National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015

Deadline: 30 June 2015
Open to: anyone who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction and who do not reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria
Prize: an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and Panama Canal for two, a six-day National Geographic photo expedition covering Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two and a six-day Schooners Heritage and American Eagle Cruise for two.


The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence.

The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe with us. Send National Geographic your best shots in any of categories. Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time.

The categories for entries are: (1) Travel Portraits, (2)  Outdoor Scenes, (3)  Sense of Place, and (4) Spontaneous Moments. 


Contest is open only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry and who do NOT reside in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. Employees of National Geographic Society, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible. CONTEST IS VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED.


An eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two

A six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two

A six-day cruise from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage for two


All winners will receive a subscription toTraveler magazine.


The submission period ends on June 30, 2015, 12:00:00 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time.

There is a fee of US$15 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. To enter, you must be registered. Click here to login or to create a new account. After that, you are to complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow. All digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide or tall (depending if horizontal or vertical).

For furher information, please visit the official website.

Bakcell Smart Start İnternship Program 2015

“Bakcell” offers the “Smart Start” internship program for the young people, students and graduates aged 18-25,  who want to start their careers. By means of the “Smart Start” internship program, which facilitates the opportunities for moving from academic life towards a career, the interns will have an opportunity to undergo practical training in one of the largest companies of Azerbaijan, attend business ethics and career development trainings, and become familiar with the professional life at Bakcell.

Why did we create Smart Start Internship Program?

Thousands of young people want to start their career. Due to lack of basic experience and practice they are still jobless.

Taking this into consideration we launch Smart Start Internship Program to build a bridge between educational and professional worlds, to make it easier to transfer from academic life into a career.

What is our purpose?

Our purpose is to give the opportunity to youngsters to:

  • develop their job-preparedness skills
  • get acquainted with business environment
  • gain practical experience

How will we select and allocate the candidates?

Selection process will consist of:

  • application form submission
  • testing and interviewing stages

All selected interns will:

  • participate in inductions and internal trainings
  • work in different areas all over the company

Note: Intern’s allocation will be done by Bakcell Human Resources department, based on intern’s skills and abilities.

What is the intern’s benefit?

The intern will:

  • obtain practical experience in one of the biggest companies of Azerbaijan
  • be coached on business ethics & career planning
  • get acquainted with Bakcell’s professional life

The department requesting an intern will assign a Mentor to:

  • support and encourage interns to manage their self-education
  • disclose intern’s potential
  • develop intern’s skills and improve performance

What are the terms of internship?

  • Internship will consider full-day occupation 5 days a week within 2 months – July, August.
  • Bakcell will pay fixed amount of burse to cover intern’s daily transportation and meal expenses.
  • At the end of internship program all participants will be assessed and granted letters confirming their participation in the project.

The stories of young persons who spent their 2014 summer holidays in a more exciting way thanks to interesting internship experience you can read from here : Smart Start 2014”  Internship Stories

How to apply?

Fill the application form and submit before 10.05.2015.

In order to apply, register HERE.


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Deadline:  1 February 2015 and 1 February 2016.
Open to: filmmakers, television commissioning editors, documentary stakeholders and independent documentary producers
Venue:  23–25 November 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


The IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized thru co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.

The new program will run next to the classic support program, which has been providing filmmakers in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe with funding for project development, production and post-production since 1998.

IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe will offer support through two different categories to feature-length creative documentaries by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, that use a strong visual treatment to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

In 2015 support for international co-productions will be offered to producers from EU countries that are coproducing with producers from countries on the DAC list. By bringing together the network and experience of IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFA and its markets, the program aims to create synergy between producers from different continents and backgrounds with mutual benefits.

IDFA Forum 2015 will take place November 23–25 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Filmmakers, television commissioning editors, documentary stakeholders and independent documentary producers can enter this contest.


The contribution for international co-production per project is €40,000.


This new program has been made possible with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. The program will run for two years. The deadline for International co-production is February 1, 2015 and for Distribution of International Co-production is February 1, 2016. Full regulations and guidelines are available here.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to: Isabel Arrate Fernandez at

The official web-page.


International Creative Writing Summer School 2015

Deadline:  22 May 2015
Open to: students who are experienced writers
Venue: 1–27 June 2015 in Athens and Thessaloniki / Greece


In partnership with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University, we’re pleased to announce the courses that comprise our third annual International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The Summer School provides opportunities for writers from across the world to develop their critical and analytical skills, enhance their writing abilities, and work intensely in an inspiring and creative environment with experienced writers associated with the Kingston Writing School, Kingston University, London. Among the writers and professors who have taught at the Summer School in the past are: Rachel CuskPaul BaileyJames MillerNorma Clarke and Maurice Walsh.

This year, the Summer School has broadened and enriched its programme and offers students the opportunity to practise writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and suspense writing under the supervision and guidance of highly accomplished writers.

Certificates of achievement will be awarded upon completion.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English (equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 7.0 in the writing module).
  • They will also be required to submit a sample of their work in English: either a selection of poems or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course they have chosen.


Two-week courses: €600

  • 15% Discount for applicants based in Greece €510
  • 10% Early Bird discount for applications received by 1 May

One-week courses: €300

  • 15% Discount for applicants based in Greece €255
  • 10% Early Bird discount for applications received by 1 May

An additional 5% discount will be given to participants who wish to take more than two separate courses.


Email the completed application form to

Please note:

  • The form must be accompanied by a sample of your work in English: either a selection of poems or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course you have chosen.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English, official evidence of English language competency is also required (equivalent to a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in the writing module).

For further details of the creative writing courses, the application procedure and accommodation advice, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Maria Papaioannou
British Council
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens
Telephone +30 210 369 2336 / 333
Fax +30 210 361 4658

The official web-page.


Open Society Youth Fellowship

Deadline:  15 May 2015
Open to: applicants no older than 30 years
Scholarship:  a stipend of $35,000–50,000 (depending on experience and current income), travel and project costs


The Open Society Youth Fellowship supports young activists and organizers as thought leaders and allies in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to open society challenges.

Youth Fellows should take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and expect to contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking in return. While fellows will work outside of Open Society Foundations core offices, they will liaise with the Open Society Youth Exchange to identify opportunities for both in-person and virtual engagement with Open Society staff and partners. The Youth Exchange will work with each individual fellow to identify additional opportunities for the fellow to learn from and collaborate with staff and partners through site visits, speaking engagements, and other fora.

Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications, such as reports and blog posts; infographics and other visual content; innovative education and training resources and tools; the launch of new campaigns and organizations; and creation of artistic or cultural expression projects. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, and presenting on their work in other public spaces.


All applicants should be under the age of 30. While we will consider applicants who are currently employed by a civil society organization or university, we will request additional information to confirm that the individual is acting on their own in regards to their proposed project, and that their current employer is flexible with their independent role as a Youth Fellow.

The Youth Exchange accepts proposals from anywhere in the world, with a particular interest in proposals from the global south. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their particular field and a record of successful movement-building initiatives, innovative project management experience, and/or experience in research/tools development. Applicants must be proficient in spoken English.

Fellowship applications should relate to at least one of the following areas of work:

  • youth mobilization and innovation in traditional human rights movements (i.e., the LGBTQ rights movement, disability rights, women’s rights, drug policy reform, etc.)
  • youth participation and civic engagement particularly around elections
  • youth-led movements
  • youth-led work in the field of justice (for example, policing, pretrial detention, incarcerated youth, or alternative sentencing)
  • youth tactics in advocacy and awareness raising (for example new media, arts activism, peer-to-peer networks, etc.) around human rights issues
  • youth in closed or transitional societies


Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000–50,000 depending on experience and current income. The fellowship will also cover some travel and project costs related to the fellows’ work to be discussed.

How to apply?

All interested applicants should complete the online application form and submit supporting materials for consideration. Applicants may submit a project proposal or other materials in a language other than English, as long as they also submit an English translation. Certified translations are strongly recommended.

Once the initial information has been entered, applicants receive login details and an ID number that allows them to make additions and revisions to the form until materials are submitted. The ID number should be quoted in any correspondence. The program strongly encourages applicants to submit only electronic supporting materials. However, if applicants have hard copy materials that they feel are essential to the evaluation of their project, they can list these at the end of the project proposal. Fellowship staff will reach out to applicants should it be necessary to review these materials.

Note: Only applicants without internet access may send an application by post. An application form is available in the Download Files section. All others must apply online. For more information or technical difficulties with the online application form, please contact the Youth Exchange at

Download Files

High School and College Students: An Opportunity for YOU!

 Youth Engagement Forum

Saturday, May 30, 2015

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Crowne Plaza Riverfront, St. Paul, MN

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Some of the most valuable assets we have in the fight against sex trafficking are the energy and compassion of our youth. This year the Demand Change Project will honor the dedication and commitment of local youth; by inviting your full participation in the conference, including a day of special programming for young abolitionists ages 14-23.

For the Youth Engagement Forum, Breaking Free will partner with Gustavus Adolphus College’s social justice theater troupe, I Am We Are, to creatively engage youth in learning about the signs of sex trafficking and how you can intervene safely and effectively. Join us!

Youth Engagement Forum Agenda:

8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am-Noon: Workshops

Noon-12:30 pm: Box Lunches

3:00-5:00 pm: Rally and Walk for Freedom in Downtown Minneapolis (optional)

7:00 pm: Victory Concert Featuring Ashley DuBose (optional, $25 per person)


Youth Engagement Forum Scholarships:

Breaking Free has allotted a limited number of scholarships for Youth Engagement Forum attendance. (Please note that these scholarships are for the Youth Engagement Forum exclusively, not the Demand Change Project.) Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria: financial need, personal narrative, and the potential to use the material gathered in the forum to engage students’ communities.

Download the Scholarship Application Form and return it to Breaking Free by May 1, 2015 at 5pm.

Questions? Contact Taylor Mitsch.

International Academic Summer School on Well-being «UniverCiTerra» 2015

Deadline:  20 May 2015
Open to: Students (bachelors, masters or PhD students) from the world leading universities under aged up to 35 years
Venue: 19 July – 8 August 2015 in Tomsk, the Russian Federation


«UniverCiTerra 2015» is a three-week course held in the heart of Russia in Siberia. It is aimed at students, masters and PhD students from world leading universities. The agenda of the School includes seminars, discussions, trainings, workshops and business games, held by leading specialists in the stated fields.

During the School participants will get to know how to construct sustainable and well-being society and find possible ways to solve global issues at interesting classes conducted by the world leading scientists. The 4 most successful projects will be chosen in each module, the results will be recommended for publication in international journals.

The School will be held from July 19 to August 8, 2015 in Tomsk, the Russian Federation,National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University.

Research Topics:

You’ll receive 3 credits in total, and can participate in sports events and fantastic excursions! Every student will get a participant’s pack for studying.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Students (bachelors, masters or PhD students) from the world leading universities (according to QS World Universities rankings) under aged up to 35 years;
  • Fluent English (for non-native speakers – certificate of B1 level or above, or other documents proving the level of English);
  • A letter of reference from scientific supervisor or professor, supporting students application directly to a contact e-mail address (;
  • A motivational letter of an applicant for studying at Summer School written in English (250-300 words);
  • A valid passport for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip.


You have a chance to win a scholarship. This scholarship covers costs for travel expenses and accommodation for the duration of studying. The number of scholarships is limited by 50!

The applicants whose motivational letters will be selected as the best will get an opportunity to study at Summer school free of charge.


Participants must register and fill in the form on the school’s website and send it on e-mail from 15.03.2015 to 20.05.2015.

In order to apply, register HERE.

To participate in the Summer School please follow next steps:

  1. Fill in the Registration Form on the School site
  2. Email paper submission to

Belinskiy St., 55, TPU Research Library, Office 354, Tomsk, Russia

Tel.: +7 (3822) 56-45-15, 56-33-48

If you have any questions,   write to:  Svetlana Dementeva
The official web-page.


Join the MADE/ICMC Photo Competition, Win a Trip to Istanbul!

Deadline:  30 April 2015
Open to: everyone over the age of 18
Prizes: all expenses paid trip to Istanbul


The International Catholic Migration Commission – ICMC Europe and the Migration and Development Civil Society network (MADE) are launching a photo competition on the theme “Untold stories: how migrants contribute to human and economic development”.

The objective of the competition is to showcase how migrants contribute to the economic, social and human well-being of their communities and countries of origin, heritage and residence, bringing to light the too often untold and unheard stories of migrants’ contributions to development.

Today, there are more than 232 million migrants in the world. People are moving in search of new opportunities or a better life, to save, support, or improve their wellbeing and that of their families, to escape conflict or to adapt to environmental and economic shocks.

Migrants learn and bring with them new skills and energy, fill in labour market gaps and send more of their earnings back to family members and communities in their countries of origin than the entire budget for official aid worldwide. Yet, around the world, they face widespread abuse, exploitation, lack of opportunities and discrimination. Migrants’ capacity to contribute to development are often directly related to their enjoyment of human rights and opportunities for human development.

Human development expands the traditional definition of economic development and encompasses health, education, a decent standard of living and political rights as a starting point so that individuals and communities may flourish.

Participants are strongly encouraged to submit photographs showcasing both economic and human facets of development and photographs showcasing that link between the two are strongly encouraged.


The competition is open to everyone (individuals and organisations) over the age of 18. There are no geographical restrictions. Participation of migrants themselves is strongly encouraged.


The first prize winner will be invited to attend the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Istanbul from 12-15 October 2015, for which travel and accommodation will be covered.

The 10 best photographs will displayed at the venue of the European Development Days on 3-4 June 2015 as well as at the Civil Society Days of the GFMD in October 2015.

Pictures will also be posted in a photo gallery at and published via MADE social media channels.

How to apply?

Submissions are now accepted for this competition. All photographs must be submitted by April 30th, 6 pm Brussels time (GMT+1).

Participants can submit up to three digital black and white or colour photographs.  All photographs must be submitted together with the attached application form. All applications must be submitted via email to and accompanied by the application form, available to download below in English, French and Spanish below and completed in either of these languages.

Requirements of digital photographs

For them to be printed in the highest quality, photographs should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Please submit your photographs in high-resolution JPEG format.

The photograph must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

For any further information, please contact us at

Download the application form and rules of competition

For more information please visit the official website.


Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

Deadline:  2 June 2015
Open to: participants  who have developed business endeavors
Fellowship: a $10,000 financial contribution


The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week recognizes a group of young, socially-conscious leaders who have developed sustainable ventures addressing civic needs. The Fellowship provides them with exposure to nationally recognized business leaders, philanthropists and community leaders, funding to support their organization and a platform for growth.

The BHSI Fellowship was designed and created in 2011 by Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand as a way of advancing the next generation of social innovators, entrepreneurs and change agents.

In partnership with Chicago Ideas Week, the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship will grant visionary leaders with community support, exposure to successful business leaders and a US$10,000 financial contribution for their business endeavor.


All applicants must be 35 years of age or younger (born on or after October 11, 1980).

  • Applicants may be from anywhere in the world.
  • Ventures may be for-profit or nonprofit ventures.
  • All ventures must demonstrate that they are innovative and addressing compelling social problems.
  • All ventures must demonstrate a sustainable model with proven results.
  • The dates of the formal program for the Fellowship are October 11–15.
  • All applicants must also be able to attend Chicago Ideas Week, which takes place October 12–18.


Each of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows receive $10,000 in unrestricted, non-equity financial support of their venture and joins a group of like-minded young innovators for a week of one-of-a-kind experiences including:

  • The opportunity to present their ventures at Chicago Ideas Week alongside leading innovators, entrepreneurs and thinkers in front of an exclusive audience
  • Intimate breakfasts and lunches with prominent business and political leaders. Past meetings have been hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dreamworks Chairwoman and Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, Groupon Co-Founder and CEO Eric Lefkofsky, Equity Groups Chairman Sam Zell, Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns, Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert, and many others.
  • Access to Chicago Ideas speakers. Past speakers include Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, Michael Bloomberg, Edward Norton, Deepak Chopra, Malcolm Gladwell, Tom Brokaw and Sandra Day O’Connor.

How to Apply?

The application deadline is June 2.

For more information, click here.


The Ostsee Model United Nations (OstseeMUN) 2015

Deadline:  25 September 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 16 and 28 years old interested in international relations and MUN activities
Venue: 5-9 October, 2015, Flensburg (Germany) and Sønderborg (Denmark)



OstseeMUN 2015 is the only cross-border MUN which will take place in the two beautiful seaside cities of Flensburg and Sønderborg. OstseeMUN conference is a role-play that aims to simulate the work of the United Nations and other international organizations. During this simulation the participants take the roles of delegates to international organisations. This conference will provide its members with experience of giving public speeches as well as the insight into the work of international organizations and politics. Participate will also get the change to relax, network and meet new people at our many social events. The highlight of the conference will be the two locations of Flensburg and Sønderborg which lie on either side of the German-Danish border.

Join OstseeMUN 2015 ‘The World’s Only Cross-Border MUN Conference.’


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 28 years old at the start of the conference
  • All delegates younger than 16 will require a letter of permission from the parents
  • Be able to speak English fluently.


The 2015 conference fee is €60. This Includes:

  • Full participation in all the formal sessions, opening and closing ceremony
  • Welcome package
  • Welcome Reception and Delegates Dance as well as all other social events
  • Transport to and from Sønderborg for the formal sessions
  • Daily Lunch (excluding Day 1)
  • Public Transportation in Flensburg

Additionally, participants can book:

A bed in the Flensbed hostel for the discounted price of €15 per night.

Terms and Conditions:

  • You may cancel at any time before the 6th of September and receive a full refund. Any cancellations after the 6th of September will not be refunded.
  • Delegates aged between 16 and 28 at the time of the conference are eligible for participation in OstseeMUN.
  • OstseeMUN will not be able to provide accommodation for participants.
  • Travel costs of the participants are not covered.


Delegate applications are open! 

 Early Bird Discount is available until May 10th! 

In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.