Quick answers to your questions

  1. What is AAO Hostels Travel Fellowship 2.0?

AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 is the second edition of AAO Hostels Flagship project. This is a unique fellowship created to create a backpacking culture in India. In this fellowship we identify some of the best writers and videographers to fund them to travel. Via 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.

You can see the stories of Fellowship 1.0 here.

  1. Do I get to pick my own route?

No. The destinations are Pre-defined. However, while exploring a destination, like a pilot on cruise, certain decisions will be left with the fellow on the ground.

  1. How many applicants will be selected?

For monsoon edition, a total of 12 fellows will be selected. However it can change based on unavoidable circumstances.  

  1. Can I submit group applications?

No. We’re inviting only Individual applications.

  1. What is the selection criteria?

First, one has to be above the age of 18. We have a panel of experts/editors who will Judge your skills of writing, videography, photography and nose to the ground (research skills). Some weightage will also be given to the voting process (dates will be notified soon). We also encorage you to share and discuss travel topics on AAO Travel Tribe’s Facebook Group so the Judges get to know your ideology beyond what has already been asked in the application form. 

  1. What is the deadline?

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

  1. Is the travel paid for?

Yes! It’s a fully paid fellowship. Your Stay, food, and point to point travel expenses will be reimbursed and of course there some simple conditions and caps. The travel will start (and end) from the following cities – Delhi, Leh, Varanasi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Ahmedabad, Indore, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Siliguri.

  1. Who can apply?

If you are between 18 and 40 years of age with a zeal of capturing your travel in words or frames, you are at the right place.

  1. What is the duration of travel?

We are looking for people who can travel at least 4 days at a stretch. Depending on the destination and the complexity involved, the travel can extend upto 8 days.

  1. Whom do I contact for details?

Contact Us page.

  1. How will I become a member of AAO Travel Tribe?

One can become a member of AAO Travel tribe by filling up simple form.

While you are filling up the form for fellowship, you’ll by default become a member of AAO Travel Tribe. Your membership ID will be sent to you within a week of filling up your application form. All rights to grant or deny the Tribe membership to any applicant lies with team AAO.

  1. What are the benefits of AAO Travel Tribe?

By joining the tribe, you 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 more!

  1. Can I end my fellowship at a different location?

Yes.You need to plan and notify the organisers before you start the travel fellowship. However, the reimbursement will be given with respect to the closest city from origin / destination as is pre-agreed upon.

  1. What if I want to quit the fellowship in between?

Please sign up to the travel only if you are certain. In unforeseen circumstance, you may quit the fellowship in between. You will have to reimburse all the expenses to Aao Hostels.

  1. What if I fail to submit deliverable on time?

The idea behind this fellowship is to create and share some awesome Backpacking Content. And the purpose is defeated if the deliverable deadlines are not met. In such a scenario, we will consider your participation as null and void, and no reimbursements shall be made towards any amount incurred by you towards your fellowship expenses.

16. How many forms to fill for final selection?

There are 2 forms which has to be filled back to back. The first one is to join AAO Travel Tribe and the second is to apply for AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0. 

17. What if I fail to fill AAO Travel Fellowship 2.0 form? Where do I find the link for this second form?

In this case, we will send you the link privately to second form. Please write us at travel@aaohostels.com with your registered e-mail ID, name, and subject, “Missed Form 2 Link”