WikiConference North America 2018 will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on October 18-21! We're pleased to be able to offer $500 scholarships to offset the travel and/or lodging expenses of select attendees to this conference.
- Eligibility: Any Wikimedian who lives in North America and actively contributes to a Wikimedia project.
- Applications Open: July 13, 2018
- Application Deadline: August 15, 2018
- Notification of awards: August 31, 2018
- Notification of acceptance from recipient: Due September 7, 2018
Phase One: Eligibility
Applications will fail Phase One if any of the following apply:
- The candidate is currently banned by any Wikimedia project and does not have significant contributions to other Wikimedia projects.
- The candidate has been globally banned from Wikimedia projects.
- The candidate has been banned from any Wikimedia event under the Safe Space Policy.
- The application entirely or primarily consists of content which is off-topic or abusive.
- The application fails the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) requirement, a provision in the fiscal sponsorship agreement with the WMF for anyone potentially receiving funds from this grant.
- The applicant has failed to make a reasonable effort to answer the questions on the application form.
- The applicant has failed to demonstrate any significant Wikimedia contributions or activities which may merit the awarding of a scholarship.
Examples of "significant Wikimedia contributions or activities" are as follows:
- Active contributor to a Wikimedia project (e.g. Wikipedia, Commons, or Wikisource), with at least 500 contributions (edits)
- Organizer of Wikimedia events (e.g. Wiki Loves Monuments, edit-a-thons, etc.)
- Mediawiki code contributor, gadget or other tool-builder for Wikimedia projects
- Wikimedia Foundation Grantee or Researcher
- Wikimedia Administrator, CheckUser, Bureaucrat, Steward, or OTRS volunteer
Phase Two: In-depth
Each reviewer will grade the applicants on a scale of 0 to 10 based on value addition regarding Collaboration, Leadership, Impact, and Potential. These will cover many aspects of one's activity as noted below:
- Contributions to Wikimedia projects
- Demonstrated collaborative activities (either online and offline) related to Wikimedia projects
- Offline work related to Wikimedia projects, including contests, weekly collaborations, etc.
- Blog posts, reports, social media management, etc., that demonstrate a valuable contribution to the community.
- Event participation (paper, talk, workshop, hackathon, panel, discussion, poster, etc.)
- Role within most active Wikimedia community (editor, administrator, bureaucrat, etc.)