Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2022 – 2023

Students with a strong academic record and good leadership qualities that want to travel may just have found the right bursary!

The Abe Bailey trust is now inviting students to apply for its travel bursary program.

The program will last for a total of 3 weeks and will be an educational tour across Britain.

This is open to all university students of any level, so if you have the time and want to travel abroad for a bit, then this might be your next step.

We’ve provided a breakdown of exactly how this bursary operates and what you will need to do to apply.

Closing Date

The Abe Bailey Travel Bursary program will be closing its application acceptance on 6 May 2022.

This date is location dependant based on the University you are studying with.

So please make sure that you have submitted your application and all supporting documents before this date.

If you don’t, your application will not be accepted by the organization and it will be disqualified from the selection process.

What is The Abe Bailey Travel Bursary?

This bursary will allow South African students to travel to Britain and meet its tasks on a 3-week tour that focuses on education rather than tourism and recreation.

This bursary is open to all students from South African universities and academic staff members with junior lecturer ranks.

The Goodenough College in London, UK will be hosting successful candidates.

Candidates will be in the company of each other and be tasked to carry out various activities set by the program.

However, they will be given brief windows of free time where they can arrange their own activities.

Who Can Apply

This bursary program is open to all applicants from a South African university as mentioned above.

However, when applying, you will need to meet the following requirements set by the Abe Bailey Trust to be considered an ideal candidate:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must have a valid South African passport (or be able to obtain one).
  • Applicants must have no impediments to acquiring a UK visa.
  • Applicants must be 25 years old or younger when starting the tour.
  • Applicants must be registered full-time students at a university in South Africa, in their 3rd year or above OR they must be an academic staff member with junior lecturer status at a university in South Africa.
  • Applicants must accept the Objectives of the Travel Bursary (to broaden the views of young South Africans).
  • Applicants must have a strong academic record.
  • Applicants must be able to prove a record of community participation/ public service ethic.
  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants must be physically fit (to partake in walking tours and cope with the intensive program of activities).
  • Applicants must be able to work together in a group, as well as add value to the overall experience and engage well with important people and organizations.

What Does This Bursary Cover?

This will provide financial cover for a total of 3 weeks including an economy-class return ticket between Cape Town and London, along with travel expenses between inland universities and Cape Town. 

How To Apply

Applications for the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary are quite easy, all you need to do is selected the university you are currently studying with, and fill out the online application:

Please make sure that your forms are filled out correctly and contain the necessary information requested. Also, make sure to attach the following support documents:

  • A certified copy of your South African passport
  • A certified copy of your ID
  • An updated CV
  • A certified copy of your Matric certificate
  • A certified copy of your most recent qualification
  • A certified copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate
  • 2 reference letters that cover your contributions to community service in terms of academic and leadership skills.
  • A personal motivational letter that outlines why you would be an ideal candidate for this bursary program.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about this bursary program, then you will need to contact your university vice-chancellor’s office or to the officer indicated by the V-C’s office directly.

Good luck with your application!

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