2024 – 2025 Scholarships for Graduate Study in Transportation

CTRF encourages students to apply and submit work in either English or French

The CANADIAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH FORUM (CTRF) encourages graduate students to specialize in the transportation or logistics field through its scholarship program. CTRF encourages students to apply and submit work in either English or French. The mission is to develop highly qualified personnel who will eventually join and contribute to the transportation or logistics profession in Canada. Therefore, CTRF, in cooperation with other organizations, is offering scholarships, worth $6,000 each for the academic year 2024-2025. Preference is given to (but not limited to) students applying for and entering Master’s or PhD programs and current graduate students in the process of choosing research topics for theses or graduating essays.

A candidate may only receive one CTRF scholarship but may apply more than once. The educational institution that the student seeks to attend or is attending, need not have a specialized transportation program for the student to qualify. The Scholarship Committee determines whether the student’s proposed program of study qualifies for the scholarship. Field of study may be in business, engineering, economics, geography, law, planning, or related fields.

To be considered for a CTRF Scholarship sponsored by Transport Canada, the applicant’s research or study must be focused on one of the following three areas: Economics, Efficiency, and Competitiveness in Transportation; Transportation Safety and Security; or Sustainable Transportation. Applicants are encouraged to review details of the Transport Canada program at the bottom of this webpage (

Scholarship recipients will be given an opportunity to present their research at a CTRF event (either by webinar or at the Annual Conference).

Scholarship recipients will be offered a complimentary registration for the CTRF Annual Conference held in the year of their scholarship. (For Example: a 2024-2025 Scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the 2025 Annual Conference.)

Deadline for Submission: This competition has closed

Announcement of Awards: CTRF 2024 Annual Conference

Eligibility: Full-time graduate student at an accredited Canadian University

Criteria: Awards will be decided by a Selection Committee, based on academic achievement, relevant work experience, clear transportation research focus in the program of study, stated career objectives, and supporting letters of reference.

Submission RequirementsCombine the following 3 items into a single PDF file named Surname_Application, and submit in a single email to The email subject line should read: CTRF Scholarship Application.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring all submission requirements are met.

1. A cover letter, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address; degree program and institution, along with current year in program and expected year of graduation; name and email address of faculty supervisor

2. Official transcripts, which include the universities’ stamp and/or seal and signature of the registrar. International transcripts can be submitted if signed/stamped as ‘official’ by the Canadian university that the applicant is attending. Do not submit unofficial transcripts.

3. A 300-word summary outlining graduate research project or field of study


References: Two letters of reference are required. Do not submit more than two. References should be confidential assessments of the candidate’s intellectual abilities and background, research abilities and record, work habits, commitment to career, leadership qualities and any other personal attributes which indicate that the candidate is worthy of an award. Please have referees send their letters by email directly to by January 31, 2024.

After a student has been named to receive a scholarship, eligibility requirements including proof of full-time registration must be met before the scholarship can be confirmed.

Transport Canada Sponsorship

To be considered for a CTRF Scholarship sponsored by Transport Canada, applicant’s research or study must be focused in one of the following three areas.

Economics, Efficiency and Competitiveness in Transportation

  • Competition and the use of market forces, both within and among the various modes of transportation, as the prime agents in providing viable and effective transportation services;
  • Appropriate use of regulation and strategic public intervention to achieve economic or socially efficient outcomes that cannot be achieved satisfactorily by competition and market forces without unduly favouring, or reducing the inherent advantages of, any particular mode of transportation;
  • Rates and business conditions that do not constitute an undue obstacle to the movement of traffic within Canada or to the export of goods from Canada;
  • Solutions where governments and the private sector work together for an integrated transportation system;
  • Integration of physical and electronic connections between modal systems to reduce logistic time and costs;
  • Improving modal efficiency and availability of intermodal services in support of Canada’s gateways and trade corridors and global supply chains;
  • Increasing efficiency at major trade gateways including ports, airports and border crossings;
  • Improving intercity and commuter connections to facilitate the seamless movement of public;
  • Improving knowledge of modal choice by shippers, travelers, and commuters;
  • Innovative business practices to improve efficiency, productivity and competitiveness in transportation.

Transportation Safety and Security

  • Appropriate use of regulation and strategic public intervention to achieve safety and security that cannot be achieved satisfactorily by competition and market forces without unduly favouring, or reducing the inherent advantages of, any particular mode of transportation;
  • Increasing safety and security in a transportation system that is also accessible without unduly limiting the mobility of persons, including persons with disabilities;
  • New  technologies, as well as better ways of using existing technologies in transportation safety and security;
  • Innovation in research and development (R&D), business practices, policies and regulatory approaches, and skills and capacity building related to transportation safety and security;
  • Reducing delays and costs associated with increased security measures by advancing new technologies;
  • Integrated approach to safety and security among modes;
  • Understanding human factors in accidents;
  • Measuring the safety and/or security of the transportation system.

Sustainable Transportation

  • Appropriate use of regulation and strategic public intervention to achieve   environmental or social outcomes that cannot be achieved satisfactorily by competition and market forces without unduly favouring, or reducing the inherent advantages of, any particular mode of transportation;
  • Innovative solutions in transportation to support environmental sustainability in freight and passenger movements;
  • Improving knowledge in transportation demand management that lead to environmental sustainability;
  • Managing and/or reducing congestion in urban areas;
  • Measuring sustainability in transportation;
  • Improving knowledge pertaining to transportation externalities;
  • Development of tools to integrate environmental considerations in decision making in transportation;
  • Developing means of reducing the impact of transportation on human health and the environment.
Bourses d’études

2024 – 2025 Bourses d’études en transport pour étudiants diplômés

Le Groupe de recherches sur les transports au Canada (GRTC) encourage les étudiants diplômés à se spécialiser dans le domaine du transport ou de la logistique par le biais de son programme de bourses d’études. Le GRTC encourage les étudiants à postuler et soumettre un projet de recherche soit en français ou en anglais. Le but est de développer du personnel hautement qualifié qui, éventuellement, pourra rejoindre et contribuer à la profession en transport ou en logistique en Canada. Ainsi, le GRTC, en collaboration avec autres organisations, offre des bourses d’un montant de 6000$ chacune pour l’année universitaire 2024-2025. La préférence sera accordée, sans s’y limiter, aux candidatures des étudiants débutant leur maîtrise ou leur doctorat, ou à celles des étudiants diplômés en recherche de sujets de thèse ou de mémoire.

Un candidat ne peut recevoir qu’une seule bourse du GRTC, mais peut formuler sa demande plus d’une fois. De plus, l’institution d’enseignement que fréquente l’étudiant ou au sein de laquelle il compte étudier n’est pas tenue d’offrir un programme spécialisé en transport. Le Comité des bourses déterminera si le programme d’études choisi par le candidat est admissible. Les domaines d’études incluent notamment l’administration, l’ingénierie, les sciences économiques, la géographie, le droit, la planification ou tout autre domaine relié.

En particulier, afin d’être admissible à recevoir une bourse de Transports Canada, le champ de recherche du candidat doit faire partie de l’un des trois domaines suivants: Économie, efficacité et compétitivité en transport; Sécurité et sûreté en transport; et Transport durable. Les candidatssont invités à prendre connaissance des détails du programme de Transports Canada au bas de la page web ( .

Les boursiers auront l’occasion de présenter leurs recherches lors d’un événement du GRTC (soit par webinaire ou lors de la conférence annuelle).

Les boursiers se verront offrir une inscription gratuite au congrès annuel du GRTC qui suivra l’attribution de leur bourse. (Par exemple : un lauréat de la bourse 2024-2025 recevra une inscription gratuite à la conférence annuelle 2025.)

Date limite de soumission des demandes: Ce concours est terminé

Annonce des récipiendaires des bourses: Conférence annuelle du GRTC 2024

Admissibilité: Étudiant diplômé à temps plein dans une université canadienne accréditée

Critères : les bourses sont attribuées par un comité de sélection sur la base des résultats académiques, de l’expérience pertinente de travail, de l’emphase mise sur les transports à l’intérieur du programme d’études, des objectifs de carrière, et de lettres de recommandation.

Exigences pour la soumission des demandes: le candidat doit s’assurer de remplir toutes les conditions requises.

Faire parvenir la demande par un courriel unique à en mentionnant Bourses du GRTC comme objet du message. Joindre les informations requises en combinant les trois éléments suivants dans un seul fichier PDF nommé «Nom_de_famille_Application »:

1. Une lettre de présentation comprenant le nom, l’adresse postale, le numéro de téléphone et l’adresse électronique; le programme d’études et l’établissement, ainsi que l’année en cours dans le programme et l’année prévue pour l’obtention du diplôme; le nom et l’adresse électronique du superviseur de la faculté.

2. Les relevés de notes officiels, qui comportent le cachet et/ou le sceau de l’université et la signature du registraire. Les relevés de notes internationaux peuvent être soumis s’ils sont signés/estampillés comme « officiels » par l’université canadienne fréquentée par le candidat. Ne soumettez pas de relevés de notes non officiels.

3. Un résumé de 300 mots décrivant le projet de recherche ou le domaine d’étude du diplômé.


Références: Deux lettresde recommandationsont requises. Ne pas en soumettre plus de deux. Les lettres de recommandation doivent être des évaluations confidentielles des capacités intellectuelles et des antécédents du candidat, de ses capacités et de ses antécédents en matière de recherche, de ses habitudes de travail, de son engagement envers sa carrière, de ses qualités de leadership et de tout autre attribut personnel indiquant que le candidat mérite de recevoir une bourse. Veuillez demander aux personnes fournissant ces lettres de recommandation de les transmettre par courriel à avant le 31 janvier 2024.

Une fois qu’un étudiant a été désigné pour recevoir une bourse, les conditions d’admissibilité, y compris la preuve d’une inscription à temps plein, doivent être remplies avant que la bourse puisse être confirmée.

Parrainage par Transports Canada

À considérer pour une bourse parrainée par Transports Canada, la recherche ou l’étude du requérant devant porter sur l’un des trois secteurs suivants.

 Économie, efficacité et compétitivité en transport

  • La concurrence et l’utilisation des forces du marché au sein des divers modes de transport et entre eux comme principaux facteurs en jeu dans la prestation de services de transport viables et efficaces;
  • L’utilisation appropriée de la réglementation et l’intervention publique stratégique pour obtenir des résultats efficaces sur le plan économique ou social, qu’il n’est pas possible d’obtenir de manière satisfaisante par le biais de la concurrence et des forces du marché, sans pour autant favoriser indûment un mode de transport donné ou en réduire ses avantages inhérents;
  • Le taux et la conjoncture économique qui ne constituent pas un obstacle abusif au mouvement du trafic à l’intérieur du Canada ou à l’exportation des marchandises du Canada;
  • Des solutions faisant appel à la collaboration des secteurs public et privé pour le maintien d’un système de transport intégré;
  • L’intégration de connexions physiques et électroniques entre les systèmes modaux pour réduire le temps et les coûts liés à la logistique;
  • L’amélioration de l’efficacité des modes et de la disponibilité des services intermodaux à l’appui des portes et des corridors commerciaux ainsi que de l’ensemble des chaînes d’approvisionnement du Canada;
  • L’amélioration de l’efficacité aux grandes portes de commerce, y compris les ports, les aéroports et les passages frontaliers;
  • L’amélioration des liaisons interurbaines et du navettage en vue de faciliter le déplacement fluide du public;
  • L’amélioration des connaissances des expéditeurs, des voyageurs et des navetteurs quant au choix de modes de transport;
  • Des pratiques commerciales novatrices pour améliorer l’efficacité, la productivité et la compétitivité dans le secteur des transports.

Sécurité et sûreté en transport

  • L’utilisation appropriée de la réglementation et l’intervention publique stratégique pour garantir la sécurité et la sûreté, qu’il n’est pas possible de garantir de manière satisfaisante par le biais de la concurrence et des forces du marché, sans pour autant favoriser indûment un mode de transport donné ou en réduire ses avantages inhérents;
  • L’augmentation de la sécurité et de la sûreté d’un réseau de transport accessible sans obstacle abusif au mouvement des personnes, y compris les personnes ayant une déficience;
  • Les nouvelles technologies et un meilleur emploi des technologies actuelles de sécurité et de sûreté dans le secteur des transports;
  • L’innovation dans le domaine de la recherche et du développement (R et D), les pratiques opérationnelles, les politiques, les approches réglementaires et le perfectionnement des compétences et des capacités liées à la sécurité et la sûreté des transports;
  • La réduction des retards et des coûts associés à l’augmentation des mesures de sûreté en faisant progresser les nouvelles technologies;
  • Une approche intégrée de la sécurité et de la sûreté dans les modes de transport;
  • La compréhension des facteurs humains dans les accidents;
  • L’évaluation de la sécurité ou la sûreté du système de transport.

 Transport durable

  • L’utilisation appropriée de la réglementation et l’intervention publique stratégique pour obtenir des résultats efficaces sur le plan environnemental ou social, qu’il n’est pas possible d’obtenir de manière satisfaisante par le biais de la concurrence et des forces du marché, sans pour autant favoriser indûment un mode de transport donné ou en réduire ses avantages inhérents;
  • Des solutions novatrices dans le secteur des transports pour assurer un environnement durable à travers les déplacements de marchandises et de passagers;
  • L’amélioration des connaissances de la gestion de la demande en transport en vue d’un environnement durable;
  • La gestion ou la réduction de la congestion dans les zones urbaines;
Scholarship Recipients

2023-2024 Scholarship Recipients

CTRF wishes to thank the sponsors of the current scholarship program, without whom these awards would not be possible.

Thank you.

Transport Canada

Abdelmoneim El Naggar – Western University
Kashfia Nokshi – Dalhousie University
Hasan Shahrier – Dalhousie University
Elahe Sherafat – Toronto Metropolitan University

Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Abdelmoneim El Naggar
University of Western Ontario

Many regions around the world are experiencing rapid population growth at alarming rates, placing significant burdens on existing infrastructure. Indeed, by 2050, the number of people living in urban areas will reach about 2.5 billion (United Nations World Urbanization Prospects, 2018). The only viable solution to the resulting increased demand on the existing transportation systems and public services is underground transportation systems. Tunnelling induces settlement troughs that may result in severe or irreparable damage to nearby infrastructure, usually in heavily populated and urbanized areas. By considering the effect of tunnelling on existing infrastructure, researchers and engineers can develop methods to reduce the carbon footprint and negative impact of underground transportation systems on the environment and human health. Indeed, the link between developing means of reducing the impact of transportation on human health and the environment and the effect of tunnelling on existing infrastructure lies in the concept of sustainability.

My research project specializes in understanding and assessing the impact of such transportation systems and developing green sustainable capacity upgrade systems to help mitigate any effects on the surrounding environment. Effective anticipation of tunnelling effects limits the possibility of design oversight or damage, thereby resulting in a substantial reduction in restoration and maintenance efforts. Likewise, this research aims at laying out the foundation of design guidelines for design codes to improve tunnel design and assessment to ensure the safety of the occupants.

By minimizing the impact of tunnelling on existing infrastructure, engineers can ensure that underground transportation systems are sustainable and efficient, contributing to the overall goal of reducing the impact of transportation on human health and the environment, which would result in the development of a sustainable transportation system that minimizes negative effects and promotes overall well-being.

Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Kashfia Nokshi
Dalhousie University

Integrating Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) Framework with Emission Models to Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Urbanization, population growth, as well as the rapid evolution of transportation networks require dynamic planning and operations. A wide range of models is essential to develop the transportation environment and its effects on society. The current models use aggregated and clustered data to satisfy data limitations and computational constraints. On this increasing transport demand, only disaggregated model at the street level can meet the efficiency for policy analysis. The dynamic behavior of individual vehicles along with the user can be simulated by using microsimulation for transportation and land use modeling practices. Though simulation-based Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) models have received a lot of attention in recent years, their applications, particularly for large-scale networks, remain difficult and thus, scarce. Additionally, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector is a crucial step in safeguarding a sustainable environment.

My research focuses on the traveling effects on the transportation network and the reduction of environmental pollution caused by the transportation system of Canada specially Nova Scotia. The objectives of this study are to develop a dynamic traffic assignment along with emission modeling. And to utilize the output to run different policy recommendations based on the simulations.

Two agent-based software namely, TASHA and MATSim are used for dynamic traffic assignment framework as well as emission modeling. TASHA works on the classical travel demand forecast modeling. It is a microsimulation model and needs the transportation survey to improve the conventional four-step forecast models. At the same time, MATSim is designed to handle large networks. Then the output generated by the TASHA and MATSim models is utilized to calculate emissions on the network.

The framework will help Nova Scotia with Canada’s most challenging greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2030. Gradually it can help to achieve net zero by 2050. The country is shifting its fuel consumption to clean energy sources for reducing its carbon footprint. This study’s main target is a database and outputs that are more useful and realistic for implementing any strategy. This dynamic research will concentrate not only on emission reduction but also on the recommendation of new policies for a better future.

Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Hasan Shahrier
Dalhousie University

The transportation sector, a pioneer of modern civilization, plays a significant role in creating pollution. According to a report from the World Bank, the transportation industry accounts for over 64% of worldwide oil consumption and 23% of energy-related CO2 emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles that use an internal combustion engine (ICE) with electric vehicles (EV) is one method to reduce CO2 emissions from the transportation industry.

This research will conceptualize an integrated transport and energy modeling (ITEM) system that includes different scenarios of EV adoption and charging strategies to estimate finer-grained emissions. It also comprises the calibration and validation of ITEM system using the 2022 Halifax Travel Activity (HaliTRAC) survey data to prove its credibility while capturing the behavioral change and decision-making process of potential EV adopters. The major objectives of this research are, 1) develop micro models to explore the rate of EV adoption, and potential charging locations, following a random utility-based econometric modeling approach; 2) extend the agent-based microsimulation modeling structure developed in C#.NET programming language to simulate the travel related attributes longitudinally (year by year) for EV users, and 3) calculate GHG emissions for different scenarios of EV by considering both the Equilibre Multimodal Equilibrium (EMME/4) platform and Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) software.

This research incorporates individual’s emerging mobility behavior within the traditional activity-based travel demand modeling framework and provides opportunity to forecast long-term decisions, such as, purchase trends and level of charging facilities required for EVs. Moreover, the results from this research will benefit the development of local and regional policy interventions to promote the development of facilities for the EV industry. Through these interventions, government, planners, engineers, and researchers can ensure the development of equitable and robust sustainable transportation infrastructure, better accounting for a healthier environment to mitigate GHG emission.

Transport Canada Scholarship $6,000

Elahe Sherafat
Toronto Metropolitan University

Autonomous Robots and Human Interaction in Shared Urban Areas, Pose Prediction

The advances in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are laying the groundwork for putting the concept of a smart city into practice. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) and robots (ARs) are essential components of smart cities. In recent decades, numerous research targeted AVs and their interaction with pedestrians and cyclists.

In contrast, despite the benefits of deployment of autonomous robots for delivery purposes in urban areas, including responding to the increased e-commerce and online shopping, reducing congestion and cost of delivery, and being environmentally friendly, few papers aimed at investigating their interaction with humans.

Despite the aforementioned advantages and the existence of various companies offering Autonomous delivery robots, their widespread usage remained in the pilot stage in most areas. The reason for that is the challenges and safety hazards that ARs could bring for pedestrians, especially for people with disabilities, visual impairment, children and elderly people and being distracted. In my thesis, we aim at human and robot interaction in the interest of safe, foresighted and socially acceptable path planning of robots in urban spaces shared with pedestrians. To achieve this goal, the robot must comprehend the human’s movement, behaviour, intention and future path. The first step for that would be human pose estimation and prediction. That means understanding of current and predicting the future joint locations of each pedestrian.

Initially, we deployed a SLAM-based dataset for the multi-person human pose estimation in the presence of a Segway robot using YOLOv7, a vision-deep neural network. The network demonstrated high performance in dealing with crowded indoor and outdoor scenarios. The next step would be deploying the memory neural networks to predict the future pose of humans using sequences of human poses obtained from the YOLOv7.

Besides, we plan to collect an enriched dataset for human-robot interaction using 1)deploying Visual Immersive Reality technology available in LiTrans, and 2)walking our own robots in Toronto Metropolitan University campus areas.

I would believe this research will result in an accurate prediction of the human pose while interacting with ARs, fills the gap that existed in the previous studies and eases further behavioural analysis of human and robot interaction. This, in turn, enables the widespread deployment of ARs in urban areas.