Bursaries

Bursary Scheme

The South African Road Federation offers bursaries to South Africans wishing to undertake further education or training in disciplines applicable to the road transport industry.

Scope

The following categories of study will be considered:

1. ROAD ENGINEERING

This includes:

  • Traffic engineering
  • Transportation planning
  • Pavement engineering
  • Bridge engineering
  • Materials Construction management

2 .ROAD TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT
3. ROAD TRANSPORT ECONOMICS
4. ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

This includes:

  • Traffic policing
  • Accident investigation
  • Personnel management (Organization and Training)
  • Financial management

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Bursaries are awarded for study at an approved South African University or the University of Technology.
  • Study at an advanced level is preferred, i.e. M.Sc., M. Tech. or above. However, applications at the undergraduate level may be considered in special circumstances.
  • Full-time study will be given preference but applicants considering part-time study or distance learning will also be considered.
  • All applications must be endorsed by the appropriate academic authority at the establishment where the applicant proposes to study.
  • The value of the bursary will depend on upon the needs of the applicant and the decision of the Council of the Federation. However, it is intended to supplement the student`s other finances and will not be sufficient to cover all expenses. It will be paid directly to the academic institution concerned on the bursar`s behalf.
  • Applicants must satisfy Council to an extent, which is reasonable that they will be working within the ambiance of the South African road transport industry on completion of their studies.
  • Everything being equal, preference will be given to employees of members of the South African Road Federation.
  • South African residents will be given preference but individuals from SADC countries are invited to apply. They should do so through their respective Road Federation or the International Road Federation (Geneva or Washington office).

Bursars will be expected to:

  • Enroll as associate (i.e. individual) members of the SARF (approximate annual subscription : R445)
  • Submit six-monthly reports of study progress
  • If you are enrolled for postgraduate studies thesis covering the research results, academic content or similar for publication in the Federation’s newsletter or other publication, within a reasonable time after completion of the course of study, and
  • Be prepared to make a presentation to his/her local branch of the Federation of the subject of his/her study on a mutually convenient occasion.

IRF FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

The International Road Federation are offering fellowship to international students (fund for one year only). The fellowship is designed for exceptional graduate engineers and transportation managers. If you are interested in applying for next year`s fellowship, you should contact the SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD FEDERATION, and ask them to nominate you for the IRF Fellowship, as the nomination for the IRF Fellowship is usually being through the native country. The IRF Fellowship is for $15,000.

Applicants or their employers/sponsors must confirm that they are willing to accept responsibility for the financial balance that is not covered by the IRF grant.

The potential Fellows must be applying for admission into a graduate program at one of two US Universities, Purdue University or University of South Florida.

Fellowship Program

Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Since 1949, The IRF Fellowship Program for graduate engineers and transportation managers has been a cornerstone in the work of the International Road Federation for more than 60 years. The Program provides a one-time grant toward the costs of university graduate study in fields related to the development of better and safer roads and road networks worldwide. Through the International Road Educational Foundation, the IRF awards grants to graduate engineers and other transportation professionals from around the world.

IRF and its members have provided educational grants to more than 1,300 students from 116 countries, forming one of the most effective and global business development networks in the industry, while also helping prepare and educate the future leaders of our industry.

Alumni of the IRF Fellowship Program have returned home to become heads of state, ministers, chief executive officers, university professors and chief engineers, where they are in a position to exercise a multiplier effect in the transfer of technology and information.

5-Star Testimonials

Jorge Duran, Chief, Science, Technology and Innovation Organization of American States “We are proud of our partnership with the IRF given the critical importance of creating well-trained human resources in the important area of roads and highways.”

Class of 2013 – IRF Road Scholar Program Graduates “We, the 2013 class of the IRF Road Scholar Program, wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to you for a successful 2013 Program. You proved to be wonderful hosts and our experience within the Program is one we will cherish for years to come. We will always remember the opportunity you provided us to meet some of the best international students within the country and to network with leaders within the transportation industry