This fellowship was established by the Board of Direction of the Society in 1938 and was made possible by J. Waldo Smith, past Vice President and Hon.M.ASCE, who bequeathed funds to the Society.

Recent recipients

  • 2022–2023: Harold Pollard, S.M.ASCE, Delft University of Technology

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  1. The J. Waldo Smith Hydraulic Fellowship may be presented annually to not more than two graduate 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 civil engineering graduate students engaged in the study of experimental hydraulics.
  3. Under the provisions adopted by the Board of Direction, the scope of the fellowship should be restricted to research in the field of experimental hydraulics as distinguished from that of purely “theoretical hydraulics.” To this end, emphasis is to be placed on practical experiments designed and executed for the purpose of advancing knowledge with respect to the laws of hydraulic flow, rather than to the type of research which proceeds on the theory of mathematical based on assumptions of unknown validity. The essence of the purpose of the research is to test the assumptions which are currently made, and also to develop a better understanding of fluid flow.
  4. Eligibility:
    1. At the time of application the individual must be a member of the Society and in good standing at the time of application and award. Preference shall be given to Associate Members.
    2. The fellowship may be awarded only to those students who will continue their formal graduate education in civil engineering.
    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.
  5. Application:
    1. 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 Student Chapter involvement, any special financial needs, and long term goals and plans; (3) 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; (4) detailed financial statement indicating how this fellowship will help finance the applicant’s education and support your research. Document the extent of financial need by indicating expenses and income from all sources. Expenses shall include, but not be limited to: tuition, fees, books, living expenses (rent/mortgage, meals, and utilities) and miscellaneous expenses (commuting costs, car payments, insurance, previous loan balances). Income should include any and all employment, other grants and loans, and parental or spousal support (5) minimum of two sealed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member; (6) one 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.
  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. Recipients will be notified of selection in May by the Executive Director of the Society.
    3. Awards funds will be sent to the recipient.


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

Submit Completed Application and Transcript 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.