FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

WHEN IS THE NEXT FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE?

We have not yet determined if and when the next Fellowship offering will be. In the meantime, we urge you to visit our "Other Travel Grants" Page for other organization that sponsor travel. PLEASE don't email us about this- join our newsletter for the latest updates.

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY ODDS?

This year we have created a School Challenge to help improve the odds and let alumni sponsor travel Fellowships.

HOW LONG ARE THE TRIPS?

My Travel Bug, Inc. sponsors trips 1, 2 or 3 months long. However, you can travel as long as you'd like. In our first year Nate Story and friends set out to travel for a year. We gave him money for a portion of his trip and then, because the group's stories were so good, we granted him a little bit more the next year.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AMOUNT?

There is no limit for the budget you submit. However, please be aware that the average Fellowship amount is $1-2,000. Many of our Fellows find alternative funding and use My Travel Bug, Inc. as a supplement to there budget.

However, the more money we are able to raise, the more Fellowships we will be able to award this spring. Almost 95% of our budget goes directly to the Fellowship program. Therefore, to help raise the odds for this year's applicants -why not get all your friends and family to donate $10? You can donate online at www.MyTravelbug.org/Donations/donateform.html or mail a check/money order to: My Travel Bug, Inc. 60 Elm Street, Westerly RI 02891

I'M ALREADY ABROAD THIS SEMESTER BUT WANT TO TRAVEL AFTER MY PROGRAM. CAN I APPLY?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for a My Travel Bug, Inc. Fellowship. We always have applicants who are abroad but can't afford to take advantage of it.

CAN GROUPS APPLY?

Yes. Groups can apply with the same budget and itinerary. We ask that each member writes his/her own essays. My Travel Bug, Inc. will usually designate one person as the Fellow but encourages each member to submit stories while traveling. In the past Nate Story and Amy Matthews both travelled with friends but they indivually we responsible for writing the required amount of travelogues and taking pictures.

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO WRITE ON THE FELLOWSHIP?

Winning Fellows are required to write 2 travelogues and take 4 pictures for each month traveling. These submissions must be of good enough quality to be published online.

WHEN ARE FELLOWS NOTIFIED? WHEN DOES TRAVEL BEGIN?

The Selection Committee takes about 6 weeks to choose finalists. Some people will receive their letters earlier but generally by mid-May the letters have gone out.

Travel can begin as soon as we get the winning fellows' paperwork and we send the check to them.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

This Fellowship is open to all U.S. citizens. This means all persons holding a U.S. passport.

For more information on other travel grants and organzations, please click here.

WHY ONLY U.S. CITIZENS?

My Travel Bug, Inc. is a U.S. non-profit 501c3 organization. As such we are beholden to U.S. citizens because they pay our taxes!

Awarding money to foreign nationals is a different field altogether. Perhaps in the future we'll be able to expand the eligibility to include our Canadian neighbors and other countries but at the moment we're careful to keep to the mission approved by the IRS.

However, our mission is to help ALL people to travel and so we've collected information about other organizations who do sponsor travel and study. You can click here to start your research. We update the pages once or twice a month.

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