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Road Safety Training for Academics

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Target Group

The course is aimed at participants who have at least an academic master degree and who work in a research group, research institute, higher education institute, international organisation, the government sector or a non-governmental organisation in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Their job should consist of preparatory work for policy-making and its implementation in road safety or research into relevant issues. 

In general it would be beneficial if at least 2 people from the same country participate in this course. After the course, the participants can continue to collaborate and support each other in improving road safety in their home country.


Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, verify whether you meet ALL (both academic and scholarship) eligibility criteria. If this is not the case, do not send an application since selection will not be possible.

a) Academic admission criteria (Hasselt University)

  • Required study level and degree programme:
    Participants should have at least an academic master degree in e.g. Behavioural Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, ...), Geography/Architecture/Spatial Planning, Transportation and Traffic Planning, Engineering: Engineer, Civil Engineer, Transportation Engineer, ...
  • Professional experience:
    This course is aimed at people who have acquired relevant experience in a research group or research institute, higher education institute, international organisation, government sector or Non-Governmental Organisation. Their job content  should consist of preparatory work for policy-making or its implementation in the domain of road safety or research into related issues. The content of the participant's job has to be related to the content of the international training programme.
  • Knowledge of the English language:
    The participants are expected to have both a passive and active command of the English language at a reasonable level. Participant should be able to follow ex cathedra lessons, take notes and present some case studies themselves. Proof of English proficiency has to be submitted. This can be one or more of the below:
    - 1 year comprehensive English-based instruction at a university or recognized equivalent
    - passed for a TOEFL test (min. score 550 PBT or 79 IBT)
    - passed for IELTS test (min. overall band score of 6.5)
    - passed another English test of similar level as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Minimum age: min. 24 years old


b) scholarship eligibility criteria (VLIR-UOS)

  • Nationality:
    Applicants should originate from and reside in one of the 54 scholarship countries on the VLIR-UOS country list
  • Maximum age:
    The maximum age for an ITP candidate is 45 years (on 1st January 2016)
  • Professional experience and background:
    Candidates should be employed in academic institutes, research institutes, governments, social economy or NGO's. Candidates employed in the commercial sector are not eligible.
    Applicants have to prove their employment in a relevant domain by means of an attestation by the employer, where the employer confirms that the ITP candidate will retain their position after return and where the employer emphasizes the usefulness of the ITP for both the candidate and the organisation.
  • Prior scholarships:
    Applicants are only allowed to apply for one VLIR-UOS scholarship per year and may not have received a previous VLIR-UOS scholarship for an ITP.

=> for a full overview of all scholarship criteria: see VLIR-UOS website: scholarship eligibility criteria


Selection criteria

If applicants do not meet all academic and scholarship criteria, their application will be rejected.
If applicants do meet all academic and scholarship criteria, their applications will be taken into consideration. A ranking will then be made according to the below selection criteria.

  • Motivation
  • Professional experience
  • Gender
  • Regional balance
  • Social background
  • prior scholarships

=> for a full overview of all scholarship selection criteria: see VLIR-UOS website: scholarship selection criteria