Aspiring journalists will want to look into this contest from The New York Times. Open to current undergraduate or graduate students (including those who will graduate in June), who are at least 18 years of age or older, and who are enrolled in an American college or university, it offers an expenses-paid trip to the developing world with Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kristof, Op-Ed and TimesSelect columnist.
Grand prize package includes a $1,000 stipend, a round-trip airplane ticket, all trip-related meals, lodging and transportation, plus the chance to submit for possible publication a regular report in the TimesSelect section of NYTimes.com and in the New York Times newspaper. There's NO FEE to apply. The application deadline is April 12.
Application includes a 700-word essay explaining "why you would like to go on a reporting trip to the developing world with Nick Kristof and what in your background is relevant, along with your completed application, names of at least two references (at least one of whom is a faculty member) and any supporting documentation including writing samples and photographs." Finalists will have to mail their official transcripts to the contest partner's address. Note: submissions become property of The New York Times Company and will not be returned. Read the full rules, plus a letter from Nick Kristof, at the Web site.
(Thanks to the wonderful Practicing Writer who alerted me to this contest.)