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: August 15, 2019

What’s the easiest way to use this list?

  • The list is in chronological order according to application deadline dates. Be sure to scroll to the very bottoms to see all available opportunities.
  • Use CTRL+F and search keywords like “student”, “creative”, or “climate change”.

Oh no, the deadline has passed on an opportunity I wanted to apply for! Is there anything I can do?

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 iCalendar or Google Calendar and remind yourself to apply for it next year!

Where do you find all of these travel opportunities?!

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!

My World 360°

Sustainable Development Goal Exposure Opportunity

Age: 18 to 24 years old

Deadline: August 15, 2019

Description: Recognizing the experiential storytelling potential of immersive technologies like virtual reality, Digital Promise Global, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, and Oculus are inviting youth worldwide to create 360° media as a way to share their perspectives and advance positive action toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Educators/adults working with students under 18 are welcome to share their students’ media with us using the form below.

If submitting a video, please first post it to Vimeo and then provide the link below. For more about MY World 360º, see here. Submissions can be in any language.

Click here to apply.

Doha Oasis for Innovation

One-week funded Innovation summit

Age: 18 to 30 years old

Deadline: August 19, 2019

Description: The Doha Oasis for Innovation, which is an event dedicated to young people, aims at stimulating youth creativity in the fields of invention and innovation, guiding the younger generation to the path of knowledge and hard work in order to achieve aspired development and prosperity. Objectives of the summit are to developing the spirit of innovation and creativity among the youth, endorse and upgrade the Muslim youths’ innovative capacities, and enhance digital manufacturing skills.

Applicants must live in OIC member states (most African and Middle Eastern countries). The Doha Oasis for Innovation will be held between September 14th and September 20th, 2019,

Click here to apply.

TED Fellowship

Leadership Fellowship

Age: 18+

Deadline: August 27, 2019

Description: Once selected, Fellows receive transformational support. Fellows participate in professional coaching and mentoring and work with a public relations expert dedicated to sharing their latest projects with the world. TED Fellows participate in an active online network and attend regional meet-ups and retreats for an explosion of conversation and ideas. All TED Fellows also have the opportunity to apply for a Senior Fellowship and grow their leadership in the Fellows community.

Click here to apply.

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Harvard University Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program

Week-long International Program in Dubai 

Age: 18 to 24

Deadline: August 30, 2019

Description: The Program is a prestigious and a fully-funded career development opportunity in Dubai, UAE for students from across the world, who are the first member of their family—or the first generation within their family—to attend university and facing challenges of financial and social circumstances. Following a rigorous multi-stage evaluation process, exceptional students are selected from a diverse applicant pool to take part in this unique educational experience.

Applicants must be citizens of Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Must be the first member of their family—or the first generation within their family—to attend university. Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate university program or a recent graduate from a university within the last three years. Must be facing challenges of financial and social circumstances.

Click here to apply.

Young Diplomat’s Forum

Week-long International Conference 

Age: N/A

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Description: The 13th  Edition of Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is a meeting of 100 young and aspiring diplomats from over 75 countries covering every region in the world to tackle hot topics of international affairs.

The proceedings and workshops of the forum engage young diplomats with Ambassadors, MPs, MEPs, Government officials, Media and Diplomacy experts on different issues of global affairs. In addition, the Young Diplomats Forum is a cultural and entertaining experience that create international friendship amongst participants and engage with institutions in the host country and connect with the place. NOTE: Costs €999 for forum + accommodation.

Click here to apply.

Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program

Week-long International Conference 

Age: 23 to 35

Deadline: September 15, 2019

Description: The ADEL program is PCNS’s flagship youth program, held two days prior to the Atlantic Dialogues conference. Every year for 6 days (December 9-14, 2019), this program brings together 40 to 50 young leaders from around the Atlantic basin and Africa. These rising leaders have displayed leadership capabilities, and have a strong sense of commitment to social and economic issues facing their communities in particular and the world in general.

Applicants must be citizens of countries located in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, Western Europe or the Caribbean – that is, citizens of countries bordering the Atlantic Basin and on the African continent.

PCNS will cover economy class airfare to and from Morocco. In addition, local transportation, catering, and hotel accommodation, during the dates of the program and conference will be covered by the conference organizers.

Click here to apply.

The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program 2019 (in Morrocco)

One-week leadership program

Age: 23 to 35 years old

Deadline: September 17, 2019

Description: Young leaders from around the Atlantic basin and Africa, who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their fields; who want to contribute to shaping the regional and global agenda in politics, finance, business, civil society, and many other areas; who are eager to network with their peers and older; and who seek to foster and strengthen ties across the Atlantic.

The ADEL program will be held December 9-14, 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. For the 40 to 50 selected participants, PCNS will cover economy class airfare to and from Morocco. In addition, local transportation, catering, and hotel accommodation, during the dates of the program and conference will be covered by the conference organizers.

Click here to apply.

Pickering Fellowship

International Relations scholarship

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 17, 2019

Description: If you are interested in international relations and Foreign Service. The Pickering Fellowship pays up to $37,500 annually toward graduate school and guarantees assignment in the Foreign Service post-graduation.

Click here to apply.

Rangel Fellowship

International Relations scholarship

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 24, 2019

Description: If you are interested in international relations and Foreign Service. The State Department’s Rangel Fellowship pays up to $37,500 annually toward graduate school and guarantees assignment in the Foreign Service post-graduation. *Minority groups, women and those with financial need highly encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply.

Schwarzman Scholarship

Master’s study abroad, Education abroad scholarship

Age: 18 to 29 years old

Deadline: September 26, 2019

Description: Schwarzman Scholars will represent the world’s next generation of leaders — high-caliber individuals with open minds and limitless potential — a network of leaders who will serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. If you’re looking to get your Master’s degree in China, apply for the Schwarzman Scholarship!

The scholarship covers the following: to have the following: tuition fees, room, and board; travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year; an in-country study tour; required course books and supplies; health insurance; a stipend of $4,000 for personal expenses

Click here to apply.

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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Professional Fellows Program (4 weeks)

Age: 25 to 35 years old

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Description: A 4-week Fellowship program designed to empower entrepreneurs to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their own communities.

The U.S. government will cover all YLAI Professional Fellows Program costs including J-1 visa support, RT airfare, YLAI coursework and curriculum, 4-week professional placement with the host organization, limited health insurance plan, and a housing and meal stipend. Applicants must have a 2-year-old entrepreneurial venture, are not a U.S. citizen, and be from one of the applicable Carribean and countries of the America’s listed.

Click here to apply.

Stigler Center Journalists In Residence Program Scholarship

3-month Residency

Age: N/A

Deadline: October 20, 2019

Description: The Stigler Center Journalists in Residence Program provides a transformative learning experience for up-and-coming journalists from around the world, who work in all forms of media. It aims to shape the next generation of journalists.

The residency program is 12-weeks long-held in Chicago, Illinois from March 23, 2020, to June 23, 2020. This scholarship covers return airfare to Chicago, visa fees, a stipend of $12,000, world-class training in business fundamentals, certification of participation, and more. Applicants must be proficient in English. Working journalists with some years of media experience are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply.

Chevening Fellowship

Master’s study abroad, Education abroad scholarship

Age: N/A

Deadline: November 5, 2019

Description: Chevening UK Fellowships are aimed at mid-career professionals who have reached a position of influence and want to increase their knowledge, networks, and potential through tailored short courses, research, or professional placements at UK institutions. The Chevening Fellowship is a fully-funded fellowship in the UK. It will cover all the costs of the selected candidates.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of work experience in a relevant related field. Some fellowship programs have different/additional work experience requirements and you are advised to check all individual program requirements before applying.

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.

KAUST Visiting Student Research Program

Research internship

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.


Paris Accords of Science and Communication

Paid fellowship

Age: 18+

Deadline: [DEADLINE PASSED] July 10, 2019

If you write about science in any way, apply for the Paris Accords of Science Communication and received an all-expenses-paid fellowship in Paris in October. The Accords offer journalists the opportunity to interact with scientific experts and learn better ways to communicate science to the public. This four-day training program will cover issues such as the neuroscience of hate, the science of pain, social determinants of health, childhood trauma, and its lifelong impact,  and the plight of refugees and victims of human trafficking; and more. Journalists will also participate in field trips to scientific institutions.

Click here to apply.

YouTube NextUp Creator Camp

Videography internship

Age: N/A

Deadline:[DEADLINE PASSED] July 10, 2019

Description: If you are a Black or LGBTQ YouTuber with 10K – 100K subscribers and want some mentorship to get your channel to the next level, apply to attend one of YouTube’s own 5-day creator camps.

Click here to apply.

World Forum for Democracy

International conference

Age: N/A

Deadline: [DEADLINE PASSED] July 12, 2019

Description: Attend the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France this November. The questions we must address in 2019 is to what extent the information is reliable, whether this helps or hinders citizens in taking part in democratic processes, and what lessons we should learn for ensuring the free flow of information in the future. Must have a valid passport.

Click here to apply.

Living the Example National Video Contest

Travel contest

Age: 13 to 24 years old

Deadline: [DEADLINE PASSED] July 16, 2019

Description: Celebrate and empower youth to stay drug-free by providing a powerful platform to speak up and out against drugs and promote healthy living. Also, win a free trip for 2 to LA!

Click here to apply.

The UN Youth Climate Summit

Climate change, a sustainability conference

Age: 18 to 29 years old

Deadline:[DEADLINE PASSED] July 19, 2019

Description: If you’re actively engaged in climate change/sustainability, apply to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit in NYC this Fall. The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

Click here to apply.


Internship for young digital creatives

Age: 18 to 35 years old

Deadline:[DEADLINE PASSED] July 24, 2019

Description: Creatives living in Africa or UK Apply to ColabNowNow for Young Digital Creatives for more than a month of creative mentorship. Are you a daring artist or storyteller working in a digital medium and living in Africa or the UK? Are you open to collaborating with other artists/storytellers? Do you want a chance to see your collaborative work shown across Africa, the UK and extensively online? All travel, accommodations, meals, and visas are paid for, and 500GBP stipend. Apps close July 24.

Click here to apply.

World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship

Film, videography scholarship

Age: N/A

Deadline: [DEADLINE PASSED] August 6, 2019

Description: If you have aspirations of film making, apply to the Travel Film Scholarship by World Nomads, in the form of a 10-day mentorship trip in Malaysia. These experiences are custom-tailored to deliver true in-field experience, and equip budding filmmakers with sound knowledge of camera, audio, capturing a narrative, interviewing skills, direction, and post-production. You need a current passport.

Click here to apply.

Asia Europe Meeting in Spain 2019

International conference

Age: Students age 18 to 30

Deadline:[DEADLINE PASSED] August 12, 2019

Description: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe. It will take place in Madrid, Spain between 11–16 December 2019, in conjunction with the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM14). There are no participation or registration fees. No IELTS or TOEFL required with the application. Students at any level (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and from any discipline can apply for the international conference in Madrid.

Must be from an ASEM country. This is a fully-funded conference 2019 in Spain.

Click here to apply.

Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting

International leadership conference

Age: Students age 24 to 35

Deadline:[DEADLINE PASSED] August 12, 2019

Description: The fully-funded leadership program will be on October 17-19, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The three-day-long program includes meetings and discussions with renown experts who are leading the fight against disinformation (predominantly from Russia) within their countries and/or represented institutions. During the previous VYLM, experts arrived from Brussels, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States.

Applicants should:

  • Have nationality in Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
  • Be involved in professional activities and personal goals should be related to improving media, scholar and the analytical environment in their respective countries and the broader region.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the fields of journalism, communication, political science, or civil society/NGOs.
  • Even if you do not meet all of the above-mentioned criteria, your application is still welcome. Participants will be selected not only based on their competence, but huge attention will be paid to participant motivation and ability to contribute to the general aim of the Meeting. Innovative approaches and ideas are encouraged!

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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