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.

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Last Updated: July 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”.

Fml, 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, and I manifest them. As a kid, I was constantly enter 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!


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: 13-24

Deadline:[DEADLINE TODAY!] 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: 18-29

Deadline: 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.

ColabNowNow

Internship for young digital creatives

Age: 18-35

Deadline: 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: 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, direction, and post-production. You need a current passport.

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.

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: 18-29

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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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.


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 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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