International Road Federation Fellowship for Highway‑related Studies (Engineering, Transport Management, etc)

The International Road Federation (IRF) Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Highway-related (engineering, road transport management, etc)
Course Level: Graduate (fellowship)
Provider: IRF
Country to Study in: USA, Other countries

Scholarship Description
The International Road Federation Fellowship Program provides a one-time financial grant to international students who are currently studying or wish to study at an accredited university in a highway‑related field.

There are two paths to becoming an IRF Fellow, the Traditional and the Executive application processes.

Students selected through both the Traditional and Executive application processes come together every January in Washington, D.C. to participate in the Road Scholar Program, the IRF’s multiday leadership and orientation program.

Eligibility (Selection Criteria)
a). REQUIREMENTS: Traditional Fellowship
In general, candidates are expected to meet these criteria:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in a transportation-related discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in a transportation-related field
  • A commitment to full-time study for a minimum of one year
  • A notarized letter stating your intent to return to your home country within two years of graduation, for the purpose of permanent employment. IRF will provide a template for this certified document.
  • The ability to travel to and within the United States of America
  • The ability to actively engage in study and/or research in English
  • Demonstrated potential as next-generation leader in the road transport industry
  • Strong endorsements from national road associations (or similar agencies), IRF Members, and/or IRF Fellow(s)
Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of IRF’s Member Universities in the United States, and these procedures and requirements are written for those situations. However, IRF also allows attendance at other universities in the United States and abroad. Students opting to attend universities outside the United States will be required to attend the Road Scholar Program.

In all cases, the International Road Federation requires evidence that the applicant has an obligation to return to the sponsoring country after his or her studies, in order to apply the knowledge he or she has gained.

b). REQUIREMENTS: Executive Fellowship
  • Students must be nominated by a Member University professor in order to be considered.
Selection criteria:
Upon receipt of an application, IRF reviews both the applicant’s professional record and his or her undergraduate academic record. The universities, however, tend to place greater weight on the previous academic record when reviewing an application for admission.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Participating Institutions
All Universities within USA (including IRF-member universities and non-member universities) and outside the United States

Fields of study
Highway-related courses --- graduate study in fields related to the development of better and safer roads and road networks worldwide like Engineering, Transport Management, etc

Number of awards
Not specified

Method of Application
There are two paths to becoming an IRF Fellow, the Traditional and the Executive application processes. Through the Traditional process, applicants are self-nominated on the IRF website. Fellows are selected based on a strong academic background, professional qualifications and leadership potential.
Through the Executive process, students must be nominated by a Member University professor in order to be considered, and must demonstrate not only great educational accomplishments, but also a strong desire to use their education in their home countries. Member University professors are contacted directly to solicit three nominations per university each year.

To apply for the IRF Fellowship Educational Grant through the Traditional process, you will need to complete the online application form. And upload all requested items (Transcripts, Three letters of reference, TOEFL Score Report, GRE Score Report and Sponsor’s certification of availability funds) during your electronic application process or, alternatively, mail the items to:

International Road Educational Foundation
500 Montgomery Street
Suite 525
Alexandria, VA 22314

On the other hand, to apply through the Executive process, Professors will be contacted to provide required nominee information.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship, and also to start your online application.

Application deadline is September 30, 2018

The IRF Fellowship Program for graduate students of engineering and transportation policy has been a cornerstone in the work of the International Road Federation for more than 65 years. Founded in 1949, the program has enhanced the professional curriculum of students from 118 countries in fields related to the development of better and safer roads, and their ability to meaningfully improve transportation in their home countries.

Application Deadline: 30 September 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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