Call for proposals - FuoriRotta



The project “FuoriRotta” is meant to encourage the reflection on the right to travel in this time of great contradiction between global communications on the one hand and increased borders on the other.

We firmly think that it is important now more than ever to emphasize the meaning of travelling as way of experiencing the knowledge of the Other, but also as a rendezvous of viewpoints and as an opportunity to open up our minds and overcome barriers.

We did it and we will do it by recounting our own travels and those of the travellers we’ve got in touch with, but we mostly want to do it by encouraging new “off-road” (“FuoriRotta”) travellers, who should be ready to undertake unconventional travel experiences and move towards unusual directions, in non-conformed ways and through unexpected lands and stories.

 Matteo Calore, Simone Falso e Andrea Segre


The call for proposals for the granting of support for the fulfilment of unconventional travels within the project “FuoriRotta” is aimed at identifying original travel projects, which are expected to be developed on free travel routes (any starting point and destination are possible) and supported by strong research motivations. The ideal candidates endeavour to cover a research path, which will lead them to become aware of the features of foreign cultures, customs and daily life and get directly to the heart of a socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental context, which is really different from their own backgrounds. The support granted to the selected projects will be defined according to the funds collected through the wider project “FuoriRotta”, entirely devoted to the issue of the right to travel and conceived as a development of Andrea Segre’s Diari di Viaggio (Travel Diaries) and latest journey to Kazakhstan. The search for young travellers and curious explorers of new routes will represent a fundamental step in the enhancement of “FuoriRotta”, since it will help investigate on the issue of travelling collectively and virally.


The call for proposals is addressed to men and women aged 18-30, with no nationality restrictions.

The application may be submitted individually or by a group of up to 5 travellers. In this second case, a member of the group will act as a contact person for the application’s submission and for the management of the group in case of selection. In case of particular and appropriately documented motivations, the Commission may select even projects submitted by a group of more than 5 travellers.

“FuoriRotta” will select, through its Jury, from a minimum of 5 up to a maximum of 20 projects.


Projects must be sent by e-mail to the address [email protected] no later than May 10th, 2015, 12.00 pm (Italian local time).

The selection will be made public on the website by June 10th, 2015, 12.00 pm (Italian local time).

The selected journeys will take place between July 1st, 2015 and October 1st, 2015 (possible changes may be allowed in case of special project conditions).

The journey duration is completely up to the candidates, but it must be well justified as explained under “Features of Eligible Projects”.


The so-called “FuoriRotta” journeys do not need long-distance destinations, but deep curiosity leading to experiences, people and cultures that are far from the candidates’ daily life from an anthropological or even environmental point of view. In this perspective, the accurate choice and description of the ways and means of travel will play an important role in the selection of the best projects since “FuoriRotta” endeavours to contrast the standard idea of packaged tours, where pseudo-travellers are forced to the reassuring but somehow motionless condition of being tourists. Therefore, slow transfers, either by land or by sea, will be preferred to fast commonly used means of transport. The choice of resting places and hospitality facilitations (or at least some hypothesis concerning these topics) will likewise play an important role for the Jury. In fact, the places where the travellers sleep, eat and have a break during their journeys often represent key points in the journey’s potentiality to serve as a vehicle for creating awareness about different cultures.

The duration of the journey will not be preconceived, but the candidates are expected to take particular care of the time of the experience – and not just of the one of the transfers – during the planning phase. At the same time, the economic sustainability of the journey should be taken into account carefully. The objective of the support granted by the project “FuoriRotta” to the selected project consists in fact in placing the travel experience, along with its sharing, at the very heart of the journeys, thus avoiding the preponderance of consumptions. Therefore, projects displaying reasonable and sustainable budgets, basing just on the specific and real necessities of the proposed travels, will be appreciated. The envisaged budgets may vary from 500.00 to 1,500.00 Euro, to be intended as a suggestion.


The projects must be developed in written format and have a maximum length of 8,000 characters (spaces included). All the documents needed must be submitted in digital format (word, txt) to the e-mail address [email protected]

The proposed projects must contain the following elements:

- Short presentation of the idea

- Motivation and expectations

- Description of the destination(s)

- Description of the route and of the travel modalities

- Indication and concise description of the places of rest and their specific category and features

- Identification of the narrative code in which the story is expected to be told (see point “Obligations of selected candidates”)

- Estimate budget

- Short CV of the proponent(s) (1 page)

Candidates may choose to enrich the presentation with up to 5 images, such as photographs, maps and / or drawings (.jpg format, max 2000 px wide), and a maximum of one audio-visual document (or even just audio or video), having a maximum duration of 5 minutes (.mov or .mpeg 720p).

All documents should be submitted either in Italian or English (if the audio-visual document is produced in a different language, subtitles in Italian or English are required).


The winning projects will be reviewed and selected by a Jury of five travellers and experts in the subject of travel of different ages and backgrounds. The names of the members and the President of the Jury will be published on the website by April 15th, 2015.


Selected applicants are expected to confirm their intention to make the proposed journey by June 15th, 2015 and must take on the commitment of producing some documentation materials describing the journey selected and supported by “FuoriRotta”, by using any expressive code and according to the schedule agreed upon before the departure. The travel stories produced and shared by the travellers may be published by “FuoriRotta” on the project’s official website or on the other communication channels and platforms connected to the project.