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Wiki Indaba 2016, the 2nd annual African Conference of the Wikimedia movement is scheduled for early next year. The organizers will be offering limited number of scholarships to offset the cost for selected individuals to attend Wiki Indaba.


Important dates

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  • Scholarship application opens:14th November 2016
  • Deadline for applying for scholarships:30th November 2016
  • Applicants notified about final decision:3rd December, 2016
  • The list of scholarship recipients announced by:5th December,2016
  • Call for Submissions:10th December - 31st December 2016
  • Agenda finalised:8th January, 2017
  • Conference:20th - 22nd January 2017

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Types of scholarships[edit]

Full scholarship

  • Round trip
  • shared accommodation
  • Conference Fees

Partial scholarship

  • Shared accommodation
  • Conference fees

Eligibility to apply[edit]

Any African or active contributor to a Wikimedia project, or Wikimedia volunteer in any other capacity, with particular focus on Africa, 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.

Unlike in previous Indaba, 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.

Selection process[edit]

Applications will be vetted according to:

  • The number of edits and length of involvement in Wikimedia projects,
  • A motivation for inclusion in the conference,
  • Demonstrable experience in the aligned movement or experience with community activation, and
  • Future intentions for Wikipedia in your country

Selection criteria[edit]

All applications for Wiki Indaba scholarships are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The number of scholarship recipients will be allocated across the different delegate categories as follows:

  • Members of Wikimedia Usergroups and Planning groups from across Africa
  • Africa-based Wikipedians
  • Ghanaian based Wikipedians
  • While applications are categorised by region during the review process, a standardized review process will be applied to all applications, regardless of origin. This process involves two phases of review:

Phase 1[edit]

All applications will be reviewed by two or more reviewers, with each independently giving a score of zero (fail) or one (pass) on an application-by-application basis using the phase one selection criteria. All applications which are passed by three or more reviewers will pass phase one; applications which are passed by two or fewer reviewers will fail phase one and shall not be given further consideration in phase two. All applicants will be notified by e-mail on whether their application has passed or failed once this phase of review is completed.

Phase 2[edit]

All remaining applications will be reviewed in more detail by a minimum of three reviewers each. Each reviewer will independently review and score the application against the phase two selection criteria, in order to give each application a total score.

Phase 3[edit]

The Scholarship Committee, in close collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation, will determine the total budget available and how this will be distributed to each region, with estimations made on how much money a particular recipient will require (for example, someone attending Wiki Indaba 2017 from Ghana will require less resources than someone attending from Italy). Applications will be ranked using phase two scores on a region-by-region basis; those receiving the highest scores in each region, by default, will be the recipients of scholarships. In the event of identical or very similar scores between applicants, those that have not previously received a scholarship will be favoured over those that have, and those that received a scholarship many years ago will be favoured over those that received one in recent years. Further adjustments between high scoring applications may also be made to ensure there is fair distribution between countries in each region. Following the completion of phase three, a decision will be issued by e-mail to all remaining applicants as to whether their application has been successful or has been declined. Those with successful applications are given the opportunity to confirm their attendance at Wiki Indaba 2017 and their acceptance of the awarded scholarship

Activity within Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations or initiatives (50% of total score)[edit]

Activity within Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations such as chapters or initiatives indicates that an applicant will add value to Wiki Indaba through the experiences and knowledge they have gained from contributing. Examples of online activities include writing articles, uploading images and dealing with vandalism. Examples of offline activities include participating in outreach events, involvement in the training and attending meetups. Applicants are encouraged to write about both their online and offline experiences within their application.

0 = Not a participant, with no involvement in any Wikimedia project, affiliate organisations or initiative.
2 = Very low level participant, with very occasional involvement; no notable impact on any Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations or initiatives.
4 = Low level participant, with occasional involvement; a small and narrow overall impact on Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations and initiatives.
6 = Mid level participant, with continued involvement; a moderate overall impact on Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations and initiatives.
8 = High level participant, with dedication; a high and diverse overall impact on Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations and initiatives.
10 = Very high level participant, with exceptional dedication; a very high and very diverse overall impact on Wikimedia projects, affiliate organisations and initiatives.

Enrichment to community(30% of total score)[edit]

The ability to share experiences and information with a wider community indicates that the applicant, if awarded a scholarship, would be able to bring those experiences or lessons learned at Wikimania back home, thereby enriching their home wiki community or home country. Applicants are encouraged to write about or provide examples demonstrating this ability; a few examples could be on-wiki reports, personal blog posts, or talks/presentations given about what they learned from an event, conference, or discussion

0 = Have not shown or demonstrated ability to share experiences with a broader community after attending Wiki Indaba.
2 = No clear and demonstrable ability to share experiences with a broader community after attending Indaba.
4 = Shown limited demonstrable ability to share experiences with a broader community after attending Wiki Indaba.
6 =Shown moderate demonstrable abiliy to share experiences with a broader community after attending Wiki Indaba.
8 =Shown strong ability to share experiences with a broader community after attending Wiki Indaba.
10 = Very strong and demonstrable ability to share experiences with a broader community after attending Wiki Indaba.

Personal investment in the Wikimedia movement(20% of total score)[edit]

Personal investment in the Wikimedia movement indicates that an applicant will be able to make a significant contribution to Wiki Indaba and get the most out of any scholarship awarded to them. Applicants are encouraged to write about why Wiki Indaba is of interest to them, how they intend to participate in the conference,and what they expect to take away from it all – whether that be at a personal level or for the benefit of the Wikimedia and the free culture movement. It should be noted that answers will be critically analysed during the review process – claims that are modest and realistic will gain more credit than those that are unrealistic or clearly exaggerated.

0 = No expressed interest in the Wikimedia movement; no relevant explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.
2 = No clear interest in the Wikimedia movement; non-thoughtful or generic explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.
4 = Limited interest in the Wikimedia movement; vague or likely unrealistic explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.
6 = Moderate interest in the Wikimedia movement; some developed and moderately realistic explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.
8 = Strong interest in the Wikimedia movement; many developed and likely realistic explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.
10 = Very strong interest in the Wikimedia movement; many exceptionally well developed and clearly realistic explanations as to why the applicant is interested in attending Wiki Indaba.

Questions[edit]

For more information about the Wiki Indaba 2017 Scholarships Programme, please email wikiindabateam@googlegroups.com

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