What does ‘nagyapapa’ mean? Nagypapa is the Hungarian word for grandfather.

Why nagypapa? The Nagypapa Foundation was founded in the memory of Laszlo Czapary (1916-2003) by his grandson Salah Czapary.

Who can apply? Anyone between the ages of 18-35, regardless of ones educational or professional background. 

What type of trips do we fund? That really depends on who applies. We expect to fund a broad range of trips because everyone’s education is different. Our organization seeks to fill in the gaps in study abroad funding by eliminating eligibility requirements and instead allowing YOU to make the case for what you need the funding for in relation to your specific educational goals.

What do we mean by experiential travel & education? We mean study abroad programs, internships, skill based courses, language immersion, volunteering, teaching, work-study, apprenticeships, conferencing, to name a few. Education comes in all forms and we fund it all.

Do I have to be attending a formal program? Your specific education goals may require you to design your own trip. All well designed proposals will be considered, regardless if they are self-designed, through a formal program or a combination of both. 

Is there an advantage to self-designing my trip? There could be. If you’ve sought out opportunities and just need some financial help getting to where you need to be, you’re already on your way to a solid proposal!  For example, perhaps you have found a volunteer opportunity that provides food and housing and you just need help with airfare, or perhaps you’ve already received a scholarship for tuition at a language immersion program, but you need a housing allowance. Or perhaps you have found an internship and you need help with airfare, housing and food, no worries! We offer grants of up to $5,000 for a reason, and the advantage of self-designing a program is that you can often make the money go further and we can then fund more people. The disadvantage is, if you are trying to get university credit, that you may have to do some more footwork to get your university to recognize your abroad experience. 

What is the maximum amount of the grants you offer? We offer grants of up to $5,000, but you can apply for lesser amounts. 

 How much money do I need to personally contribute if I am funded? As any seasoned traveller will tell you, there are always unexpected expenses that will arise while one is travelling. For this reason, the Nagypapa Foundation expects applications to consider ways to raise their own funds for this purpose and will work with each applicant that is selected for funding in order to ensure they are well prepared for their journey financially and otherwise.

Do I have to do anything in return for being funded? Yes, part of your application will include a proposal regarding how you can help us expand our program. Ideas include being active on social media during your travels, helping growing our network with people you meet during your travels, helping with fundraising & outreach and giving presentations based on your experience abroad, 

Is there an application fee? Yes, there is a $25 application fee per application. 

What if I can't afford the application fee? Certainly we don't want money to be a barrier to applying. If you cannot afford the application fee, contact us at info@nagypapa.org and we will work with you to ensure you are able to apply. 

I live outside the United States, can I still apply? Yes, however at this time we only accept applications in English. 

Do you fund domestic trips?  Yes.