Young Professional Scholarship

Young Professional Scholarship Nominations

Nominations Now Open!

Key dates
Nominations Close: Thursday 12 March 2020
Outcomes Advised: Thursday 26 March 2020

Scholarships will be awarded to young professionals working towards or already employed in the rail sector, including tertiary students or recent graduates (with less than 3 years full time employment) to attend CORE 2020 in Perth, Australia.

  • Information on cutting edge rail technology
  • Diverse program of high-quality technical papers including Rollingstock, Signalling, Communications and Electrical Engineering, Safety and Risk, Systems and Management and Wheel Rail Interface
  • Professional Development attendance certificate for CV
  • Networking opportunities

Nominations are now open for those with an interest in the rail industry from:

  • Engineering
  • Project Management and Planning
  • Operations
  • Safety
  • Business and Commerce
  •  IT
  • Spatial Sciences

Successful applicants receive:

All Awardees:
CORE 2020 Conference registration including:

  • Access to conference sessions
  • Icebreaker with fellow award recipients, RTSA Executive and sponsors prior to Welcome Reception Monday 11 May
  • Ticket to Welcome Reception Monday 11 May
  • Delegate registration pack including program handbook, delegate bag, name badge and conference proceedings on USB

Top Tier Awardees – Only 3 Awards:
(judged based on the quality of the Main Application)
In addition to the above

  • Ticket to the WSP Gala Dinner
  • RTSA Membership paid for one year
  • 5-minute presentation at a special plenary session during CORE 2020 (based on the content of your Main Application). You will actually be in the CORE 2020 program!
  • The Main Applications of the three Tier Awardees will be edited and published in Track & Signal Magazine
  • You may use your CORE presentation and Track & Signal publication as part of your Elements of Competence for Chartered Engineer assessment

Emerging Young Professional Award:
(selected from the Top Tier Awards)
The Top Tier Awardee’s presentations will be voted for by delegates via the Conference App and judged as the Emerging Young Professional of CORE 2020 and will receive:

  • Recognition and acknowledgement as the CORE 2020 Emerging Young Professional and award Registration fee paid for CORE 2022 – you essentially receive a double scholarship!
  • At CORE 2022 (if you can attend) you will be required to make a presentation to the Youth Scholarship
  • Attendees of 2020, and present the award for the Emerging Young Professional of CORE 2022

Successful applicants will be required to fund their own travel and accommodation to attend the Conference. Tickets to the WSP Gala Dinner are available at additional cost.

Nomination Process

Nominees will be required to submit the following information at time of nomination.


Education Details

  • Relevant Degree(s)/Qualification(s)
  • University or other Institution where you will receive/received your degree/qualification
  • Year completed Degree/ Qualification or will complete

Work Experience

In a maximum of 150 words provide your most recent work experience (professional or student) position, organisation, period and a brief overview of role

What are the main reasons for wanting to attend CORE 2020? (maximum 150 words)

Your leadership, initiative and problem-solving skills, and how they are/or intending to contribute to the rail industry in the future

Main Application

Choose any area of the rail industry and identify an aspect that you believe could be improved or refined using an engineering approach.  It can be any area of your choosing e.g. materials, processes, operations, mechanical, rail, rolling stock, wheel-rail interface etc.  Your idea does not need to be deeply technical – it is simply your opportunity to show some engineering ideas. 

In less than 500 words:

  • Describe your idea.
  • How it could go towards improving an area in the rail industry; and
  • Possible limitations

For further information on the Youth Scholarship Award, please contact [email protected]

Closing Date: Thursday 12 March 2020