Bursaries / Grant

The South African Road Federation offers bursaries to suitably qualified individuals wishing to undertake further education or training in disciplines applicable to the road transport sector.


The following categories of study will be considered:


This includes:

Traffic engineering

Transportation planning

Pavement engineering

Bridge engineering

Construction Materials

Storm water.


Construction management





 Bursaries are awarded for study at an approved South African university, University of Technology or equivalent. Bursaries are awarded to National Diploma students after having passed their first semester (S1) examination and to the Degree students after having passed their first-year examinations

Study at an advanced level is preferred, i.e., M.Sc., M. Tech. or above.  However, applications at undergraduate level may be considered in special circumstances.

Full time study will be given preference but applications for 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 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.

Applications must satisfy Council to an extent which is reasonable that they will be working within the ambit 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 however individuals from SADC countries are invited to apply.

Bursars will be expected to:

    • enroll as associate (i.e. individual) members of the SARF (approximate annual subscription: R730)
    • submit six-monthly reports of study progress
    • be prepared to make a presentation to his/her local branch of the Federation on the subject of his/her study on a mutually convenient occasion.

APPLICATIONS – close on 31 August of each year


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

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