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 2019 will also participate in the multiday IRF Road Scholar Program, held in Washington, D.C in January 2019.
"The Fellowship Program is the crown jewel in the IRF's vision of 'Better Roads. Better World'."
Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
Since 1949, IRF has awarded more than 1,400 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.
"This program provides IRF members a unique opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the next generation of transportation industry leaders."
C. Patrick Sankey
IRF President & CEO
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.
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. Essam Radwan
Nominations & Qualifications
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; however, there are circumstances where some flexibility is possible.
- Planning to enroll or already enrolled in the 2018-2019 school year
- 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)