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WikiConference USA 2015 • Washington, D.C.

The second annual WikiConference USA will be held on October 9–11, 2015 at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, DC. WikiConference USA is pleased to offer scholarships to offset the travel costs of select attendees. Scholarships will cover round-trip travel, accommodations, and some daily living expenses.

  • Scholarship applications open: July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM EDT
  • Application deadline: August 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM EDT
  • Notification date:

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Eligibility

Any active contributor to a Wikimedia project and/or Wikimedia volunteer in any other capacity is considered eligible. Participants in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative and/or educational initiatives are also encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applications from the United States, although non-U.S. applicants may apply as well.

Selection criteria

Selection Criteria
Number-1 (dark green).png Activity in the Wikimedia movement
Number-2 (dark green).png Activity outside the Wikimedia movement
Number-3 (dark green).png Future goals for participating in the Wikimedia movement

The Scholarship Committee will review scholarship applications and assess candidates based on a standardized set of criteria. Applicants will be assessed in three general areas:

(A) Current/historic level of participation in the Wikimedia movement (50% of total score)
(B) Current/historic level of participation in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative and/or educational initiatives (15% of total score)
(C) Future goals for participating in the Wikimedia movement (35% of total score)

Activity within the Wikimedia movement (50%)

Applicants who are active within the Wikimedia movement are highly engaged editors and community members who will add value to WikiConference USA through their experience, knowledge, and dedication in online and offline activities. To highlight this, applicants should write about their experiences participating in online Wikimedia activities (such as editing) and offline Wikimedia activities (such as chapter activities, meetups, GLAM, and Campus Ambassador programs).

Scoring Rubric: Activity within the Wikimedia movement
Number-4 (black).png Very high level participant, defined by continued involvement and high impact in two or more Wikimedia projects, affiliate organizations, or initiatives.
Number-3 (black).png High level participant, defined by continued involvement and high impact in one or more Wikimedia projects, affiliate organizations, or initiatives.
Number-2 (black).png Mid level participant, defined by continued involvement and average impact in one or more Wikimedia projects, affiliate organizations, or initiatives.
Number-1 (black).png Low level participant, defined by relatively new account, few edits, and little or no involvement in any Wikimedia project or initiative.
Not a participant, defined by a brand new account, or almost no edits, and no involvement in any Wikimedia project or initiative.

Activity outside the Wikimedia movement (15%)

Applicants who are active outside the Wikimedia movement are individuals who have shown potential to add value to the Wikimedia projects and movement, who can enhance and build on this potential at WikiConference USA, and who can disseminate what they learn at the conference to their respective communities. These participants may exhibit qualities of innovation and participation in other aspects of the free culture/open source movement.

Relevant activity outside of the Wikimedia movement can include activities relating to information and communication technologies for development, free software, educational institutions, GLAM institutions, and so forth. If applicable, applicants can write about their experiences with other comparable organizations.

Scoring Rubric: Activity outside the Wikimedia movement
Number-4 (black).png High level participant, defined by involvement in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative or educational initiative with very high potential to benefit Wikimedia.
Number-3 (black).png Mid to high level participant, defined by involvement in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative or educational initiative with high potential to benefit Wikimedia.
Number-2 (black).png Mid level participant, defined by involvement in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative or educational initiative with some potential to benefit Wikimedia.
Number-1 (black).png Low level new participant, defined by involvement in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative or educational initiative with low potential to benefit Wikimedia.
Not a participant, defined by no involvement in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative or educational initiatives.

Future goals for participating in the Wikimedia movement (35%)

Applicants are expected to have concrete goals for how attendance at WikiConference USA will impact their future involvement in the Wikimedia movement. Applicants should expound upon why they are interested in attending the conference, what input they can bring to it, and what they hope to glean from it.

Scoring Rubric: Future goals for participating in the Wikimedia movement
Number-4 (black).png Very strong desire to be involved with the Wikimedia movement going forward; specific, concrete ideas for how applicant's unique skills, styles, and interests can be incorporated into and enhance the Wikimedia movement.
Number-3 (black).png Strong desire to be involved with the Wikimedia movement going forward; a few less developed ideas about how applicant's unique skills, styles, and interests can be incorporated into and enhance the Wikimedia movement.
Number-2 (black).png Some desire to be involved with the Wikimedia movement going forward; vague and under-developed ideas for how applicant's unique skills, styles, and interests can be incorporated into and enhance the Wikimedia movement.
Number-1 (black).png Low or unclear desire to be involved with the Wikimedia movement going forward; unclear and non-thoughtful ideas for how applicant's unique skills, styles, and interests can be incorporated into and enhance the Wikimedia movement.
No anticipated involvement with Wikimedia in the future.