DFI Student Chapters are organized to allow student members to participate in improvement of the planning, design, and construction aspects of deep foundations and deep excavations.

DFI and DFI Educational Trust currently support Student Chapters at CCNY, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri and American University Dubai.

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 100,000+ papers and articles on mining, tunneling and deep foundations construction from this online document library. To access the resources, simply register at You will need to select DFI as your society of affiliation, and use your DFI membership number when registering. For additional help registering, contact or call 1-973-423-4030.

Apply for an At-Large Scholarship: This program awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying in the fields of geotechnical and foundation engineering at any U.S. college or university. There are currently six At-Large Scholarships. To download an application and detailed eligibility and submission instructions, click here.

DFI Student Chapter Manual: DFI 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.

Introduction to Helical Piles and Helical Anchors: Download the DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee's narrated University PowerPoint on the design and construction for helical applications. The file is large, so be patient.

Static Load testing of Deep Foundation Elements: View the Testing & Evaluation Committee's new tutorial video on Static Load Testing of Deep Foundation Elements.

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.