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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: May 19, 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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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Wildlife Photography Contest (Prize: Trip for 2 to Kenya)

Age: N/A

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Description: Firstly, it exists to recognize great photography.  Secondly, and really should be first as well, we are trying to raise the issue of conservation through a humorous, upbeat, and positive association with these animals.  The simple idea behind it all is that we strongly believe humor and positivity have a major role to play in building awareness, interest, and eventually action towards protecting the animals that live on this planet. 

  • The overall winner will receive a wonderful hand made metal trophy as the Winner from the Wonder Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Win 1-week safari in Kenya for two people with Alex Walker’s Serian.
  • Also be the winner of a Z6 Nikon and a NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens courtesy of Nikon.
  • Category winners will receive an official certificate. The Comedy Wildlife Portfolio Category Winner prize is a wonderful Portfolio Series website from Amazing Internet for one year. Portfolio Series was created specifically for photographers so this is an ideal opportunity to show off and sell your amazing photos!

Click here to apply.


2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship Program

Fully-Funded Peace and Professional Development Fellowship

Age: N/A

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Description: The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict by offering academic training, field experience, and professional networking.

Up to 130 active Rotary fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world.

Click here to apply.


Big Picture Emerging Photographer Grant

SDG Photography Contest

Age: 18 to 25

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Description: What ideas do you want to convey around the themes of conservation, biodiversity and sustainability of the natural world? Our goal is to encourage young photographers (aged 18–25) with fresh approaches to this topic to present their perspectives in photographs and media.

  • Applications accepted March 15 – May 31, 2020 (includes a portfolio and short description)
  • Two $2,500 grants and mentorships awarded in July 2020
  • Works produced under the grants may be displayed at the Academy in the 2021 BigPicture Natural World Photography Exhibit

Click here to apply.


Goethe-Institut Vibrant Minds Program

Social Media & Digital Storytelling Workshop for Asians and Australians

Age: <30

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Young journalists, activists, students, and recent graduates from Southeast Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand can apply for online workshops and production support. 

Goethe-Institut is organizing the program “Vibrant Minds,” which covers contemporary social media journalism with a focus on underrepresented perspectives and discourses.

The program will run from late June 2020 to January 2021. Participants will be able to establish partnerships with colleagues from Southeast Asian countries, study advanced online tools, provide content on a selected platform and more.  

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: a creative approach to the subject, technical implementation, first experiences with social media, and proficiency in English.

Click here to apply


Atlas Corp Fellowship 2021 for Social Change Leaders

12-18 month Social Change Leaders Fellowship

Age: <35

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.

Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. Participants travel will be funded and will receive a monthly stipend.

Click here to apply


Clinton Global Initiative University Student Grant

$2500 for students working on COVID-19 projects

Age: Full-time university students

Deadline: June 3, 2020

Description: The CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund will identify and support select students at universities around the world who are committed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, this fund will provide at least $100,000 in total funding to students, with each grant awarded ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

This action fund is geared towards awareness and prevention campaigns, social enterprises, infectious disease monitoring and response systems, and other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to apply.


A Letter to Myself in 2030 Contest

International Youth Essay Writing Contest

Age: 0 to 25

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Description: Imagine what an ideal world ten years from now would be like. Write a letter from yourself in 2030 to your present (2020) self, in which you describe the state of the world, the way people are living, and what you, yourself, are doing in society. In addition, include any important message that you might wish to tell your present self. Prizes varies from $900 to gift certificates.

Click here to apply.


UN Video Competition

Video Competition and Trip to Morocco

Age: <25

Deadline: June 19, 2020

Description: Filmmakers ages 25 and younger are invited to submit films on migration, diversity, and social inclusion for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. Videos must be less than 5 minutes long, include English subtitles and be produced after Dec. 31, 2018.

There are three age-based categories, the Special Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia, the Future We Want Award, and the Award #forSafeWorship. Winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco in late 2020 to attend the PLURAL+ 2020 Festival and Awards Ceremony.

Click here to apply.


McCloy Fellowships on Global Trends

Germany and U.S. Policy and Networking Conference

Age: 0 to 40 

Deadline: June 26, 2020

Description: Applicants should present a project proposal of three to five pages detailing their plans, including the background, scope of the research, and how it addresses tomorrow’s topics today, the general sources and institutions with whom they would like to consult, and the relevance for the transatlantic relationship. Proposals must address one of the following global trends: climate change and sustainability, demographics and social change, technological breakthroughs, and urbanization.

Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend, which covers transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, as well as room and board, for a minimum of 21 days. Fellows are required to work closely with the Program Director to organize a detailed day-by-day itinerary before the stipend is released. Travel must take place within one calendar year of selection.

Click here to apply.


Plan International USA’s Virtual Youth Leadership Academy

Virtual Youth Leadership Summit

Age: High-school Students

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Description: Plan International USA is hosting a virtual Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) this summer for high school age young people residing in the United States. The YLA is a four-day virtual experience in which young leaders will engage in interactive workshops on pressing global issues like climate change and gender inequality, learn from leading youth activists and influencers, and work with other aspiring youth advocates to tackle social issues on a local and global scale.

This is the perfect opportunity for current high school students to expand their leadership skills while preparing for college and beyond; LDPs can also count towards junior and senior capstone projects and service-learning credit.

Click here to apply.


One Young World SummitOne Young World Summit 2021

Youth Social Change Leadership Conference

Age: <30

Deadline: July 17, 2020

Description: The annual One Young World Summit convenes April 23-26, 2021 in Munich, Germany. The brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman and Meghan Markle, amongst many other global figures.

This scholarship is intended for 12 inspirational young leaders who share Zurich’s vision for a more sustainable world. You should apply for this scholarship if:

  • You are a young leader working in the fields of climate change, wellbeing or inclusion.
  • You have demonstrated commitment to shaping a more fair, more equal society in which everyone can succeed. 
  • Applications from every country are welcomed.

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.

Free Online Courses

Are you looking for more awesome opportunities to get into even though travel is paused at the moment? I drummed up this list of free online course options as a result of travel restrictions and quarantine notices due to COVID-19.


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.

Database with more than 100+ funded travel opportunities, leadership summits, fellowships, internships, cultural exchanges etc. for more than 50+ countries around the world. #StudyAbroad #BudgetTravel #InternationalIntership #Scholarships #Grants
Database with more than 100+ funded travel opportunities, leadership summits, fellowships, internships, cultural exchanges etc. for more than 50+ countries around the world. #StudyAbroad #BudgetTravel #InternationalIntership #Scholarships #Grants

Gabby Beckford

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10 thoughts on “Funded Travel Opportunities & Competitions: Public Listing (Updated May 2020)

  1. Eromonsele Emmanuel

    It’s pretty awesome you shared this, it’s very generous. But this current pandemic times could definitely put this trips on hold like I know someone who got selected for a California trip, courtesy Google but they cancelled. I hope this passes soon.

    I checked your Instagram, great feed!

  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. 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!

  4. 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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