APPLY: Wikimedia Foundation Scholarships Program

Wikimedia Foundation Scholarships Program

Brief Description

Wikimania 2017, the 13th annual international conference of the Wikimedia movement, is being held August 9-13, 2017 in Montréal, Canada. The Wikimedia Foundation Scholarships Program is offering a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of selected individuals’ travel, conference registration fee, and accommodation to attend Wikimania using funding provided by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF).


Any active contributor to a Wikimedia project, or Wikimedia volunteer in any other capacity, from anywhere in the world, is considered eligible for a scholarship. As the program supports volunteer participation, individuals whose participation is tied to paid work are not eligible for a scholarship, including paid or contract staff of any Wikimedia organization. Part-time staff, interns, and working students are excluded from this rule.

Unlike in previous years, activity within the Wikimedia movement will be the main criteria for evaluation. Participation in non-Wikimedia free knowledge, free software, collaborative, or educational initiatives is a plus but is no longer a requirement; individuals who solely contribute to such areas are no longer encouraged to apply.

Important dates

The anticipated timeline for the WMF Scholarship Program is as follows:

  • Scholarship applications open: 06 January 2017
  • Deadline for applying for scholarships: 20 February 2017 23:59 UTC
  • Phase 1 eligibility assessment by the WMF: Late February 2017
  • Applicants are notified about Phase 1 decisions: Early March 2017
  • Phase 2 in-depth evaluations by the Scholarship committee: March 2017
  • Applicants are notified about final decisions: by early April 2017
  • The final list of recipients is announced May 1, 2017


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