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A huge thread of amazing travel opportunities in all fields, for young people! Science, international relations, education, study abroad, and more. The average application age range is 16 to 30.

As a kid, I used to spend hours looking for loose change on my dad’s office floor. I started my first business at 15. At 17 I won my first scholarship graduated high school and went on my first solo trip—two weeks in Iceland. During college, I won $69K in scholarships and studied abroad in Dubai for a year. I’ve been an opportunity junkie and application addict for as long as I can remember.

Now 24, I’m helping my fellow young people take risks and see the world too. I originally shared this thread on Twitter (follow me there for more instant notification of opportunities.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020

The list is in chronological order according to application deadline dates. Be sure to scroll to the very bottoms to see all available opportunities.

Click CTRL+F and search a specific opportunity title or keywords such as “student”, “creative”, or “climate change”.

On your phone? If you’re on iPhone click the share link button, and scroll to the right. You’ll see “Search On Page”. Here’s an article on how to text search while mobile (from iPhone or Android), or just scroll away. Again, they’re listed by application due date.

If you really feel like the opportunity is perfect for you and the deadline is only passed by 1-3 days, you can try to reach out to the organizers and plead your case. Here is an example of what I might say in an email:

Hello [insert organization],

My name is Gabby Beckford and I am a young professional living and working in Washington, D.C. I stumbled across the [insert opportunity] today and I’m deflated that the deadline has passed. I’m reaching out in hopes that an exception can be made for my delayed application. I truly believe I am a perfect candidate for [insert opportunity ] because… [insert incredible explanation as to why you are the perfect candidate and you align perfectly with the opportunity and the organization that is funding it ]. If so, I could send my application over by close of business today.

Thank you so much for your consideration, and for hosting this incredible opportunity.

Best regards,

Gabby Beckford

The worst that they can do is say no, but if they had fewer applicants than expected or you truly are a perfect fit for the opportunity, they may make an exception.

Also, you can look at the organization’s website and see if they have any other similar opportunities with applications that are open.

No matter what, if you are interested in an opportunity that has an expired deadline you should save it on your calendar and remind yourself to apply for it next year!

The simple answer is that this is what I love to do. As a child, I was constantly entering writing competitions, sweepstakes, spelling bees, any sort of competition I could possibly be a part of. During high school, I applied to well over 100 scholarships to fund my college career. After graduation, I applied for well over 100 jobs that interested me.

Doing this, I’ve won monetary prizes, won once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like my study abroad, graduated debt-free, and so much more.

I’ve always felt that if something is available, why not take your chances and apply for it? Because of this, I swear incredible opportunities just present themselves to me on a daily basis!

Check out my TEDx Talk on how I make my own “luck” and attract opportunities.

And check out see all of my posts on opportunities for more tips.

Yes, I do!

My 365Masterlist of travel opps has more than 100 different funded travel opportunities listed, spanning 34 countries and all 7 continents. It’s a database that can be sorted by due date, dollar amount, student/non-students allowed, country, and more. I promise you won’t find a more inclusive, valuable one out there, because I’ve developed it from scratch.

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pexels “Share your B-roll” Challenge

Free trip to NYC for Invitational Film Festival

Age: N/A

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Description: One lucky winner of this challenge will get a free trip to New York City to take part in the Moment Invitational Film Festival! The festival is an awesome three-day event celebrating mobile videos. It’s an amazing chance to visit NYC, meet other creatives, participate in filmmaking workshops, and attend the festival premiere.

Click here to apply.


International Youth Summit – Germany

Free trip to NYC for Invitational Film Festival

Age: 18 to 30

Deadline: March 27, 2020

Description: The fully-funded conference will be held in Munich, Germany. The Summit will take place from 14-17 October 2020, where over 1,800 young leaders from 190+ countries will gather across the city’s well-known venues, including Olympiapark, Olympiahalle, and Bavarian Parliament.

Click here to apply.


Epidemic SoundWorking From Home Movie Challenge

Make a Movie Trailer in Your Living Room for $500!

Age: N/A

Deadline: March 29, 2020

Description: Starting TODAY (March 25, 2020, Wednesday), we want to challenge your creative minds to come up with out-of-the-box content straight from your living rooms.

Here are the rules:

  • Your video must be under 1 minute
  • Film at home! #stayathome #socialdistancing
  • Aspect ratio must be 4 x 5
  • You must be the sole rights owner of the video content
  • You must use Epidemic music and SFX!*
  • Submit via Typeform (link below)
  • The winners will be chosen by a team at Epidemic based on originality and creativity
  • And most importantly: Don’t forget to double-check if your link grants us access! If we cannot access your file, we might not be able to consider your work in the evaluation process.

All citizenships welcome. Win $500 USD and a yearly Epidemic Sound subscription. 

Click here to apply.


European Forum Alpbach

1-Week Youth Interdisciplinary Program in Austria

Age: <30

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: The Alpbach Scholarship Programme 2020 is now open for application. Alpbach connects international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people. Its goal is to create a dialogue across the generational, ideological and other lines that divide us. Nowhere else can you go on a sunrise hike with Nobel laureates in the morning and discuss your ideas with fellow scholarship holders from almost 100 nations in the afternoon.

Click here to apply.


SafaraFace of Safara – Travel Brand Position

1-Year Travel Adventure as Face of Travel Start-Up

Age: 18+

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: We’re on the hunt for someone to be the face of Safara. Someone with a massive sense of adventure, a big personality, and insane content skills. Someone who is ready to seek out the best places to stay, share the journey, and get paid superbly. You’re a passionate or aspiring traveler with a superstar personality and the chops to be a masterful content creator. You’re as captivating in front of the camera as you are skilled behind it. You might be a photographer, videographer, digital creative, or a writer. Maybe you’re just next-level with an iPhone, Instagram filters, and killer captions.

1-Year contract of full-time travel. Annual Salary: $150,000 Estimated travel value: $350,000 Post on social media to apply.

Click here to apply.


Vincero Watches 5K ChallengeChase Your Legacy Challenge 

$5,000 Grants to Pursue Your Wildest Dreams

Age: 18+

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: Are you a Creative, Storyteller, Philanthropist, Competitor, or Explorer? What do you want your legacy to be, and what are you willing to do to make it happen? That’s the story we want to tell, and we’re going to give you $5,000 to make it a reality.

Create a video. Remember to keep it concise (1 to 2 minutes) and make sure to include what your dream is, why you want to do it, and what you would do with the money to make it happen.

We’re looking for someone who’s ready to get out of their comfort zone and do something great. Submissions can be as creative or as simple as you want; we’re looking for passion, not perfection. We just want to hear about what you’re striving to achieve and WHY.

Click here to apply.


Gabr Fellowship

Egypt/American Cultural Exchange Program

Age: 24 to 35

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: The Gabr Fellowship, for young emerging leaders from the East and the West to join forces to develop and implement projects addressing critical issues in their countries.

The Fellows spend 10 days in Egypt, followed by 10 days in the United States, building enduring connections through rigorous discussions, cultural site visits, networking events, hands-on activities, and at the conclusion, their collaborative action projects.

Click here to apply.


Naja logoNative American Journalist Fellowship

Student Journalism Immersion in Arizona

Age: Full-Time Students

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: Fellows will participate in an on-site immersion newsroom during the 2020 National Native Media Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and also receive personalized hands-on multimedia training, mentorship and networking opportunities. American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations college students pursuing media degrees can apply for this program.

Click here to apply.


#GoPro #HomePro Challenge

Creative Home Photo or Video Challenge

Age: N/A

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Description: Many of us are stuck at home, but fear not. We are all creative beings, capable of making the most of any situation. To celebrate our homebound selves, GoPro is launching the #HomePro Challenge. We want to see what creative radness, inventiveness or … err … weirdness you are getting up to at home.

Every day, from March 23 through April 30, we will pick 5 of our favorite content submissions and award the creator their choice of a HERO8 Black or MAX camera + 5 years of GoPro PLUS, free!

No GoPro? No problem. This contest is open to footage from any camera, including your phone.

Click here to apply.


NPR TinyDesk Contest

TinyDesk Performance and USA Tour

Age: 18+

Deadline: April 27, 2020

Description: Want to play a Tiny Desk concert? NPR Music wants to hear from you. For the sixth year in a row, we’re inviting unsigned musicians to enter the Tiny Desk Contest.

Enter by submitting a YouTube video of you performing an original song and you could perform at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Winner will also tour the U.S. with NPR, supported by State Farm.

Click here to apply.


DIWC logoDIWC Summer 2020 Study Abroad Scholarship 

WOC Study Abroad Scholarship for Summer 2020

Age: Students

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Description: This scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. The Diverse International Women of Color will award (6) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a Summer 2020 Study Abroad Program

Click here to apply.


Journey: Journalism Bootcamp

10-Day Summer Journalism Course in Prague

Age: Full-time students

Deadline: May 4, 2020

Description: The program is aimed at giving aspiring journalists real-world training that will help them pursue successful careers. The course is a mix of lectures and exercises where students will learn by doing under the supervision of journalists from leading international news organizations. We have hosted lecturers from the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, the New York Times, ProPublica, Reuters, Storyful, Mashable.com and the Wall Street Journal. Our lecturers have included several Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Seymour Hersh, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber.

Students accepted into the program will receive a full scholarship covering the costs associated with their participation in the program. The scholarship covers room and board, travel costs, visa-related expenses and study materials.

Click here to apply.


TInggly BloggerTinggly Blogger Accommodation

Free Stay for Bloggers/Creatives in Lithuania

Age: N/A

Deadline: N/A

Description: It’s a space where bloggers can stay while visiting our beautiful country, Lithuania. The loft is FREE of charge, but that’s not all. We make sure that people have the best time while staying here – someone from our team is showing around, we provide the opportunity to do some cool experiences and so much more.

Please note, that you are more than welcome to take your partner/colleague/friend along with you.

Click here to apply.


Didn’t find any that you qualify for? Want even more opps? Want to be able to sort them by things like due date, age limits, or citizenship requirements?

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Share this with your friends and family so our young generation can take advantage of these opportunities. Please comment if you have any more we should know of.

And don’t forget to join the Young Travel Network Facebook group, a community for young people with aspirations to see the world. Also, follow me on Instagram for more opportunities and tips for young travel.

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8 thoughts on “Funded Travel Opportunities & Competitions: Public Listing (Updated Mar 2020)

  1. Manreet

    Through this amazing blog, I’ve won a FREE trip to Egypt last year! In addition to that, I’ve recently won a seat to the Global Peace Summit in MALAYSIA! I can’t thank you enough for putting together this list with such great (and legit) opportunities for young people everywhere. I’ve gotten the chance to interview for programs in Russia, Italy, and Ireland based on this amazing list of opportunities as well! This blog has been a gamechanger for me and something that I’ve been screaming from the rooftops to all of my friends and family about! Thank you so so so much for all of the time and energy you put into not only this list, but the rest of your content as well. The ‘abundance mindset’ is truly contagious when following Gabby’s blog and social media accounts! Thank you again and cheers to more FREE travel opps for everyone!

  2. Manreet

    Through this amazing blog, I’ve won a FREE trip to Egypt last year! In addition to that, I’ve recently won a seat to the Global Peace Summit in MALAYSIA! I can’t thank you enough for putting together this list with such great (and legit) opportunities for young people everywhere. I’ve gotten the chance to interview for programs in Russia, Italy, and Ireland based on this amazing list of opportunities as well! This blog has been a gamechanger for me and something that I’ve been screaming from the rooftops to all of my friends and family about!

    Thank you so so so much for all of the time and energy you put into not only this list, but the rest of your content as well. The ‘abundance mindset’ is truly contagious when following Gabby’s blog and social media accounts! Thank you again and cheers to more FREE travel opps for everyone!

  3. Ope

    Hey Gabby, I won the Airbnb 100 cooks scholarship to Italy ($6,000 fully-funded experience to develop culinary and entrepreneurial skills) that you posted!!! Thanks for finding all these resources Gabby! Looking forward to Italy for free this summer

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