Win a 2-week writing trip in the Balkans!
Plus be mentored by travel writer and New York Times contributor Tim NevilleApply now
How old do I need to be to be eligible for the scholarship?
To be eligible for the scholarship you need to be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline (before March 21, 2017).
I'm not from an English speaking country. Can I still apply?
The scholarship is open to all nationalities; however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written English to be considered for the scholarship. Please note: you do not need to supply an English proficiency certificate to apply.
I am from the Balkan region. Can I participate?
Of course! You are welcome to apply. What better way to explore your own backyard?
I work for one of your program partners. Can I participate?
Employees of World Nomads, ExOfficio, Eurail, the Western Balkans Geotourism Network and their subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and members of their immediate families or households, are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
Do I need a current passport? What about visa requirements?
You need a current passport with at least six months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain a visa to the following countries; Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Am I considered a professional travel writer?
Essentially this is a 'learning opportunity' for someone who is looking for an introduction into the travel writing industry and more importantly, is keen to be mentored. The scholarship is not open to professional writers of any kind.
For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be professional writer if you have been published regularly in commercial blogs, newspapers, magazines or journals. We would also consider you to be a professional writer if you derive more than 25% of your income from writing of any kind.
If you have only had a few stories published, or keep a regular travel blog then we would not consider this professional.
Please consider the spirit of the program which is intended to help those with a burning desire to be a professional travel writer and need some help getting started.
I'm a writer, but I've never done any type of travel writing professionally. Am I still considered a professional?
If more than 25% of your job consists of writing, in any professional capacity (social media not included), you are ineligible to apply. This includes editors and copy-writers who spend more than 25% of their time writing.
Workshop in Montenegro
Travel around the Balkans
Can I apply more than once?
No, you can only submit one story per person, make it a good one!
Does my application have to be in English?
Yes, the judges will not be able to understand your story unless it is written in English. The travel writing workshop will also be run in English.
Do I have to write to the themes mentioned in the application form?
Yes, as a travel writer it is important to demonstrate your ability to stick to a given brief.
Can I add pictures to my submission?
We haven't allowed for photos to be added to the submission, simply because you will be judged on the quality of your writing alone.
My story has already been published on my personal blog. Can I submit the same story?
Yes, however, you should ensure the story meets the requirements of the brief.
I have submitted my story to a previous travel writing scholarship for World Nomads and did not win. If my old submission still fits the criteria that you are looking for, can I submit it again?
Yes, however, we do encourage you to sign up for our Travel Writing Tips video series so that you can improve your story before applying.
Does the character count include spaces? Is there any wiggle room in the character count?
Yes, the character count does include spaces. No, the form will not allow you to submit an application if your writing is longer than the specified the character count. The character count for the story is 2500 (roughly 500 words).
Once submitted the travel story will appear on a public page. Can we applying under a pseudonym or alias?
You can apply with a pseudonym if you don't want your full name visible on the post. Preferably in the following format: Preferred Name. First Initial of Surname (eg. Brittany. V).
Oh no! I've submitted my story, but I need to make a change to my application. Can I edit my application?
Once you apply, you will not be able to go back and edit your entry, so please make sure you are completely satisfied with your essay before you submit an application.
What will the winners win?
Each of the 3 successful applicants will receive the following:
- return economy airfare from the nearest international airport to Dubrovnik, Croatia and transfers to Herceg Novi, Montenegro
- a 3-day all-expenses-paid workshop with travel writer and mentor Tim Neville in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, courtesy of Black Mountain - Active Journeys & Cultural Experiences and World Nomads
- 5 day all-expenses-paid tour in either Bosnia & Herzegovina courtesy of Colors Travel, FYR Macedonia courtesy of Balojani Tourist Services or Albania, courtesy of Our Own Expeditions
- a Eurail travel pass for the 10-day road trip around the Balkans
- $500 USD worth of adventure apparel to thanks to our friends at ExOfficio
- €1000 spending money to be used during the 10-day road trip
- reimbursement for the cost of any relevant visas and vaccinations
- travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads
What if I can't drive or am ineligible to rent a car?
The trip will take a 'planes, trains and automobiles' approach. Any constraints will be taken into account when finalizing your itinerary, however, there are plenty of ways to explore the various parts of the Balkans.
What are the trip dates?
The travel writing workshop in Montenegro will begin on June 5. The trip around the Balkan region will begin June 8. To take part in this scholarship experience you must be available between June 4 to June 19, 2017 - allowing for travel time between your country of residence and Montenegro.
I'm not available on the travel dates mentioned on the opportunity page. If I am chosen as the winner, can the dates be moved?
You must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way and you must be available for the entire duration of the assignment.
Do I have to travel solo? Can I bring a travel companion along with me, even if it's just for the trip after the workshop?
This 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 traveling and working on your own. We do require you to undertake the trip solo.
What will I be doing during the workshop?
The 3 scholarship recipients will be flown from the nearest international airport to Dubrovnik, Croatia and transfer to nearby Herceg Novi, Montenegro where they will spend 3 days attending a customized travel writing workshop. Under the mentorship of professional travel writer Tim Neville, the winners will learn how to find a great story, create solid pitches, improve their writing skills and gain a better understanding of the travel writing industry.
What will I be doing during the road trip?
After the workshop, each writer will embark on their solo 10-day Balkans itinerary. As part of the application, you need to tell us about the two destinations you would most like to write about in the region. We'll take these places of interest, and help you plan the ultimate itinerary.
During your trip, you will be tasked with writing about the people you meet, your adventures (and misadventures), and your local off-the-beaten-path encounters.
Can I extend the trip beyond the specified trip dates?
Yes, you can extend your trip after the assignment, however any travel after the official 2-week assignment will need to be carried out at the winner's own expense.
Is there any other way to get into the program besides the scholarship? Can I pay for my room & board myself and take part in the program?
No, unfortunately, you cannot pay your way onto this trip.
I have a problem submitting my application. Can I email my application to you? Help!
No, you cannot email your application to us. All entrants need to fill the application page and submit their applications via our website.
If you have encountered any specific issues please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm not sure if my application was submitted correctly. How do I check this?
To check if your application has been submitted, go to this page and search for your application. If submitted successfully, your application will appear here (along with everyone else's travel stories).