The Transport Planning Society is delighted to announce the 2020 Bursary competition.

The Transport Planning Society’s Bursary competition encourages younger members of the Transport Planning Society 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 2021. You will then receive £500 and be featured in a TPS news item.

This year’s topic is:

A transport system that is accessible for everyone – how do we make this happen ?

We are looking on your thoughts as to what needs to be done to address barriers including gender, age, disability? To ensure everyone can access the services and opportunities that they want and need too.

 In fact do we need to travel at all ?

We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

The papers will be judged by members of the Transport Planning Society board and the best paper will receive the “Bursary of the Year” engraved award and an additional £250.

The bursary competition provides a great opportunity to;

  • expand your knowledge of your chosen topic,
  • raise your profile within the profession,
  • contribute towards completing the TPS PDS requirement
  • promote your career development and;
  • to benefit from your mentor’s experience and advice.

Previous applicants have been enthusiastic about their experience;

“It has been a very worthwhile process in terms of writing and practising presentation, and I am pleased that other transport professionals have been able to hear my views”

“It is important for the industry to facilitate engagement between its junior professionals and those at the top. The Bursary process has been excellent in this regard. Long may it continue.”

The deadline for proposals for this year’s competition is Friday 28thAugust 2020.

If successful, your completed paper will need to be submitted by 18th December 2020.

The panel are looking for you to present innovative ideas and new perspectives, preferably supported by your own experience or new research, written clearly in no more than 5000 words.

More information about the Scheme can be downloaded here  Bursary Guidance 2020 and the  Bursary Application form 2020 here

Any questions / queries can be sent to


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