Travel Bursary
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The Abe Bailey Trust and the 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 Travel Bursaries. These Travel Bursaries give selected university students and university staff of junior lecturer status an opportunity to visit the United Kingdom.

Applicants must understand that this is a Travel Bursary which demands a different skill set from the criteria of a normal bursary. The Trustees are looking for applicants who have an ability to function as part of a group. to add value to the group experience, to engage effectively with significant people and organisations (e.g. MPís, local government leaders, SA High Commission officers, financial executives, academic staff and students), a willingness to listen and to understand other peopleís viewpoints, to express an opinion, possess an enquiring mind, want to broaden their horizons and above all wish to keep learning. Successful bursars need to enjoy working with people, to exude a positivity and enthusiasm which raises the energy levels of those around them and to demonstrate the following Objectives. They should be physically fit in order to undertake the walking tours and cope with the intensive programme of activities.


The Objectives of the Travel Bursary are to broaden the views of young South Africans

  • to effect greater co-operation and understanding of different viewpoints and opinions among those with various language and cultural backgrounds
  • to encourage open debate that demonstrates leadership and mutual respect of others
  • to enable outstanding South African students who show exceptional leadership and a strong service ethic 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
  • to promote South African unity


The Travel Bursaries are awarded every year and cover the cost of an all-expenses-paid 3 week educational tour of England and Scotland. Included in the cost are economy class return air fares between Cape Town and London as well as travel between inland university centres and Cape Town. It covers 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 Goodenough College in London. The selected Travel 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 Travel Bursars from South African universities will gather in Cape Town on 22nd November, spend three days on orientation, and depart by air to London. All bursars are required to be in Cape Town at the orientation venue by the start of the orientation session. It will not be possible to join the tour after that point nor to be absent from the orientation activities in Cape Town for a graduation ceremony, exams, interviews or any other personal reason.

The tour will officially end on the Saturday before Christmas, with returning flights arriving in South Africa the next day.


All Bursars become a member of the Abe Bailey Fellowship comprising past Travel Bursars since the Tour's inception in 1951, now numbering over 900. They are kept in touch by way of the Fellowship Newsletter and an annual updated address list.

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