The DFI Educational Trust and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Women in Deep Foundations Committee are proud to provide professional development grant opportunities to women involved in design and construction of deep foundations. The goal of DFI's Women in Deep Foundations Committee is to increase networking opportunities and improve retention of female professionals in the deep foundations industry. The future of our industry depends upon diversity, which can be influenced by encouraging promising female professionals to remain in deep foundations careers.


Application Requirements
☐ Completed and signed application form.
☐ Personal essay, no more than 500 words, highlighting why the applicant chose to pursue a deep foundations-related career, applicant's interests and experiences in the deep foundations industry, applicant's leadership in the workplace and community, applicant's future professional development plans, applicant's leadership and participation in related professional activities, and applicant's intention to continue involvement with the Women in Deep Foundations Committee and the DFI organization.
☐ One-page résumé, including education, work experience, leadership skills, activities, organizations and professional affiliations.
☐ One letter of recommendation from applicant's company leadership or past employer recommending the applicant for the grant, including a description of how the applicant will benefit from the grant and wider exposure to the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee and the DFI organization, and outlining the employer's professional development support for the applicant.

Five grants of $1,750 each plus a free full annual conference registration will be awarded in 2020. The grants must be used to cover lodging, meals, travel, and other related expenses for the recipients' attendance of DFI's 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in National Harbor, Maryland, October 13-16, 2020. The recipients will be featured in Deep Foundations and will be recognized at the conference during the Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Committee Reception and the Awards Banquet. Recipients will each receive a check at the end of the Conference, contingent upon attending the following conference functions: WiDF Committee Reception, Awards Dinner, WiDF Committee meeting, another committee meeting on a topic of interest to the recipient, and at least one session of the Conference.

  • The 2020 application period has closed. The 2021 application period opens April 1, 2021.