Call For Entries-Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014

Deadline: 20 June 2014
Open to: all individuals aged 18 years or older who are students in an accredited institution of higher education
Award: up to US $5,000 in cash and Adobe software


The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition, which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software, honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

Both individuals and groups may enter up to three unique projects in the following categories during the entire duration of the contest:

  • Interactive Experience Media Segment: Web + App Design, Game Art and Design, Installation Design, Digital Publishing;
  • Video and Motion Media Segment: Animation, Editing and Post-Production, Motion Graphics;
  • Traditional Media Segment: Illustration, Packaging, Photography, Print Communications.


This contest is open to all individuals aged 18 years or older who are students in an accredited institution of higher education.

Please note that U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.


The 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards inspires higher education students from around the world, to go global. Media Segment Grand Prize Winners will receive Adobe software, a cash prize, mentorship, an invitation to participate in the 2014 Adobe MAX held in Los Angeles. Travel and lodging not included.


All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on June 20, 2014.

Click here to start the online submission process. An original work must be included. It must be created not earlier than 1 May 2013, within one of the 11 Categories defined above. The work must be created primarily (50% or more) with the Adobe tools designated in each category, as stated above, and be accompanied by original digital files in Adobe software format.

For further information, please visit the official website.


OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum 2014 in Warsaw, Poland

Deadline:  12 May 2014
Open to: youth leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, from South-East Europe as well as Central and Western Europe, Canada and the USA
Venue: 16-17 June 2014 in Warsaw, Poland


The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing a two-day Youth Forum on 16-17 June 2014 in Warsaw.  The Youth Forum will bring together 35 youth leaders  to discuss challenges to youth political participation in the 21st century and ways to overcome these. The final outcome of the Youth Forum will be a number of recommendations on how the OSCE and its institutions can better assist participating States to meet their commitments and obligations on the inclusion of youth in democratic processes.

The Youth Forum will involve three categories of young leaders – representing the following categories:

  1. Voice: This relates to informal forms of political participation and focuses on online activism. Ideal candidates include representatives of social media groups and bloggers.
  2. Influence: This relates to semi-formal forms of political participation and focuses on civil society organizations active in advocating and lobbying for changes to policies. We are looking for leaders who want to influence politics but do not want to do so through formal structures.
  3. Governance: This relates to formal mechanisms of political participation such as political parties and governance institutions. Ideal candidates are leaders such as young politicians and members of parliaments, government representatives, city councilors, policy and political advisors.

The Youth Forum will exploring different forms of political participation and how these complement each other thus including youth in democratic policy work. Participants will be offered an opportunity to discuss good practices and challenges in youth political participation in the OSCE region. The Youth Forum will also offer a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the unique approach that the OSCE offers – its comprehensive cross-dimensional approach to security. The participants will be asked to actively participate during the Youth Forum in various working groups. Moreover, selected participants will be asked to actively participate in moderated online discussions ahead of the Youth Forum. The OSCE/ODIHR reserves the right to withdraw the invitation should a selected participant fail to engage in online discussion, on a weekly basis, ahead of the seminar.


Selection criteria:
− Young leaders aged 25 to 35;
− Gender and geographical balance;
− Minimum 2 years of experience and proven track record of involvement and engagement within their social community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student’s unions, local and national political parties, online democracy and human rights associations, political parties and NGOs);
− Participants will have to submit this application form and their CV;
− All applicants will be asked to take part in a skype interview;
− English language competency


  • Accommodation and travel costs for the event will be covered by the OSCE/ODIHR.


Please apply by submitting your offline application and recent Curriculum Vitae. OSCE/ODIHR will be selecting the participants. 

Submit your application no later than 12 May 2014 to

For more information about the OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum and the selection procedure, please click here.


Applications are Open! Aspire Academy in Romania 2014

Deadline: 30 April 2014
Open to: secondary education, undergraduate, postgraduate students
Venue: Aspire Academy: 4-11 July; Aspire High School: 3-7 July 2014; Poiana Brasov, Romania


Aspire Academy is Aspire Romania’s flagship program aimed at students pursuing their undergraduate or masters degree. Aspire Romania has the mission of discovering, developing and connecting outstanding young leaders from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. Aspire Academy will take place between 4-11 July, at Hotel Sport, in Poiana Brasov, Romania.

Aspire High School is a Aspire Romania’s program dedicated to high school students, for people who are not afraid to constantly challenge themselves for the sake of bettering the world around them! In 2014, Aspire High School will take place between 3-7 July, at Hotel Sport, in Poiana Brasov, Romania.

Aspire Professional Workshop/Aspire Alumni Weekend: 5 – 6 July, 2014. The workshop will be designed as an immersion experience in which participants live together with each other, form bonds and interact with the faculty, organizers, senior board and the Aspire community at large. APW will be held in the same venue as the other programs and will share the classroom with the Aspire Alumni weekend program.


For Aspire Academy, they are accepting 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in higher education, although please note that postgraduates will occupy fewer places on the program and must be at most 25 years old.

For Aspire High School, they will be selecting 50 students as well, enrolled in secondary education at either a public or a private institution.

The Aspire Professional Workshop targets young professionals (aged 23-30) from companies and organizations in Romania and abroad. The Aspire Alumni Weekend will gather Aspire Alumni from all generations.


The selection process is entirely needs-blind and they offer full and partial scholarships to all those who need the support! That is to say, you first apply, receive your offer, if you are a good match for Aspire programs, and only afterwards will you be able to let them know whether you need financial aid. If you do, they will then have a second interview, aimed at assessing your financial need, only. Aspire Academy and Aspire High School will incur a fee of EUR 290 and the Aspire Professional Workshop will incur a fee of EUR 100.


Application deadline is 30 April 2014. Apply online HERE.

For more information visit the official website HERE.


2014 UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Youth Conference in Japan

Deadline:  1 June 2014
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years old,  involved in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Venue: 10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya,  Okayama City, Japan


Are you between 18 and 35 years old? Are you involved in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Do you have success stories and innovative ESD initiatives you could share? Would you like to meet and collaborate with other ESD youth leaders from around the world? Do you want to add your voice to youth-focused recommendations that will be presented at the World Conference on ESD?

The UNESCO ESD Youth Conference will bring together 50 young ESD leaders from around the world in Okayama City, Japan on 7 November 2014.

As a Youth Conference participant you will have an opportunity to exchange your ideas and experiences with peers. You will be able to discuss innovative approaches to ESD and ways to promote young people’s contribution and further involvement in the global ESD movement. And you will help elaborate commitments to future ESD actions.

Conference participants will also be involved in developing recommendations for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from 10-12 November 2014. All Youth Conference participants will be invited to take part in the World Conference.

The Youth Conference is being organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, the City of Okayama and The Goi Peace Foundation.


To be eligible for participation in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference, you must:
1) Be between 18-35 years of age as of 1 June 2014.
2) Have demonstrated active engagement in the field of Education for Sustainable Development.
3) Have a good command of English, and be able to actively participate in conference discussions.
4) Be able to attend the full schedule of events in Japan from 6-13 November 2014 (or at least through 11 November), and to take part in the prior online consultations in September-October 2014 to prepare for Youth Conference discussions and input to the World Conference.

Travel Sponsorship

Successful applicants will receive travel sponsorship. Organizers will provide roundtrip air tickets between the participant’s nearest airport and Japan, as well as accommodation, meals and transportation within Japan. Please note that participants are responsible for their domestic transportation (from their home to the nearest airport), visa application, traveler’s insurance, and incidental expenses during their stay in Japan.

Successful applicants will receive travel sponsorship. Organizers will provide roundtrip air tickets between the participant’s nearest airport and Japan, as well as accommodation, meals and transportation within Japan. Please note that participants are responsible for their domestic transportation (from their home to the nearest airport), visa application, traveler’s insurance, and incidental expenses during their stay in Japan


Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:
1) Application form: Please complete the Application form in English. The document file must be saved in Microsoft Word format with filename “LAST NAME_First Name_Country Name.docx” (in this format).
2) Recommendation letter: A letter from a head or officer of an ESD/youth-related organization or institution stating the applicant’s engagement and relevant competency in ESD. The letter must be written in English and include contact information of the signatory (in any format, no longer than one page).
Please submit your application by email to with the subject line “LAST NAME_First Name_Country Name.docx” (in this format).
Note: Please send only one email with both documents attached.
Do not send your application more than once.
The application deadline is 1 June 2014

If you have any questions, see the Application Guidelines  or write to:

The official web-page.


World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship 2014

Deadline: 15 May 2014
Open to: students and nonprofessional writers from around the world
Award: 10-day travel writing trip across Europe


Yes, we said road trip! Oh, those two little words that hold so many possibilities, so many unwritten stories. It’s all too easy to daydream about jaunting across Europe and chronicling your adventures on the road.

So, stop imagining, and get writing, because we want to send not one, but three budding travel writers to be mentored by a veteran Lonely Planet author and explore Europe on your own terms.

First, the 3 scholarship recipients will be flown from their countries of residence to Berlin where they will spend 2 days at our very first World Nomads Travel Writing workshop. Under the mentorship of veteran Lonely Planet author and industry mentor,Alex Leviton, you will learn how to find a great story, create solid pitches, improve your writing skills and gain a better understanding of the travel writing industry. After the workshop, each writer will be off solo on their own customised 10-day European itinerary. As part of the application, you need to tell us about the two places you would most like to write about in Europe. We’ll take these places of interest, throw in a few summer festivals and some local friends – and send you off on planes, trains and automobiles across Europe.


  • This opportunity is open to students, emerging and non-professional writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change.
  • The scholarship is open to all nationalities, however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written English.
  • The opportunity is designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a travel writer on the road, so you must be comfortable travelling and working on your own.
  • Minimum age 18 by the date the scholarship application closes (May 15, 2014)
  • You need a current passport with at least six months left before expiry.
  • You must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way, you must be available for the entire assignment.
  • You should be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel, a desire to experience new cultures and above all, a burning desire to become a professional travel writer!


  • Three aspiring writers will win a 10-day travel writing trip across Europe.
  • The winners will attend a two-day workshop in Berlin led by veteran Lonely Planet author Alex Leviton. They will then travel to multiple destinations alone and document their trips.
  • Apart from the trip, the winners will also be enrolled in a MatadorU travel writing course. They will have access to the course for three months.
  • The scholarships will cover airfare, accommodations and travel insurance.


Applications close May 15, 2014 at 2pm

If you want it, you’ve got to show it. To apply you need to:

1. WRITE. Craft a 2500 characters or less (this includes spaces) travel focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes;

  • ‘How did I end up here?’
  • ‘The first time I saw…’
  • ‘I’ll never forget the day that…’

It’s up to you to convince our judging panel through your writing that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for travel writing to be chosen for this scholarship. We will be looking for:

  • – great descriptive ability (without getting flowery)
  • – strong eye for detail
  • – ability to tell a compelling and original story
  • – excellent spelling and grammar and a knack for avoiding clichés

2. PLAN YOUR ITINERARY. Tell us about the 2 cities / areas in Europe you would most like to visit.

3. COMPLETE AN ENTRY FORM which includes contact details and a maximum 1200 character essay on why you should be chosen and what the opportunity will mean for you. Your answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.

4. One entry per person. The entry must be submitted in English. Note: Once you apply, you may not go back and edit your entry. Please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you submit an application.*

The 3 recipients of the Scholarship, along with the shortlist of best entries will be published on the website on June 6th, 2014.

For more information, click here.


Volunteering at Summer Workcamp in Belarus!

International work-camp “Fantasy Camp” for intercultural communication

If you’re a young, open-minded, positive and active person, who speaks English fluently and has some experience in working with children and youth, you should not miss the chance to spend an unforgettable summer on a summer workcamp in Belarus.

Who we are – Belarusian travel agency Fantasy Tours (with years of experience in international exchanges), working together with the summer tourist center “Zarnica” (Belarus), invite international volunteers to participate in youth and children workcamps as volunteers.

What: we would like to invite volunteers  from all around the World  to share their language experience (in English) with Belarusian children and youth at the age of 12-16 .

Dates for Summer 2014:

Workcamp 1: 15th July – 1st August

 Workcamp 2: 5th August – 22nd August      

For each workcamp a group of 6 volunteers from different countries will join. There will be three groups (with 20 children in each group) and there will be 4 leaders for each group (2 volunteers and 2 native russian speakers, who will provide supervision and guidance).

Where: The summer camp will be organized in the summer touristic center of “Zarnica” situated 50 km away from Minsk (the capital of Belarus).

Typical duties include:

-Sharing your English experience and helping children improve their English

-Makeing conversation in English on various themes (food, travelling, clothes, shopping) to help children develop their language skills

-Creating theatrical staging for the children to help them better understand the theme of the workcamps

Volunteer Requirements:


-Young and open-minded

-You should be a positive and active person, who speaks English fluently (at least b1 level) and have some experience in working with children and youth

Volunteers will recieve:    

-A rewarding experience of working with youth and children

-Experience of the the culture and history of Belarus (excursions and events are organised together with children and youth of the camp)

-Experience of the local language

-All food (5 times a day) and accommodation (in a twin room) at the camp for free

-Certificate of appreciation

-Official invitation for obtaining a Belarusian visa

-Visa fees will be covered by company

Volunteers will only have to cover transport costs to and from Belarus.

However Fantasy Tour’s official representatives will meet participants at any arrival destination within Belarus, and transfer to the summer camp is arranged free of charge.

If you feel that this opportunity is for you, please send us your CV and motivation letter on

For more information, please visit our facebook group

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Seeking students for Asian American journalism leadership program in DC

Hope this email finds you well. My name is Ruth Liao, and I’m a journalist and volunteer with the Asian American Journalists Association. This year, I’m serving program director for a career development initiative for college students called Voices.
If you’re unfamiliar with the program, it provides free flight and lodging to our participants to attend the Asian American Journalists Association national convention, which takes place in August in DC this year. Students work on a multimedia project under the mentoring of professional journalists and get to network with top job recruiters.
Can you please help recommend college students to apply? The application can be found here. The deadline is fast approaching, Friday, April 25.
Any help would be greatly appreciated – and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Best regards,
Ruth Liao
AAJA Voices