Request for nominations for the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2019

Posted on March 27, 2019

The Registrar of the University of Pretoria calls for nominations from suitable senior students as well as members of staff of junior lecturer status (25 years or younger at the start of the tour) for the above-mentioned travel bursary. The focus of the Abe Bailey Trust is leadership development and the Trustees wish the bursaries to be awarded to persons who are academically strong and have shown exceptional qualities of leadership and service, with a good track record not only on campus but also in a wider social context and who are able to function as part of a select and highly skilled group.

The Abe Bailey Trust and Travel Bursary were established in terms of the Will of Sir Abe Bailey who died in 1940. The Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust make funds available for travel bursaries known as the Abe Bailey Bursaries. These bursaries give selected university students and university staff of junior lecturer status an opportunity to visit the United Kingdom, participating in educational tours according to an approved programme. This is a prestigious award which has been given to young South Africans, many of whom have gone on to make notable contributions both here and abroad.

The objective of the Travel Bursary is to broaden the views of young South Africans by enabling outstanding South African students who show exceptional leadership qualities and a strong service ethic: to effect greater understanding and co-operation among those with various language and cultural backgrounds; to encourage leadership that demonstrates open debate and mutual respect of others; to experience British culture and participate in an interactive programme, and examine its significance in the context of South African history; to foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future; and to promote South African unity.

Competition for the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary is growing owing to a higher number of participating institutions and students. All the residential universities and universities of technology in South Africa are included.

The bursaries are awarded each year and cover the cost of an all expenses paid three week educational tour of England and Scotland and a stop-over in Addis Ababa to visit the African Union. Included in the cost are tourist class return air fares between Cape Town, Addis Ababa and London as well as travel expenses between inland university centres and Cape Town. It includes the cost of carrying out the tour and all excursions according to the approved programme. In addition, funds will be made available, at the discretion of the Trustees, to cover out of pocket expenses in the United Kingdom.

The host in the United Kingdom is the Goodenough College in London. The selected bursars will be expected to remain in the company of the other bursars, to participate in all organised activities and to carry out the whole of the approved programme.

There will be limited short periods during the programme when bursars will be free to arrange their own activities.

The selected bursars from various South African universities will gather in Cape Town on 24 November 2019, spend three days together for orientation and depart for Addis Ababa by air on 27 November 2019 and then on to London. The tour will officially end in London on 21 December 2019.

Abe Bailey Fellowship

All bursars become a member of the Abe Bailey Fellowship comprising of past bursars since the tour’s inception in 1951. Past bursars are kept in touch by way of the Fellowship Newsletter and an annual updated address list.

Conditions governing the award of the Travel Bursary

Nominees shall be third-year students and above or members of the University staff of junior lecturer status.

Nominees must be of South African nationality and have a valid South African passport.

Nominees must be aged 25 or less at the start of the tour, i.e. they must not have had their 26th birthday at the commencement of the tour. This age restriction can be departed from, at the discretion of the Trustees, in the case of outstanding applicants.

Married persons may be nominated, but only on the understanding that if granted a Travel Bursary such bursar shall not be accompanied by his or her spouse.


A nomination must contain the following information in the order as set out below:

A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying for this travel bursary and how you will meet its objectives.

A CV containing the following information:

Personal details:

Title, full name and surname
Student or personnel number
Date of birth
Age (on 24 November 2019)
Marital status
Identity number
Language proficiency

Contact details:

Physical and postal address
Contact number(s)
Email address

A brief statement of the dates and purposes of any previous visits undertaken to the United Kingdom

Confirmation of a valid South African passport

Academic qualifications:

Secondary school(s) attended
Matriculation year and results
Current studies, University degree(s), diploma(s), courses and results

Extra-curricular activities at school and university / positions held and achievements

Social and Community Service

Additional information (optional)

Appendix A:
A recent letter from each of two current referees of which at least one must be a senior academic, reporting on the character, leadership qualities, community service activities, personality of the nominee and suitability in terms of the objectives of this bursary.

Appendix B:
A copy of each of the following: Identity document, Passport, UP academic record, Matric Certificate

Appendix C:
Copies of school and university merit/achievement certificates (limited to five)

Bursars should be proficient in English so as to enable interaction with the other members of the tour party and those whom they will meet in the course of the tour overseas. They should also be physically fit in order to undertake walking tours and cope with the intensive programme of activities.

Nominations should reach the Office of the Registrar (Room 4-23, Administration Building) by 16:00 on 23 April 2019. Nominations received thereafter will not be considered. Candidates must remember to provide us with a contact number.

Nominees will be shortlisted. Candidates on the short list will be informed thereof and will be interviewed by the Institutional Nominations Committee on Tuesday afternoon, 14 May 2019. A list of UP’s top three candidates in order of merit together with all the prescribed supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust who will make the final selection. The decision of the Trustees shall be binding.

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