Educating the Next Generation of Global Transport Leaders: Now Accepting Applications for IRF Fellowship Program


July 9, 2014


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The International Road Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for the IRF Fellowship Program – Class of 2016 (starting Fall Semester 2015).

The IRF Fellowship Program provides a one-time graduate level scholarship to young professionals who have strong academic backgrounds, professional qualifications, leadership potential, and a commitment to return to their respective home countries after graduation. Students selected for the Class of 2016 will also participate in the 10-day IRF Road Scholar Program, held in Washington, D.C. in January.

Since 1949, the IRF has awarded more than 1,300 grants to individuals, representing 118 countries on six continents. Many Fellows have become high-level government officials and leaders in the private sector, where they are in a position to exercise a multiplier effect in the transfer of technology and information.

“The Fellowship Program provides IRF members a unique opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the next generation of transportation industry leaders,” said Mr. C. Patrick Sankey, president & CEO of the IRF. “While there are many qualified students around the world, the IRF is seeking candidates who possess a strong passion and believe in the immense socio-economic benefits of having better, safer, and more sustainable roads and transportation networks in their home countries and around the world,” Mr. Sankey added.

The IRF encourages all its Members in good standing as well as IRF Fellow Alumni to submit nominations for the Class of 2016. Students not nominated by an IRF Member or IRF Fellow may apply for a grant; however, greater consideration will be given to those students nominated by an IRF Member or Fellow. Students awarded grants will be enrolled in a U.S. university for the fall semester of 2015.


In general, candidates are expected to meet these criteria; however, there are circumstances where some flexibility is possible.


  • Demonstrated potential as next-generation leader in the highway industry, financing, administration, planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in a transportation-related discipline.
  • The ability to actively engage in study and/or research in English.
  • A commitment to full-time study for a minimum of nine months.
  • The ability to travel to and within the United States.
  • Strong endorsements from national road associations (or similar agencies), IRF Members, and/or IRF Fellow(s).


Application Process



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