Arts Residencies & Creative Opps for Travelers in Scotland, Washington, Connecticut, Zion National Park & more

Certified Scuba Divers, 21-25, invited to apply for $25K ROLEX Scholarship to pursue an aquatic-related career. The winning scholar will explore the underwater world in their region, but will also venture to other regions of the world as well. For one year the individual will be on the road, traveling extensively to the next expedition, the itinerary & scheduling of these trips will be organized by a coordinator. Experience gained during the Rolex Scholarship underwater research will include: scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, underwater research, scientific expeditions, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction and other specialized assignments. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be pursuing marine biology, plant sciences, travel/tourism, and sustainable development and biology/life sciences. Apply by 11/30.

The Next Great Travel Writers Contest from Do you have what it takes to be GoAbroad’s next great travel writer?! Now is your chance to prove it! The “Next Great Travel Writers” Contest from is an opportunity to have your travel story published as a featured article on, the leading online resource for meaningful and alternative world travel. You will also be entered for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 to be put towards your next travel experience. Word Count — MUST fall between 700 and 1300 words per article. All entries must adhere to one of the following categories:
* “Guidebook With A Twist.” — This is a unique and interesting “how-to” or informational travel guide about features or characteristics in a specific city or country — with info not easily found in the usual tourist guidebooks.
* “Travel Feature.” — This is a colorful and informational feature article about some sort of activity, event, social custom, or unique tradition that travelers might want to try and experience while abroad.
* “Top Five/ Top Ten.” This is a “roundup” article where writers can get creative with their Top Fill-in-the-Blanks — places to see, things to do, items to bring, etc. — in various countries or parts of the world.
Enter by 10/31.

Oysterville, Washington: Artists, Writers, Musicians & Naturalists invited to apply for 1-month residencies, from March 1 – October 31, 2014, at Willapa Bay AiR on 16 acres of coastal WA. Includes lodging, meals & work space. $30 app fee; apply by 8/31.

Ettrick Valley, ‎Scotland: Experimental ‎Filmmakers & Moving Image ‎Artists invited to apply for 4-week residencies in Oct via Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival. Free housing + £500 for ‎travel, time & materials + £400 living stipend + free classes + potential to exhibit work at Alchemy Film Fest. Apply by 7/20.

Wilton, Connecticut: Artists working in Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Film, Media Art, Multi-media, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles & Visual Arts invited to apply for 1-month residencies, November 2013 – April 2014, at Weir Farm National Historic Site from National Park Service. Artists live in private historical farmhouse and work in new state of the art private studio amid fields, forests and stone walls. Host pays for lodging, utilities & studio space. Artists pay for transportation, transport of art, supplies & food. Accommodation is in a small historical farmhouse and is fully furnished. Utilities, linens and household supplies provided. Solitary residency. Children and pets are not allowed. Partners may visit, but are not expected to stay for duration of residency unless part of a formal collaborative team. $35 app fee; apply by 7/15.

Springdale, Utah: The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional Writers, Photographers, Visual and Performing Artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. This call for artists applies to four sessions:
Session I: February 3–March 4, 2014
Session II: April 1– 30, 2014
Session III: September 1–30, 2014
Session IV: October 16–November 14, 2014
The works completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park and should reflect the National Park Service’s mission to preserve and protect the park’s cultural and natural resources. During the Residency period the artist will be expected to present two public programs, tailored to an individual’s medium, interest, and experience. One will take place at Zion Nation Park and the other at Southern Utah University as part of the Art Insights program. At the conclusion of the Residency, participating artists will donate an original piece from their Residency in Zion National Park to be placed in the Park’s permanent collection. Zion National Park will work in conjunction with faculty and staff at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT to select artists who will work in Zion for the four-week residency period. Selected artists will be given a rent-free, furnished park house inside the park.

The SOM Foundation Prize in architecture, design & urban design is a $50K research & travel fellowship that enables one outstanding student to do in-depth research, collaborate with other designers & pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. In addition to the grand SOM Prize, the Foundation also awards a $20,000 travel fellowship to the second strongest candidate. Eligibility: Graduating undergraduate and graduate students of accredited U.S. schools of Architecture, Design and Urban Design are eligible. A multi-disciplinary, independent jury of prominent professionals, together with one SOM Foundation director, selects the winners based on portfolios, research plans and travel itineraries. Apply by 7/23.

If you’re a developer, designer, researcher, data enthusiast, urban planner, or entrepreneur who wants to make a difference, join Code for America and use your skills to give back to your community. In previous years men and women left tech companies such as Google and Apple, and design jobs at Newsweek and Conde Nast – all looking to use their skills to give back. During the 11-month program, you will not only receive a living-wage stipend, travel expenses, and healthcare, but also the training and mentorship to be a leader in business, local government, or both. Apply by 7/31.

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