International Competition For Instrumentalists – Young Artists of Classical Music 2014, Bulgaria

Deadline: 15 April 2014
Open to: young artists from Bulgaria and abroad
Prize: Competitors in each group who received the highest score, participate in the allocation of prizes.


The competition is open to young artists from Bulgaria and abroad. It will provide new opportunities for all participants to compete, to realize creative contacts with their peers, to interpret classical music. The competition will promote artistry of young talents will enhance communication between music educators and prominent figures of musical culture.
The competition is announced by the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and Youth House -Veliko Tarnovo


The competition is open to young artists from Bulgaria and abroad.


1. Competitors in each group who received the highest score, participate in the allocation of prizes.
2. Participants compete in groups for I, II and III prize and incentives. The prizewinner can be further awarded with a special award for instrumental performance.
3. By groups the cash equivalent of prizes is:
Group А:

  • First prize – 150 BGN
  • Second prize – 120 BGN
  • Third Prize – 80 BGN

Group B:

  • First prize – 200 BGN
  • Second prize – 150 BGN
  • Third Prize – 100 BGN

Group C:

  • First prize – 350 BGN
  • Second prize – 280 BGN
  • Third Prize – 220 BGN


1.1. Registration for the competition is done only by Application Form. Forms should be received by the Organizing Committee for all groups to April, 15th, 2014. 
1.2. Registration for the competition should be made by e-mail at: The Application forms are published on website of the competition 

2.1. Application forms must be accompanied by electronic copies of the following documents:

  • A document certifying age of the participant;
  • Artistic photo;
  • A brief biography of the participant.

2.2. Applicants will be notified of admission to the competition by email, to a specified address or phone.
2.3. The organizers committ to providing an accompanist for foreign participants in the competition, and the note material should be sent electronically (Skanner) to April, 30th, 2014.

For more information please visit the official website HERE.

Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies, Czech Republic

Deadline: 31 March 2014 (deadline at the respective nominating agencies earlier)
Open to: students, teachers, translators, interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies or individuals interested in the Czech language, literature, history and culture
Venue: July-September 2014, Czech Republic


The Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies offering Czech language courses are organized by several public universities in the Czech Republic:

  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Charles University in Prague;
  • Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies in Poděbrady of Charles University in Prague;
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Masaryk University;
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Palacký University in Olomouc;
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice;
  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň.

The courses are held during the summer months (July – September), their length ranges from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the course content determined by each Summer School.

The Summer Schools offer language courses at various levels of proficiency, seminars on the Czech literature, culture and history, free-time activities including theatrical, musical and dance performances, trips etc.


The courses are designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies. Due to their broad scope they are, however, open to anyone else who is interested in the Czech language, literature, history and culture.


For 2014, the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the Summer School courses to applicants from the following countries:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium – Flemish Community, Belgium – French Community, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Each scholarship consists of free board and lodging, coverage of course fees and free access to cultural events which are part of the course programme. Information on scholarships is available from the appropriate Czech diplomatic missions.


Scholarships can only be awarded to applicants who are nominated by the competent authorities (usually government agencies) of the aforementioned countries. Application dossiers should reach the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport by 31 March 2014; the closing dates for applications set by the respective agencies in recipient countries must be therefore inevitably earlier. Applications sent directly to the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport by individual applicants will not be processed.

Advice and further information can be provided by the Czech diplomatic missions.

For more details visit the official website HERE.

Young Package 2014: Take Away Design

Deadline: 14 March 2014
Open to: international young designers up to 30 years of age
Award: the main prize is 1,100 Euro, but there are other minor prizes


Young Package is a competition in packaging design. Since its foundation in 1996, the Young Package competition has achieved an international reputation and a distinctive position among competitions for young designers. Every year, several hundred participants from the whole world send their entries. Young Package focuses on packages made of paper. The competition was founded to invite students and creative people, and challenge them to create designs of corrugated and smooth cardboard or other paper materials widely used in packaging design.

Originally, a term “take away” was related to packaging of fast food meal. However, today it isn’t only about quick lifestyle and junk food. Every producer or seller, who wants to be up to date, offers take away too. Almost every restaurant, café or shop provide take away service of food and other things. The question of this year’s competition is: How to pack it nicely, originally and functionally at the same time?

The competition jury will mainly assess: innovativeness and creativity; package ergonomics; functionality; easy manipulation (packages should be easily open by elder people or children as well) environmental aspects; shape, and originality of the idea; constructional imaginativeness; quality presentation. Participants will submit their entries in the form of a full-scale functional model. This means that it must be a functional mock-up; if it is designed to open, it must open. The model must be of high quality, with regard to potential representational and exhibition purposes.


Competition entries will be accepted in two groups:

  1. University students and young designers of up to 30 years of age
  2. High-school students


University students and young designers of up to 30 years of age:

  • 1st prize 1,100 EUR
  • 2nd prize 370 EUR
  • 3rd prize 250 EUR

High-school students:

  • 1st prize 800 EUR
  • 2nd prize 180 EUR
  • 3rd prize 110 EUR

One of the winners will be chosen for three weeks remunerated internship in the innovation center of Model Obaly company. The rest of prize-winning will be awarded by another financial bonus or other prizes donated by the competition partners.


The Registration form available online will be closed on 14 March 2014 at 1 p.m. (Central European Time).

To register, participants use an online registration form placed on the competition website. Here, they will fill in personal data and entry description for the jury to use in the selection process. After the registration, participants will receive a registration code by e-mail. This code must be indicated both on the entry and on the envelope or package in which the work will be sent. Consequently, the works will be judged anonymously. 

Competition entries must be mailed carefully wrapped so that they arrive undamaged, i.e. in a sufficient-sized box or envelope, in which it is stabilized and secured. On the envelope or package, the participants have to indicate their registration code. Entries may either be sent by March 14, 2014 or delivered personally on the last day, i. e. March 14, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to the address CZECHDESIGN/GALLERY, Vojtěšská 3, Praha 1, Czech Republic.

For further information please visit the official website.

Global Junior Challenge Competiton 2014

Deadline: 31 July 2014
Open to: public and private institutions and organisations, individual citizens of any age, etc.
Awards: three types of awards (see below)

The Global Junior Challenge is an international competition rewarding the most innovative projects employing cutting-edge ICT technologies in the field of youth education and training. The competition, promoted by the City of Rome and organized by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale, is held every two years. The Global Junior Challenge takes place within the context of the E-learning programme launched by the European Commission at Lisbon to guarantee awareness of digital culture amongst teachers and students in schools. More precisely, the aim of the Global Junior Challenge is to encourage young generations and their teachers to use of the new technologies, exchange experiences and emulate successful initiatives.

The Global Junior Challenge is a unique opportunity for teachers and students to reflect on the significance of digital literacy, whilst exposing them with to the vast range of high quality solutions proposed by other youth from around the world. The GJC competition is open to everyone: associations, public and private institutions, cooperatives, schools, universities, companies and individuals of any age from all around the world.


The competition is open to everyone:

  • Schools and universities, both public and private, worldwide
  • Public and private institutions and organisations
  • Associations, cooperatives and other non profit organisations
  • Public and private companies
  • Research Centres
  • Individual citizens of any age

Type of project

All projects are addressed to youth up to 29 years of age:

  • Projects for users up to 10 years old
  • Projects for users up to 15 years old
  • Projects for users up to 18 years old
  • Projects for users up to 29 years old

Special Section:

  • Projects using ICT to train youth to obtain initial job placement
  • Projects promoting ICT for immigrants and refugees integration (new 2014)
  • Projects promoting ICT for environmental sustainability (new 2014)

The Global Junior Challenge rewards projects in all fields of youth education, not only those addressed at schools. There is no geographical or size limitation as the Challenge welcomes everyone: from websites created by middle school students to global projects employing cutting edge technology for online training.


The Global Junior Challenge assigns three types of awards:

  1. The main GJC Award to winning project selected from among all participants – winners receive a statue of the Etruscan wolf with Romulus and Remus, the prestigious symbol of the foundation of the City of Rome.
  2. The President of the Italian Republic Award – the three best projects on ICT-based educational innovation presented by Italian schools will receive an award offered by the President of the Italian Republic.
  3. The GJC Award for finalist projects from poor areas of the world – this award is reserved to finalist projects from the poorer areas of the world that employ ICT to promote the reduction of poverty and increase social inclusion.


Directly via the online form or by downloading the word document, completing it and sending it to:

or faxing it to: +39-06-42000442

or posting it to:
Fondazione Mondo Digitale
Via Umbria, 7
00187 – Roma – Italy

The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014.

Pulitzer Center Travel Grants for Journalists

Deadline: 14 February 2014
Open to: journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, filmmakers, staff journalists, freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S
Fellowship: $7500 travel grant


The fellowship, overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews, is designed to help media professionals outside of the United States do the kind of reporting they’ve always wanted to do and enable them to bring their work to a broader international audience. The fellowship will benefit those with limited access to other fellowships and those whose work is not routinely disseminated internationally.


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will provide a travel grant of $5000 for a reporting project on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream media. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process based on the scope of proposed work and intended outcomes. Payment of the first half of the grant is disbursed prior to travel, upon receipt of required materials, and the second half on submission of the principal work for publication/broadcast.

Before beginning the travel project the Persephone Miel Fellow will come to Washington, DC, to meet with Pulitzer Center staff and journalists and take part in a 2-day workshop on the pending project and strategies for placement and outreach. The Pulitzer Center will provide $2500 to cover travel expenses associated with the Washington workshop.


The Persephone Miel fellowships are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists as well as freelancers and media professionals outside the U.S. who are seeking to report from their home country. Women and journalists from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must beproficient in English.


Online applications include the following:

  • description of the proposed project, including distribution plan, in no more than 250 words
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs. Travel grants cover hard costs associated with the reporting; please do not include stipends for the applicants. Fixer/translator/driver fees are acceptable
  • Three samples of published work, either print or broadcast.
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information, or letters of recommendation. The latter is encouraged when letters from interested producers or editors are available.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.

The deadline is 14 February 2014.

For more information visit the official website HERE.

National Geographic Gives Grants to Young Explorers!

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: internationals aged 18-25 whose projects are generally not covered by other sources of funding
Grants: range between US $2,000 and $5,000


Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic’s existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


The Young Explorers Grants Program supports a variety of projects—and an age-range of applicants—that are generally not covered by other sources of funding. Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project.

Funding is not restricted to United States citizens—foreign nationals are invited to apply. Researchers planning work in countries abroad should make great effort to include at least one local collaborator as part of their team.


Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000 at the maximum. National Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary support—thus the program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other sources.

Grant Restrictions:

  • National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries.
  • Funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, tuition, vacations, study abroad programs, volunteer activities, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publication of research results.
  • Grant recipients are expected to provide the National Geographic Society with rights of first refusal for popular publication and other media coverage of their findings.


There are three grant programmes available:

  • Committee for Research and Exploration funds hypothesis-based scientific research. Consult the CRE website for more information on the fields of research funded.
  • The Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to conservation with potential for global application. Consult the CT website for more information on the types of projects funded.
  • The Expeditions Council funds exploration and adventure around the world. Consult the EC website for more information on the types of programs funded.

Applying for a Young Explorers Grant is a two-step process. First, you must submit a pre-application form online. If your pre-application is approved, you will be sent an email with a link and a password giving you access to our full application online. Before you submit a pre-application, there are a few things you should take into consideration:

  • The pre-application form can be completed in multiple sessions. You will be allowed to save your work and complete it at another time;
  • You will be asked to upload an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) while completing the form. Instructions will be provided;
  • Please make sure that your browser is configured to receive cookies;
  • This system works best on Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6.0 or higher.

If you have any questions about the online pre-application form, consult our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please email the question to the fund you are applying to:,, or Please remember to include Young Explorers Grant in the subject line.

The Young Explorers Grants Program accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least eight months prior to your field dates, at least six months for the Expeditions Council. If your application is approved—a decision which takes about eight weeks—the relevant grant program will send you an email with a link to the full application online. The names of three academic or professional references and a curriculum vitae are to be included with the full application.

The application forms and the official call are found HERE.

Take Part at a Global T-Shirt Design Competition !

Deadline: 26 February 2014
Open to: amateur or professional designers, illustrators, artists
Award: first prize of 500,000 Yen (approximately 3,500 Euro)


Graniph Tshirt Design Award is a global t-shirt design competition sponsored by Design Tshirt Store graniph. The competition was started in 2008 with the aim of helping talented artists exhibit their work by exhibiting it on the inescapable canvas of the Tshirt for everyone to see. Since its inception, entries from around the world have led to an international lineup of winners and it is expected this year to be no different as we scour, dig up and cheer on artists everywhere for graniph Tshirt Design Award 2014.


All entries should be original work that has not been previously published elsewhere and only flat designs such as paintings, illustrations, graphic designs, photos etc. that may be used for graniph merchandise are accepted.

Students as of the 2013 academic year are eligible for the student prize.


A total of ten prizes will be announced and awarded in the graniph Tshirt Design Award 2014 Competition — the Gold prize being 500,000 Yen (approximately US $4,800).

Here is a complete listing of the available competition prizes:

  • One Gold Prize of 500,000 Yen;
  • Three Silver Prizes of 100,000 Yen each;
  • Three Bronze Prizes of 50,000 Yen each;
  • Three Student Prize of 50,000 Yen each.


Submit only your original T-shirt designs that can be printed and sold by Design Tshirts Store graniph. The submission period ends by February 26th, 2014.

1. Creating your design file

Please create your design file using the format below. Create one file per design. Please make sure the entire design is held within a single file and that the design covers as much of the canvas as possible.

Image Size: 700px x 700px (h x w)
Image Resolution: 72dpi
Format: JPG
File Size: up to 1MB per file

Please use only English characters in your file name and preserve the file name extension. While there is no set specifications for this file, low quality data may present problems during printing. Please scan all paintings, hand drawn illustrations, photos and other analogue works into digital form.

2. Creating your profile picture file

If your design is chosen for a prize we will post a brief artist introduction along with your profile picture on our website. This information will also be printed on a tag attached to all t-shirts with your design. The profile picture does not have to be a real picture of yourself. It may be an illustration etc., but just like your design please make sure you have the necessary usage rights and copyrights before submitting it.

Image Size: 500px x 500px (h x w)
Image Resolution: 72dpi
Format: JPG
File Size: up to 1MB per file

3. Apply

Provide all the necessary information on the application form page and upload your design files and profile picture.

4. Completion of application

An email confirming your received application will be sent to your registered email address. Upon receipt of this email your application is complete. If you do not receive this email please be sure to check your junk mailbox.

For further information, please visit the official website.