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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 23, 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: November 15, 2019

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 TED x Talk on how I make my own “luck” and attract opportunities.

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

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Critical Language Scholarship

8-10 Week Foreign Language Immersion Scholarship

Age: Full-time U.S. undergraduate students

Deadline: November 17, 2019

Description: Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.

Languages Offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

CLS Program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during an eight- to ten-week program and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds. CLS covers all costs (flight, tuition, accommodation, health insurance, etc.) except for any U.S. passport fees or pre/post medical exams.

Click here to apply

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Japan’s MEXT Study Abroad Scholarship 2020

Undergraduate degree Study Abroad Scholarship in Japan

Age: <34 years old

Deadline: November 19, 2019

Description: Located in southwest Japan in the city of Beppu, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)’s undergraduate program offers the opportunity to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree while studying in a unique multicultural learning environment. As an APU student, one will join a vibrant community that has a nearly one to one ratio of Japanese/domestic students to international students, who currently represent 80 countries/regions. All undergraduate programs are conducted not only in Japanese but also in English, which allows for such a diverse group to study on their campus.

Fully funded + monthly stipend. All nationalities welcome to apply.

Click here to apply

Coady Institute

Women’s Global Change Leaders Fellowship

7-week Fellowship and Leaders Program in Canada

Age: N/A

Deadline: November 22, 2019

Description: The Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program that enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in learning grounded in real-world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with other emerging women leaders from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.

Program participants benefit from the guidance and mentorship of accomplished women leaders in Canada and from around the world. The program is led by a core team of faculty in the International Centre for Women’s Leadership and supported by other Coady faculty and associates. The Global Change Leaders program provides successful candidates with a scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Successful participants are responsible for costs pertaining to acquiring a visa to enter Canada.

Must be a woman from an ODA-eligible country.

Click here to apply

World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship 2020 – Mongolia

10-Day Photography Mentorship in Mongolia

Age: 18+

Deadline: November 27, 2019

Description: The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid 10-day mentorship from Canon Master Richard I’Anson while photographing Mongolia’s Naadam Festival, the unique celebration of nomadic culture. You could be learning how to turn your passion into a profession.

This is your opportunity to showcase your photography skills and individual perspective on the world. Our goal is to give the winner of this scholarship a foot in the door of the travel photography industry, so your application should demonstrate your talent and desire to turn your passion into a profession

Click here to apply

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CedInTheCityForever Scholarship

Spring 2020 Study Abroad Scholarship $1500+

Age: Full-time undergraduate and graduate students

Deadline: November 28, 2019

Description: African-American students intending to study abroad in the Spring 2020 semester can apply for a $1500 scholarship to cover their application/study abroad fees. This scholarship is in honor of CedInTheCity, a prominent AA travel blogger.

Email for an application.

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Sony World Photography Awards

Photography Competition (London)

Age: Varies per competition

Deadline: Varying deadlines from November 29, 2019 to January 14, 2020

Description: The SONY Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work.

Now in its 13th year, the Awards consist of four competitions: Professional (for a body of work), Open (for a single image), Student (for academic institutions) and Youth (for 12-19 year-olds). Always free to enter, there is a competition and a category for everyone – from Architecture, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sport, Street Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Culture and more.

Click here to apply.

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YGC Global Solutions Summer School 2020

1-week youth leadership summit in Berlin

Age: 21+

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Description: Young people from all over the world can apply for the 2020 Young Global Changers program.  Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the Global Solutions Summer School and the Global Solutions Summit from April 17-22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Who should apply?

  1. Young researchers and academics involved in a research project that tackles issues related to the recoupling of economy, society and environmental sustainability,
  2. Young entrepreneurs and innovators involved in a social enterprise aimed at recoupling, and young business leaders aiming at changing “business as usual” from the inside,
  3. Young non-profit leaders, active as community organizers, advocacy leaders, campaigners, or implementers of social, economic or environmental change on a local, regional or global level

The fully-funded summer school in Germany will cover all the costs of the selected candidates. The full scholarship will cover travel expenses to and from Berlin, accommodation, meals, admission fees, summer school workshops.

Click here to apply.

Yenching Global Symposium

Yenching Global Symposium 2020 for Young Professionals and Graduate students

3-Day Youth Leadership Summit in China

Age: <29 years-old

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Description: The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) is an annual event that brings together people from different fields and across generations with a common interest: China. This year, the three-day event will comprise engaging speakers and interactive events on the topic of Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions.

Delegates selected to attend the Yenching Global Symposium from March 27-29, 2020 will receive fully-funded travel, accommodation, and meals in Beijing for the duration of the conference.

Click here to apply.


Wowcher #DreamJob Travel Ambassador Job

Social Media Travel Ambassador Job

Age: 18+ years old

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Description: Travel to the far corners of the world, all the while creating unique content for Wowcher chronicling your adventures across YouTube, blogs and social media. We are looking to you to demonstrate just how incredible a Wowcher Travel offer can be, and just what an amazing time can be had from one of our many globe-trotting deals.

Quite simply, we want you to have the adventure of a lifetime on us and create something wonderful together; time to take flight! Pay is £25,000 per year.

  • Travelling – 40 destinations contained in our famous Mystery Holiday – Including Las Vegas, New York, Bali, Thailand, Disneyland, Dubai, Venice, Iceland and many more. Visit the historical points of interest in each location
  • Photography – capture your experience and places of interest on camera
  • Vlog/Blog – create regular unique content based on your travels.
  • Social Media – managing social accounts to keep people updated on your experiences and travel.

Click here to apply.


Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad

10-Month High School Study Abroad Experience in a Muslim Country

Age: 15 to 18.5 years old

Deadline: December 3, 2019

Description: The YES Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture first-hand. Participants spend an academic year attending a high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations. A network of support through partner international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience.

Participants serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. If you have a passion for learning about other cultures, this program may be for you!

Approximately 65 American students participate in YES Abroad each year. Upon their return to the United States, the students apply their leadership skills and share knowledge about their host countries through community engagement.

Click here to apply.

Congress-Bundestag High School Scholarship to Germany

10-Month High School Study Abroad Experience in Germany

Age: 15 to 18.5 years old

Deadline: December 3, 2019

Description: Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school. Connect to an elite network of U.S. Department of State program alumni.

You will learn the German language through immersion in the culture at school and at home. When you return after approximately 10 months abroad, you will have a greater sense of independence, empowerment, and global citizenry!

Click here to apply.

Russia Experience Program 2020 Scholarship

1-Week Cultural, Historical and Social Experience of Russia

Age: 15 to 35

Deadline: December 10, 2019

Description: We invite you for the trip to Moscow where you will be offered a journey to a rich cultural and historical background of Russia. The program will take place on February 9 – 14 2020. You will learn about Russian culture via lectures and sightseeing. You will visit prominent Russian tourist sites such as the Kremlin, Moscow City Hall, and Red Square. The accommodation during the event will be provided in a unique location – a modern comfortable training center. Participants will sleep and have sessions at the same building! The training center is located in the south of Moscow (so-called New Moscow area). For selected member of AYFN there is a scholarship – Up to $600 for international flight, food, accommodation, local transport, all activities, and admin costs. If you need a visa – we will send you a visa invitation.

Click here to apply.

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Greifswald International Students Festival (GrIStuF) 2020

7-Day International Student’s Festival

Age: 18+

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Description: During the 9-day programme, intercultural dialogue, group work and input lectures and other events shall motivate the participants to discuss the topic of the conference from various perspectives in different workshops. The summit will be June 5th-13th, 2020 under the motto From Ego to Echo – creating ideas for collective change”, during which, they want to discuss the importance of activism and assess the impact each of us has on the global society.

All citizenships eligible. Must pay for your own international flight. Applicants unable to afford the travel cost, there is a possibility to apply for a scholarship, more info can be found on the website.

Click here to apply.

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American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship

Tuition & accommodations for an international student (non-U.S.)

Age: Soon-to-be college freshman for Fall 2020

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Description: The AU EGL scholarship covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room, and board) for one international student who will need a visa (preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa) to study in the United States. It can be renewed for 4 years.

Applicant must:

  • NOT be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or dual citizen of the U.S. and another country.
  • NOT have enrolled in or have already begun any post-secondary studies at another university in your home country or the United States.
  • Have graduated secondary-school later than 2018.

Click here to apply.

Russian Government Scholarship

Fully-Funded Master’s Degree in Russia

Age: Must have a Bachelor’s degree

Deadline: December 18, 2019

Description: The competition winners will be able to enroll in the Master’s programme using a single-window system, choosing any of 500 Russian universities, including 21 leading universities-participants of the 5-100 Project. More than 300+ scholarships will be awarded!

The area of science you would like to specialize in must be in: Biology, Computer & Data Science, Mathematics & Artificial Intelligence, Business & Management, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Physics, Linguistics & Modern Languages, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering & Technology. All nationalities welcome to apply.

Click here to apply.

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Youth Eyes On The Silk Road Youth Photography Contest

Tuition & accommodations for an international student (non-U.S.)

Age: 14 to 25 years old

Deadline: January 6, 2019

Description: The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an opportunity for young people living or traveling within these regions to share their perceptions and further their understanding of the common cultural heritage and pluralistic identities emerging from the interactions and exchanges taking place along the Silk Roads.

The contest encourages the use of photography to extend these cultural interactions and encounters in the contemporary world, to foster mutual understanding and promote peace amongst the diverse populations encompassed by the Silk Roads. The contest is divided into two age categories: 14-17 year olds, and 18-25 year olds.

Participants are invited to submit photographs that best encapsulate the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through one or more of the three themes: Gastronomy and Food Production, Traditional Sports and Games, and Music and Dance.

Click here to apply.

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Foreign Service Technical Specialist

Support worldwide U.S. technical security programs

Age: 21+

Deadline: January 14, 2019

Description: Security Technical Specialists provide support and assist in worldwide technical security programs which provide protection for U.S. Department of State facilities and personnel from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and crime. Their work is incredibly varied – managing projects and people, supporting dignitary travel, exploring the use of new technology, and installing, maintaining, and repairing a vast array of complex technical security equipment.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

Click here to apply.

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Hansen Leadership Program San Diego USA 2020

Hansen Leadership Institute 2020

3-week Leadership, International Relations Program in San Diego

Age: undergrad and grad students, 20-25

Deadline: January 15, 2020 (U.S. citizens), March 15, 2020 (non-U.S. citizens)

Description: For three weeks in July 2020, twenty-five young women and men from regions of conflict and the United States come together on the campus of the University of San Diego for this life-changing program. They join a family of Hansen Alumni who continues to remain in close contact through a variety of media and social networking sites.

The program includes classroom and hands-on instruction outside the classroom in the latest techniques of conflict resolution, mediation, and intercultural dialogue and management. Classroom training complements local excursions to San Diego historical attractions and cultural events, including but not limited to Balboa Park, Sea World, a Fourth of July parade, harbor cruise and a visit to the US-Mexico border.

The Hansen Summer leadership program is fully funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation: International Airfare, Room and Board, and all Programmatic Costs.

Click here to apply.

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Up to $11,000 Grants for Research

Age: PhD/Doctorate Candidates or holders

Deadline: January 23, 2020

Description: The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars.

Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. 

Click here to apply.

Holland Scholarship

Scholarship to study in Holland

Age: Full-time bachelor’s or Master’s students

Deadline: February 1, 2020; May 1, 2020

Description: This 5,000€ scholarship is meant for international students from outside the EEA who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.

Applicants must: Have nationality is non-EEA. Be applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s program at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions. They must meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice (you can find these on the website of the institution). And, can not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands.

Click here to apply.

Boren Scholarship

Undergraduate study abroad scholarship

Age: Full-time undergraduate students

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Description: Be awarded up to a $20,000 grant to study abroad for up to a year in a country with a critical language such as Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Senegalese, Turkish, etc. I have personally won this and lived and studied Arabic in Dubai for a year!

Click here to apply.

OCED Paid International Student Internships 2020

1-6 Month Student Internship in Paris, France

Age: Full-time undergraduate students

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Description: The famous Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Paid International Internships 2020 in Paris, France is now open for applications.

The duration of the internship in Europe is for a period between one and six months (renewable for another six months up to a total of twelve months). A monthly stipend of 700 euros per full month worked will be granted to interns by the OECD.

All nationalities welcome.

Click here to apply.

International Student Art Competition

Age: 11 to 19

Deadline: April 2020, 2020

Description: The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is excited to announce the 8th annual Science Without Borders® Challenge. The Science Without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues.

The Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

The theme for the 2020 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs.”

Click here to apply.

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International Women Scholarship 2020-2021 in USA

Funded STEM research for Women in U.S. or Canada

Age: Full-time undergraduate students

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Description: In the United States (US) Universities, the International Scholarship for Women (ISW) will be granted to the women for full-time research or study.

At recognized Canadian or U.S. institutes, both graduates, as well as postgraduate educations, are supported under this scholarship sponsored by SheBegan Women’s Magazine. The international scholarship for women (ISW) program offers sponsorship for women studying full-time graduate, undergraduate, or postdoctoral programs in the U.S.A. The full education funding grants are offered to the women of all countries other than Iran, to study in U.S. Universities and exemption for the women, those are ISW institution members.

First preference will be given to the women that prove prior dedication to the charitable or volunteering work for empowering women in their specific fields and also to the women through professional, community, or civic work. All nationalities welcome to apply except Iran.

Click here to apply.

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Booking Cares Fund for Sustainable Tourism

Grant that funds projects in Sustainable Tourism, Project Development in Amsterdam

Age: N/A

Deadline: Year-round

Description: The Booking Cares Fund supports projects that strengthen local communities, preserve and promote local culture, help disperse tourism and protect natural resources.

Projects can come from and take place all over the world, for example, representing universities, non-profits, research institutes, and governments. Those that present bold, ambitious plans to truly transform the travel industry will be invited to Amsterdam to develop their project plan with the support of and have the chance to receive funding to fuel their progress over the course of the following year.

Click here to apply.

KAUST Visiting Student Research Program

Research internship in Saudi Arabia

Age: Junior or Senior Undergrad, OR Masters STEM students

Deadline: Year-round

Description: A 3-6 month research internship, $1K monthly stipend, comped airfare, accommodations, health insurance, and activities in this research internship in Saudi Arabia. Men + women can apply. Must have a valid passport.

Click here to apply.

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Undergraduate internship

Age: 18+, Full-time undergraduate students

Deadline: Year-round

Description: The European Organization for Nuclear Research has an internship in Geneva, Switzerland. $1500 to supplement the high cost of living. Must require an internship for your degree program.

Click here to apply.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs: European Exchange Programme 2020

1-6 Month Funded Internship in Europe

Age: 18+

Deadline: Year-round

Description: Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.

The general objective of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is to facilitate exchanges of experience, learning and networking for new EU entrepreneurs by means of working with an experienced entrepreneur in another EU country.

European citizenships and OCTs only (check for specifics).

Click here to apply.

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.

A list of open once in a lifetime opportunities (for now) for young people to apply to. Most are partially or completely funded, and travel internationally. #scholarship #studyabroad #travel #researchabroad #fellowships

A list of open once in a lifetime opportunities (for now) for young people to apply to. Most are partially or completely funded, and travel internationally. #scholarship #studyabroad #travel #researchabroad #fellowships

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