The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundations industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundations industry leaders.

The following resources are for Students:

Join DFI for Free: Individual annual membership dues for students are free. Student must provide a copy of their student ID card upon submission of their application.

Visit DFI on Facebook: Stay informed about DFI and connect with DFI members from around the world.

Join DFI's LinkedIn page: Connect with industry experts on DFI's LinkedIn page.

Enter the Student Paper Competition: DFI and the DFI Educational Trust hold an annual Student Paper Competition, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students of engineering and construction. For the Current Call for Papers, Click Here.

Join As a DFI Student Member you are entitled to free, unlimited downloads of 110,000+ papers and articles on mining, tunneling and deep foundations construction from this online document library. Sign-in as a DFI member at and be automatically logged-in to or register at

DFI Student Chapter Manual: The DFI Educational trust has produced a manual as a resource for existing chapters and university students interested in starting a chapter. The manual includes: the benefits of chapter membership, a student chapter mission statement, chapter structure and suggested activities, annual planning documents, scholarship notices, chapter contact directories so chapters can work together, sample activity flyers, sample meeting agendas and an application to start a chapter.

Links: Access Links to Industry Organizations, Government Agencies and Other Websites of Interest. A comprehensive engineering educational website for students. The website allows students interested in the engineering industry to compare, contrast and contact different schools and programs.

STEM Education Coalition: The central mission of the STEM Education Coalition is to inform federal and state policymakers on the critical role that STEM education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity and to advocate for policies that will improve STEM education at every level.