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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: August 11, 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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Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific Media Grants 2021

Grants for environmental projects/reporting in the Asia-Pacific region   

Age: N/A

Deadline: August 15, 2020


In this round of media grants, we are seeking innovative ideas from journalist networks, media organizations, civil society organizations, or academic institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific that would:

  • Enhance the impact of environmental reporting on topics including, but not limited to, climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, wildlife trafficking, natural resources management, and large-scale infrastructure development & more!

This round of grants is awarded as part of the Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project, which aims to boost the quantity and quality of environmental and climate coverage in the region and empower at-risk communities by informing them about environmental issues and amplifying their voices in the media.

Grants will be given to organizations looking to implement projects with the maximum duration of one year subject to the approval of the donor. The grant amount can range between US$5,000 to US$15,000 depending on the scope of the proposed activities.

Click here to apply.

Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund Internship 

A remote journalism internship with a monthly stipend

Age: N/A

Deadline: August 19, 2020

Description: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking a remote intern to support the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) initiative, which is aimed at supporting strong, independent journalism on issues related to tropical rainforests.

The intern will support the mission of the RJF by participating in publishing, communications, and research activities, working with the RJF manager (based in D.C.) and regional coordinators (based in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The intern’s responsibilities will primarily involve the Rainforest Journalism Fund, but there will be opportunities to learn from and collaborate across Pulitzer Center teams.

Full-time interns receive a US $2,600 stipend per month. 

Click here to apply.

TED Fellowship 

A fellowship with TED that includes giving a TED talk and mentorship  

Age: 18+

Deadline: August 24, 2020

Description: TED Fellows are part of a diverse, collaborative, and global community of more than 500 emerging and established experts. If selected, you’ll have the opportunity to give a TED Talk and gain valuable feedback from TED’s expert coaches on how to hone, express, and communicate your work and ideas.

You’ll receive career coaching and mentorship from our team of professional coaches and get public relations guidance and media training. You’ll participate in virtual programming for TED Fellows and possibly be invited to attend the special TEDMonterey conference in Monterey, California (depending on how the pandemic progresses over the coming months).

Click here to apply.

International Film Festival Rotterdam 

Training Programme for Young Film Critics in the Netherlands 

Age: <30

Deadline: August 24, 2020

Description: As a trainee, you are part of the editorial team of the festival. You will have meetings with experienced film critics from different backgrounds, cover the festival for your own journalistic affiliation, and be part of IFFR’s editorial staff. Of course, you will also get to experience the full joy of being at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. With the changing media landscape in mind, this year’s programme will put special focus on candidates with mixed talents – next to excellent writing skills, experience in (or great ideas for) audiovisual, audio, or other innovative modes of journalism are appreciated.

Perks include, but not limited to:

  • Complimentary IFFR 2019 press accreditation
  • Budget hotel accommodation in Rotterdam
  • A partial refund of travel costs when traveling from outside Europe

Click here to apply.

Global Peace Summit Turkey 2020

3-Day Summit in Istanbul

Age: 16 to 30

Deadline: August 30, 2020


Global Peace Summit Turkey 2020 (GPST) is providing opportunities to extraordinary young, competent, and enthusiastic peacebuilders from 100+ countries. This summit aims to inspire youth to sharpen skills of peace education, facilitate the exchange of ideas and project sharing, and new network to form with like-minded individuals and world leaders.

This summit will provide an opportunity to students and young leaders to bring solutions and projects on “Reshaping Youth Response to UNSDGs” by participation in different peace sessions, talks, group discussions and activities with international delegates and speakers.

Global Peace Summit Turkey 2020 benefits include airfare, accommodation, visa assistance, & more!

Click here to apply.

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

An all-inclusive six-month journalism fellowship in Missouri 

Age: 25 to 35

Deadline: August 30, 2020

Description: The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships are aimed at providing fellows with experience in reporting, writing, and editing that will enhance future professional performance; transferring knowledge gained during the program to colleagues at home, and fostering ties between journalists in the United States and other countries.

Early-career professional journalists from developing countries with proficiency in English can apply for a six-month fellowship. Alfred Friendly provides fellows with basic and advanced hands-on instruction at the Missouri School of Journalism and places them in leading U.S. newsrooms.

The successful candidate will be 25-35 years old and have at least three years of experience as a journalist at a print, online, or broadcast media outlet. Participants work as staff reporters in their host newsrooms are required to develop training plans that they implement when they return to their home newsrooms. ​The ​all-inclusive ​fellowship starts in mid-March and ends in early September.

Click here to apply.

Frame Contemporary Art Finland Grants for Foreign Art Experts

Travel grants for foreign art experts to Finland

Age: N/A

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Description: Frame awards grants to promote and support Finnish visual arts in the following fields of contemporary art: fine art, photographic art, media art, art handicraft, comics art, performance art, and sound art. 

Frame awards two types of grants: a travel grant that can be applied for at any time, and a project grant that has two application periods per year. The travel grant is intended for artists, art experts, and workgroups. The project grant is intended for organizations for international exhibitions and art fairs. In addition, artists and organizations can apply for a project grant for international art publications.

Click here to apply.

 Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting 

International Youth Leadership Conference in Lithuania

Age: 24 to 35 

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Description: The 3rd VYLM will continue to focus on such issues and the most relevant topics, which need deeper expertise to understand how increasing resilience to disinformation, will be covered. This year VYLM will focus on journalism with limited recourses that create a great opportunity for young yet but promising professionals to create a perfect basis for their future career. However, this focus does not limit any other experts who may deepen their knowledge as well.

In addition to the opportunity to meet and learn from leading figures in journalism, communication, foreign affairs, and security – as well as from one another – participants will be provided with:

  • Accommodation from October 13 to October 17 (up to 4 nights) on a double-occupancy basis
  • Meals
  • Round-trip transportation (except for Lithuania-based participants)
  • Visa support, if required

Click here to apply.

My World 360

A UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Exposure Opportunity 

Age: All 

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Description: MY World 360˚ creators are using immersive storytelling to shine a spotlight on the issues most relevant to them and their communities and to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals, a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Creators of all ages, countries, and languages can bring the global community closer together by capturing actions that are making a difference in response to Covid-19, thereby sharing their vision of a post-pandemic world that meets the Sustainable Development Goals.

Use any type of media combinations—from combining pen and paper with an audio recording to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or 3D design—that create an immersive story and connect with creators in other parts of the world to harness the universal creativity and solidarity.

Click here to apply.

CERN Junior Fellowship Programme  

3-6 month fellowship in Switzerland

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Description: This Programme is aimed at graduates from universities or higher technical institutes in a wide range of applied sciences, computing, and engineering with limited or no work experience, looking to work in a research group.

Benefits include:

  • An employment contract for between 6 months (minimum) up to a maximum of 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,281 to 6,557 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child, and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Click here to apply.

USD Danish Government Scholarship

Engineering masters or cultural exchange funding for Denmark

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Description: The University of Southern Denmark offers the Danish Government Scholarship – supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science – to certain applicants in recognition of the important investment that oversea students make during their education.

The scholarship consists of two parts: full tuition fee waiver and a grant, to help cover living costs amounting to DKK 3000 per month before taxes.

Candidates from a non-EU/EEA country applying for one of the following Engineering Master’s program in Sønderborg (program start in autumn) and be eligible to pay tuition fees.

Click here to apply.

Future for Nature Awards 2021

A prestigious Award and 50,000 euros 

Age: 18 to 35

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Description: Future For Nature supports young, talented, and ambitious conservationists committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants. The commitment of these individuals is what will make the difference for the future of nature. Through their leadership, they inspire and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, investors, and the public at large.

Three winners will be selected and will be recognized during the Future For Nature Award Event at Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem.

Click here to apply.

Global Young Academy Membership 

Five-year term for researchers & travel to the Annual General Meeting 

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Description: The GYA is a global organization that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

Each GYA member is expected to attend the GYA Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organization’s programmes, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, supporting science outreach and education at the national and international levels, and the young scientist ambassador programme. The GYA is an active organization, and being a member requires a time commitment on each member’s part. In the event that applicants are selected as new GYA members, they should be available to attend the next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 16 – 21 May 2021 in Japan.

Click here to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad Spring 2021

Study Abroad funding for a Spring 2021 program 

Age: N/A

Deadline: September 16, 2020

Description: The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

FEA awards scholarships of up to $10,000 for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; up to $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by the number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer.

Click here to apply.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

Study Abroad funding for a Spring 2021 program 

Age: 18 to 29

Deadline: September 22, 2020

Description: The Schwarzman Scholars experience is anchored in a rigorous and innovative Masters of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University, one of the country’s leading universities. Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world.

The program also provides Scholars with unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentor network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars.

Expenses for Schwarzman Scholars are also fully covered by the program, including the following: tuition, fees, room, and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, in-country study tours, required course books and supplies, a Lenovo laptop, health insurance, and a personal stipend.

Click here to apply.

Wilson Center Fellowship

Fellowship for professionals & academics to work on policy projects

Age: N/A

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Description: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington.

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence.  The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.  

Click here to apply.

Association for Women in Mathematics Travel Grant 

Travel grants for women in math to attend a field related conference

Age: N/A

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Description: The Association for Women in Mathematics has administered the NSF-AWM Travel Grant Program for Women since 1988, supporting both travel to domestic or foreign research conferences and, more recently, longer-term visits with a mentor.

Travel Grants. Enabling women mathematicians to attend conferences in their fields provides them a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community. Having more women attend such meetings also increases the size of the pool from which speakers at subsequent meetings may be drawn and thus addresses the persistent problem of the absence of women speakers at some research conferences. The Mathematics Travel Grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s field of specialization.

Mentoring Travel Grants. The objective of the NSF-AWM Mathematics Mentoring Travel Grants is to help junior women to develop a long-term working and mentoring relationship with a senior mathematician. This relationship should help the junior mathematician to establish her research program and eventually receive tenure. Each grant funds travel, accommodations, and other required expenses for an untenured woman mathematician to travel to an institute or a department to do research with a specified individual for one month. The applicant’s and mentor’s research must be in a field that is supported by the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation.

Click here to apply.

 Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Virtual Startup Internship Program

A virtual internship that offers insight across the lifestyle of  three startup companies 

Age: N/A

Deadline: N/A – Self-Paced

Description: Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in a startup? Get behind the scenes of three startups at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey and see where working in this dynamic space could take you.

Designed by Sydney School of Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Sydney Startup Hub, this virtual internship gives you real-life problems and supports you as you come up with innovative solutions that could make a real difference.

This program is open to anyone and everyone interested in the startup lifecycle! It is self-paced and takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete. 

Click here to apply.


Kaust Abdullah International Paid Internship Program 2020 in Saudi Arabia

3-6 3-6 month internship in Saudi Arabia for science and engineer research

Age: N/A 

Deadline: N/A – Applications accepted year-round 


The Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP) is a unique program that offers students the chance to conduct innovative research at KAUST. With research opportunities that span the breadth of the scientific and engineering fields, driven students with an insatiable curiosity and strong academic performance can gain unparalleled opportunities to pursue their research questions under the guidance and support of KAUST faculty mentors. Get ready to contribute your ideas in an international research community.

The internship benefits include $1000 USD monthly stipend, private bedroom, visa and airfare frees, health insurance, and more!

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 an opp that you qualify for? Want even more opps in an easily searchable database, with monthly accountability calls to ensure your success?

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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 Aug 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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