All About Fellowship

What is AAO Travel Fellowship?

AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 is the second edition of AAO Hostels Flagship project. It’s a unique fellowship conceptualized to create a backpacking culture in India. In this fellowship we will identify some of the best writers, influencers and videographers to fund them to travel. Through multiple mediums, we will share the experiences of the fellows and encourage more people to backpack. All you need to do is to wear your skills cap and travel. Yes, quite literally at that! We will send the fellow to a selected destination and you have to pen down your experiences about the place, its people, the local cuisines, culture and basically everything else you can get your hands on about the region.

How to apply?

The link to the application process can be accessed here. AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 Registration has total 3 steps between your selection. Step 1 has Form 1 & Form 2. Basic Form 1 takes contact details and will also make the participant a member of AAO Travel Tribe by default. Members of the Tribe get access to unlimited privileges like exclusive invites to backpacking trips, meetups, social media community forums, AAO Travel Fellowship, offers on tours and accessories, featured articles and much more. At the end of Form 1, a detailed Form 2 will appear which would help the panel of judges understand your skills and passion towards travelling. In Step 2 and Step 3, the selected fellows will go under voting process and personal interviews respectively.

What fellows get?

AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 is a unique opportunity in travelling and backpacking and is once in a lifetime experience. It is worth to be called so, because travelling is not only sponsored, but the fellow learns and utilizes the skills of writing, research, capturing frames and most importantly, to travel without hesitation in the corners of this country. Not only learning, but the fellows also meet people and personalities who have always been a motivating factor to the youth of this country.

Why AAO Travel Fellowship?

When we tried to connect the dots of backpacking destinations in India, there was no content that could suffice the needs of a backpacker. There came the idea of AAO Travel Fellowship 1.0 where we actually connected dots from-and-to various spots in India. In AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 we aim to delve deeper in generating content which a backpacker would need while spending more than 2 days in a given location. This is how we aim to promote the backpacking culture in India and specifically among the Indian youth.

Duration of AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0?

The AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 will be organised in 4 editions. Currently, it is the first edition i.e., the monsoon edition. In every edition there will be around 6 locations and every location will have 2 fellows at a time. The fellows are expected to collect all the possible information in 3 days. But their fellowship dates can be extended as when required up to 6 days.

Locations of monsoon edition?

The selection of the locations are left on the applicants. There are total 11 locations to choose from. We will finalise 6 locations on the basis of the popularity among the applicants. These 11 locations are, Spiti valley, Leh, Meghalaya, Auli, Khajuraho, Pahalgam, Munnar, Mount Abu, Ziro, Kochi, and Mysore.

Deadline of application

Last day of application (Monsoon Edition): 20th August, 2018

Announcement of the selected candidates: On/Before 26th August, 2018

Travel Period: Between August and October 2018

Terms and Conditions?

  1. If you apply more than once, the latest submission will be considered
  2. Employees of AAO Hostels and Yourstory Media can not apply
  3. This form is an application process for the fellowship and judges’ decision about selection or rejection of a candidate will be final
  4. This application is for the monsoon edition of AAO Travel Fellowship
  5. If selected, an agreement will be signed between you and AAO Hostels related to travel and content
  6. AAO Hostels reserves all rights to cancel the fellowship at any time under unforeseen circumstances.
  7. AAO Hostels reserves all rights to share the answers given by you for analytics or marketing purposes
  8. The personal information shared like email-id, contact number, age and address will be kept confidential.