PMI David I. Cleland Memorial Fellows Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Academic Scholarship

Sponsored By

Project Management Institute


In honor of the distinguished service career of the fellows of the Project Management Institute, the PMI Board of Directors has established the Memorial Fellows Scholarship named in honor of the previous year’s Fellow(s) who have passed. The scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an accredited college or university, pursuing a master's degree in project management or a project management related field. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of US $2,000. This scholarship is awarded once annually.

Application and Notification

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This scholarship is open to students who are registered at accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities and are pursuing master’s degrees in project management or related fields of study.

David Cleland headshot

David I. Cleland, Ph.D.

This endowed scholarship honors the life of David I. Cleland, Ph.D. Dr. Cleland contributed to PMI in countless ways, including moderating the PMI Body of Knowledge Workshop in 1985, finalizing the development of the PMI Student Paper Award Program, and attending and presenting at many PMI Seminars and Symposia since 1972. He was a charter member and advisor to the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, and received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award from PMI three times. He was an author and editor of 44 books and articles published in many technological, management and educational periodicals. Dr. Cleland was considered to be the most published author of project management textbooks in the world, and was considered by many as the "Father of Project Management."

In 1999, PMI honored Dr. Cleland by establishing the annual David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award to recognize authors of published books that significantly advance project management knowledge, concepts and practice.