilled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.