Reading Time: 11 minutes

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 Iwon 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: January 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 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.

Why yes, yes you can!


* indicates required

Optional lists to subscribe to:

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.

Global Center on Adaptation – Young Leaders Program

1-Week Women’s Hostile Environment Journalism Training

Age: N/A

Deadline: January 18, 2020

Description: The Global Center on Adaptation actively supports students and young professionals to become leaders in climate change adaptation.

The internship takes place in the Netherlands at the premises of the Global Center on Adaptation, in Rotterdam and/or in Groningen. During the Program, Young Leaders work independently and with a team of experts on different assignments in an international and diverse environment.

Click here to apply.

Stars4Media Exchange Program for Media Professionals

1-Week Women’s Hostile Environment Journalism Training

Age: N/A

Deadline: January 20, 2020

Description: Stars4Media is an exchange and training program for young media professionals (“rising stars”), between cooperating media organizations, to accelerate media innovation and cross-border coverage in Europe.

As such, participants of this project will be young professionals (“rising stars”) with 2-10 years of media experience, coming from different fields (journalists, data journalists, graphic designers, tech developers, and managers for social media, products, marketing). This cuts across functional “silos” hindering new ideas and speeds up media professionals’ careers.

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.

World Bank Summer Internship Program

Summer Internship in Washington D.C.

Age: Graduate students

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Description: The World Bank (WB) Internship Program offers highly motivated individuals an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the WB in international development.

The WB Internship Program typically seeks candidates for: Operations (Front Line) in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, engineering, urban planning, natural resources management, private sector development, and other related fields; or Corporate support (Accounting, Communications, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Treasury, and other corporate services).

The WB pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance toward travel expenses up to USD 3,000 at the discretion of the manager.

Click here to apply.

Youth Global Peace Summit Malaysia 2020

4-Day Youth Global Summit in Malaysia

Age: 16 to 35

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Description: The duration of the international peace summit in Malaysia is 4 days, from 26th February to 29th February 2020. The aim of the international conference in Malaysia is to connect inspiring young people, to develop their skills in the sphere of peace education, to help them exchange ideas and share projects, while networking with like-minded individuals and world leaders.

The Global Peace Chain is offering fully funded scholarships and partial scholarships. Students and professionals from all over the world can apply for the youth summit 2020. The fully-funded conference will cover all the costs of the selected participants’ airfare, accommodations, and program costs.

Click here to apply.

capetown writers retreatCapetown Writer’s Retreat

5-Day Funded Writer’s Retreat in Capetown

Age: N/A

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Description: Develop your book, start a new project, fine-tune your manuscript, or perfect your writing in progress.  Writers of all levels attend to generate new material, develop ideas, or shape their stories. Writers are guided through the creation process, fine-tuning and perfecting their work–from the seed of an idea to a high-quality draft. The full conference includes all conference sessions during the week. There is an optional networking soiree and group dinner each evening.

Scholarships are available. To apply, send 10 pages of your best work, double spaced, as an attachment, with your name and contact info on the first page, to:, or email us for more information. On your cover sheet, be sure to also note the conference you would like to apply for.

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.

Japan Summer Internship 2020

Paid Summer Science Internship in Kashiwa, Japan

Age: N/A

Deadline:  February 3, 2020

Description: The aim of the international paid internship program (June 1 – July 10, 2020) is to expose to world-leading research activities in the field of natural science or social science. undergraduate students The UTSIP Kashiwa will provide scholarships and accommodations to all the selected students.

Participants will also experience Japanese culture and world-leading Japanese technology through weekend events and a field trip.

Click here to apply.

NatGeo Film Contest

NatGeo Wild to Inspire Film Contest

Film Contest and Trip to Sun Valley Film Festival

Age: N/A

Deadline: February 4, 2020

Description: For this year’s National Geographic Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest, we’re asking you to create a short film that celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day. Launched in 1970, the first Earth Day spurred critical environmental conversations around some of these big problems, leading to efforts to save endangered species, regulate pesticides and harmful chemicals, and reduce single-use plastic. These efforts have become even more critical today.

Click here to apply.

CIVICUS Youth Action Lab

1-Year Co-Creation Lab for Grassroots Youth Activists

Age: 18 to 32

Deadline:  February 5, 2020

Description: The Youth Action Lab is a one-year co-creation lab for grassroots youth activists based in the global south which works to support their movements to become more resilient and sustainable in their pursuit of a more equitable world.

The Lab is an innovative, safe, active, inclusive, collective, representative and connected space, online and physical for grassroots activists, which thoughtfully considers diverse contexts and ecosystems to better resource them to flourish with their communities. The Lab will provide participants with an unrestricted microgrant of up to $2499 USD, access to in-kind support and other non-financial resources, as well as capacity strengthening in order to support more sustainable and resilient movements.

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.

2020 Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Papua New Guinea

Youth Leadership Conference

Age: 25 to 35

Deadline: February 6, 2020

Description: The seventh Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, will enhance Pacific leaders, ages 25-35, leadership skills and regional knowledge to advance the economic vibrancy and civic engagement within the region. The YPL Conference will include informational sessions, skills workshops, cultural activities, and site visits to deepen participants’ capacity to address regional issues related to YPL’s four programmatic themes/ YPL is a network of emerging indigenous leaders in the Pacific.

  • All travel, lodging, and meals will be provided to selected participants and alumni.
  • At the conclusion of the YPL Conference, all YPL alumni will be eligible to compete for small grant funding to support projects in their countries and the region. In addition, conference participants and the larger YPL community will participate in YPL LEADS throughout the month of May, a month-long event highlighting the YPL program through service-related activities in their communities.

Click here to apply.

Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists 2020

1-Week Environmental Journalism Workshop in USA

Age: N/A

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Description: The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute is accepting applications for its 22nd Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, June 7-12, 2020. 10 journalists will be awarded fellowships that include tuition, room and board, and travel support.

The Metcalf Institute Workshop provides journalists with hands-on experience and expertise from leading scientists, policymakers, and communicators who are working to project the impacts of climate change, identify adaptation measures, and investigate the most effective ways to communicate these challenges. Workshop topics are carefully selected to offer widespread relevance through local, regional, and national (U.S.) examples.

It’s a unique and intense week of learning in the field, classroom and lecture hall for journalists who rarely get the time for in-depth study.

Click here to apply.

Future News Worldwide Conference 2020 in the UK

2-Day Youth Media World Conference

Age: 18 to 25

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Description: The British Council’s Future News Worldwide 2020 will take place on July 14 – 15, 2020 at Sky’s global headquarters in London. This is a fully-funded conference in London that will cover all the expenses of the successful applicants.

The British Council Summit is an international summit for the world’s best young media makers. This year they will select the world’s most talented, motivated and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training program. Undergraduate or postgraduate student or recent graduate students from all over the world can apply for the international conference in the United Kingdom.

Click here to apply.

International Womans Media FoundationIMWF Hostile Environments and First Aid Training

1-Week Women’s Hostile Environment Journalism Training

Age: N/A

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Description: The International Women’s Media Foundation will offer a series of security training for women journalists on the political beat in the lead-up to U.S. elections, with the first course of 2020 scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 8-11, 2020.  The four-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training is designed for U.S.-based, women-identifying journalists with at least one year of full-time professional journalism experience.

A special emphasis will be placed on how to safely cover elections. Student journalists may also apply to this course with a letter of support from an editor. The course will be specifically tailored to the safety concerns of political reporters in the U.S.

The IWMF will cover all transportation and accommodation costs.

Click here to apply.

I'm tweeting this to remind myself to apply to these opportunities! You should check them out too. Click To Tweet

University of Tokyo STEM Research Internship Program 2020

6-Week STEM Student Internship in Tokyo, Japan

Age: Full-time undergraduate students

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Description: The program is open to students who are currently enrolled in the second or a later year at an accredited college or university outside of Japan, and who are majoring in a natural science or related field. The program also includes an excursion outside of Tokyo as well as a short course on the Japanese language and culture.

Full-time internship June 10 to July 21, 2020 (6 weeks) in Tokyo, Japan. Accommodations are paid for, and ~$1500 grant.

Click here to apply.

IST Austria

IST STEM Internship

2-3 month STEM internship in Austria

Age: Full-time undergraduate/Master students

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Description: IST Austria Internship is a fully paid internship and it will cover monthly scholarship and travel allowance, accommodation and arrange insurance after your arrival. There is no application fee for this internship program.  The fully-funded internship will be 2-3 months in Austria will be held between May 15 and September 15. The ISTernship 2020 is accepting applications from Undergraduate and Master’s students from all over the world.

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Neuroscience
  • Interdisciplinary Areas.

Click here to apply.

Abu Dhabi University Scholarships For International Students 2020

Undergrad/Master’s Scholarship to Study in the UAE

Age: <35

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Description: Abu Dhabi University is offering Scholarships for Undergraduate Bachelors Degree, Postgraduate Masters & Doctoral Degree to Study at Abu Dhabi University. The Duration of the UAE Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree is 4 Years, Master 2 Years & Doctoral Degree 4 Years.

All the International Students, as well as UAE Residents, are Eligible.

Click here to apply.

Government of RomaniaRomanian Government Study Abroad Scholarship

Undergrad/Master’s Scholarship to Study in Romania

Age: <35

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Description: This year the Romania Government will offer 85 scholarships in Romania to undergraduate and post-graduate students. The scholarships are awarded for 3 study cycles. The duration of the undergraduate scholarship is 3-6 years, for master’s scholarship is 1.5 to 2 years and for the doctoral scholarship is 3-4 years. The scholarships are offered to foreign citizens from countries that are not members of the European Union, for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

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.

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

Related Posts

One thought on “Packs Light Travel Opps Listing: Seek Risk, Seize Opportunity, See the World! (Last Updated: December 2019)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.