WikiCite grants available

WikiCite is an initiative to develop and support open citations and linked bibliographic data to serve free knowledge, especially using Wikimedia platforms. The steering committee is pleased to offer two categories of grants which support these goals. The application deadline is 1 October 2020, and projects must be completed by 1 May 2021.

Project & Event grants

Grants to the value of $2,000 to $10,000 (USD equivalent) are available to individuals, groups, and organisations with a project that supports the goals of Wikicite. All the details, the eligibility criteria, and the application form are available on the WikiCite project & event grants homepage.

Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply, and projects may be of any nature. This includes technical (e.g. software, tools), event (online, or in-person), resources (training materials, documentation), or other forms not mentioned – as long as it supports the goals of WikiCite.

An example of a WikiCite supported project:
Author score for SARS-CoV-2. Visualised by Wikidata Query service, via Scholia. CC0

e-Scholarships

The e-scholarship program is a new kind of grant in Wikimedia, created in response to the 2030 Movement strategy recommendations to “provide for safety and inclusion” and “ensure equity in decision making” – all in an of COVID-19 quarantines.

An e-scholarship provides a per-diem equivalent allowance for 1-5 people to stay at their home(s) and work for 2-4 days on a project supporting the mission of WikiCite. e-scholarship recipients’ projects can be the kinds of things they might have previously undertaken at an in-person hackathon, unconference, or research trip. All the details, eligibility criteria, program principles, and the application form are available on the WikiCite e-scholarships homepage.

Funding will:

  • be provided in advance;
  • be calculated at the WMF per-diem rate for the city where the e-scholarship recipient lives;
  • and – as it is a living allowance – not require recipients to submit expense reports.

“Remote group” applications are encouraged, as are projects which focus on content or communities which are historically underrepresented in Wikimedia projects. Building a bot, fixing a tool, wrangling a dataset, writing complete documentation… all are valid e-scholarship projects. A confirmation letter (in advance) and/or participation certificate (afterwards) can also be provided.

WikiCite operates with the financial support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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