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

June 5, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The International Road Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for the IRF Fellowship Program.

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.

Since 1949, the IRF has awarded 1,371 grants to individuals, representing 118 countries on six continents. Many Fellows have become high-level government officials, university professors 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.

According to the Foundation’s Chairman, Dr. Essam Radwan, the IRF Fellowship Program has always been and will always be a catalyst for educating and training the next generation of international transportation professionals. “I have had the privilege of teaching Fellows at three universities: they are all successful professionals in their home countries and take pride in being affiliated with the IRF,” Dr. Radwan noted.

The IRF encourages all its Members in good standing as well as IRF Fellow Alumni to submit nominations. 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.

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
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)

Application Process
Students may be nominated by an organization or apply on their own at
Nominations must be received by September 30, 2015.


ABOUT THE IRF: The International Road Federation, founded in 1948, is a not-for-profit, non-political organization with the mission to encourage and promote development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. With a network in 117 countries across six continents, the IRF believes it can make a difference by providing best practices and expert advice to today’s multi-faceted world of transport.

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