The TPS announces the launch of its 2024 bursary competition!

The Transport Planning Society is delighted to announce the launch of its 2024 edition of the Bursary competition.

The TPS Bursary competition encourages younger members of TPS to produce a structured written paper on a topic of current relevance to transport planning.

You will be supported by a mentor appointed by the TPS Board who will be a senior member of the profession. 

If your proposed title is accepted, you will be asked to write the full paper with the help of your mentor and present it at a special meeting of TPS Board members in January 2025. You will then receive £500 and be featured in a TPS news item. The best submitted paper will also receive the “Bursary of the Year” engraved award and an additional £250.

This year's Bursary asks you to answer: 

"What is the role of the private car in society and how can we best influence it?"

We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on car use – in the present and future. The theme relates to the 2024 Transport Planning Day campaign on reducing car use. Even if your idea is still being formed, we are keen to hear from you - there will be opportunities to shape your proposal or research question with input from mentors or members of the TPS Board.

To apply attach a proposal of no more than 500 words to the application form below, setting out how you will address this topic and your reasons as to why you think it’s important. 

The deadline for applying to take part in this year’s competition is Monday 22nd July 2024. To apply to take part, please fill in the application form here and follow the guidance uploaded here.

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