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Applications for Abe Bailey Travel Bursary Closing Soon
Author: JC Landman / Student Affairs
Published: 03/05/2019

​The Abe Bailey Trust again offers a travel bursary for a suitable student or junior lecturerattached to South African universities for an educational visit to England for the period 24 November 2019 to 21 December 2019.


  1. Bursaries are awarded to persons who are academically strong (being on track to complete the current degree programme in the minimum required years) and who show exceptional leadership qualities and service, not only in student affairs,but also within a wider social context and who are able to function as part of a select and highly skilled group. Students should have completed their second yearof university.
  2. Applicants should be SA citizens, who hold valid passports and should not be older than 25 years when the tour starts on 24 November 2019.  This age restriction can be departed from, at the discretion of the Trustees, in the case of outstanding applicants.  It is desirable that applicants are sufficiently proficient in the English language so as to adapt to the other members of the tour party and to cope with those whom they will meet in the course of the Tour overseas. They should also be physically fit in order to undertake the walking tours and cope with the intensive programme of activities.
  3. All Bursars are expected to participate in the Tour for its full duration and to take part in all the programmed activities.  No bursar will be allowed to join the Tour later than 24 November 2019 or to interrupt the Tour. The tour ends officially on the 21 December 2019 in London. (Applicants who intend to apply for the Rhodes scholarship are strongly advised not apply for this bursary if it appears that the selection interview dates will clash with the Tour dates.)
  4. Married persons will not be allowed to be accompanied by his or her spouse.


  1. There is no application form. Applications should be in Englishand should contain the following information: (Only complete submissions will be considered.
    • ​A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying
    • A current CV
    • Two letters of reference that address the suitability of the candidate to meet the objectives of this travel bursary
    • Copies of ID and university academic record
    • Copies university merit/achievement certificates (maximum 5 items)
    • Details of leadership roles and social and community service at university
    • A brief statement of the dates and purpose of any previous visits undertaken to the United Kingdom
    • Confirmation of a valid South African passport​​
  2. T​​​he​​ letters of reference should be from three current referees reporting on the character, leadership and personality of the nominee. The referees may send the letters directly to Robert Kotzé,
  1. Applications should be submitted at SU International (SUI)where they will be prepared for a selection panel in collaboration with the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Institute for  Student Leadership Development. Candidates will be shortlisted for interviews by a panel consisting of ex-Abe Bailey bursars and representatives from the PGIO and Student Affairs.
  2. After the interviews the names of the candidates with recommendations are submitted to the Rector for nomination. Only then will three candidates be nominated to the Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust (closing date: 7thJune 2019).
  3. All applicants will be kept informed by e-mail about the progress of the selection process:​
    • Closing date: 17 May 2019
    • Shortlisting: Week of 20 May 2019
    • Interviews: Week of 27 May 2019
    • Nomination by the Rector: Week of 3 June 2019​
  4. ​The Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust will then award the bursary to one of the nominees. The three final candidates will then be informed accordingly.

For the conditions, click here.

For the objectives, click here.

For the programme, click here.