Call for Nominations

The Portland Cement Association Education Foundation funds a wide variety of educational activities that will increase public knowledge regarding appropriate uses of cement and concrete. Within that global purpose is a specific purpose to:

Advance general scientific understanding of cement and concrete by providing scholarships,             fellowships, grants, and other support for the study of engineering and the physical sciences       relating to the production and use of cement and concrete.

The support provided by the Education Foundation is used to identify and attract outstanding candidates in the field of engineering and the physical sciences and provide them with the necessary support to complete their studies. Additionally, this support is intended to provide them an opportunity for productive work in the cement and concrete industries.

The fellowships are open to any student, in the US and Canada, completing studies toward a masters or doctoral degree from an institution of higher education within Canada or the United States that is accredited by a regional or national agency. The applicant must pursue graduate study in an engineering, science, material science, or architectural program. Each fellowship includes a $20,000 stipend paid to the university to cover tuition, residence, research materials, equipment, study materials, related educational expenses, and does not include payment for institutional overhead.

For this current fellowship competition, proposals in the following subject areas, with no priority, are of interest:

Cement Manufacturing

  • Development of a best practices guide for use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) within the cement plant
  • Development of a new laboratory grinding mill for laboratory fine grinding
  • Potential CO2 reduction methods
  • Emission reduction technologies for THC and CO
  • Inherent trade-offs between expert combustion control and SNCR/SCR technologies
  • Techniques to reduce burning zone temperatures within the rotary cement kiln

Concrete Technology

  • Rapid/improved concrete durability tests
  • Innovative tests to predict concrete performance
  • Improvements to self consolidating concrete technology
  • Improvements to pervious concrete technology


  • Structural innovations and energy efficient technologies for residential concrete floor, wall, and roof systems
  • Comparison of time required and cost of building wood frame homes and concrete homes built to meet the requirements of the Institute of Business and Home Safety Fortified for Safer Living Homebuilding Program
  • Comparison of time required and costs of building wood frame exterior wall assemblies and concrete homebuilding system exterior wall assemblies to meet the requirements of Energy Star Qualified Homes Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist
  • Recommended residential construction details for building with concrete homebuilding systems including proper installation


  • Quantifying environmental advantages of Full-Depth Reclamation of old asphalt pavement in terms of sustainable development and life cycle assessment.
  • Evaluation of Full-Depth Reclamation mixes with high percentages of RAP.
  • Best practices for preparing cement stabilized bases for asphalt surfacing (curing methods and surface treatments).
  • Use of asphalt mix design procedures (including Bailey Method) to select aggregate gradation for Roller-Compacted Concrete mixes.
  • Evaluation of warping and curling stresses in Roller-Compacted Concrete pavements.
  • Evaluation of Roller-Compacted Concrete mixes with high fines content.


  • Development of practical curing techniques for masonry construction
  • Develop more effective methods of placing grout to achieve better performance while increasing grout lift height
  • The seismic performance for new or existing structures where masonry cement is used

Engineered Structures

  • Reevaluate the crack control reinforcement when using the strut and tie design method in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification.
  • Propose design requirements for transmission of HSC wall loads through conventional strength concrete floor systems.
  • Determine when ties are required for compression in shear walls.
  • Column slenderness provisions vis-à-vis magnification procedure and limits for non-sway and sway columns.
  • Determine shear strength of stud rail assemblies for one-way shear in beams and one-way slabs. Currently, ACI 318 provides requirements for design of stud rail assemblies for two-way shear only.
  • Confinement reinforcement details for large beams in special moment frames.
Innovative projects in other areas of cement and concrete technology will also be considered.

A university professor and the candidate student must jointly submit applications. Applications must be received by January 15. Please follow the proposal format when submitting a proposal in this competition. The proposal should not exceed four pages in length using 12 point Times New Roman font.

PCA committee members review and endorse nominations for support. The PCA Education Foundation Board of Directors makes the final determination regarding the selection of each fellowship. Final award determinations are tentatively scheduled not later than June with award notifications immediately thereafter.

Submittals with detailed descriptions of the proposed project should be sent via e-mail to:


Steven H. Kosmatka
Portland Cement Association
Skokie, IL 60077-1083

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