[OSM-talk] State of the Map 2019 - Scholarships, review team and criteria

Dorothea Kazazi dorothea at osmfoundation.org
Sun Mar 24 17:49:01 UTC 2019


The OpenStreetMap Foundation [1], which supports the project and
organises the annual State of the Map conference [2], offers financial
assistance to people who would like to attend State of the Map. To apply
for a scholarship/grant to attend State of the Map 2019 which will take
place in Heidelberg, Germany (September 21 – 23), please read

# Review team and criteria
We expect to receive around 150-200 applications. In order to set up the
SotM 2019 team that will review the scholarship applications, we decided
to contact past scholars who might want to be involved in the process.

* Twelve persons will review the applications (Thanks!). All people who
replied or self-volunteered were included.
* Eleven are past scholars.
* Four are women.
* Four volunteered to help without/prior to being contacted.

# Geographic distribution of review team nationalities:
* 4 Africa
* 4 Asia-Pacific
* 4 Europe

# Criteria for reviewing the applications:
Here’s a list of factors that the team will consider when reviewing the

* Is the applicant part of an under-represented minority group?
* Are they from an under-represented location?
* Are they contributing to OSM in a substantial way? (Not only
OpenStreetMap edits, but contributed to wiki and documentation,
trainers, developers).
* Have they applied previously and not gotten a scholarship?
* Do they have a unique story or experience to share?
* Are they in a position to share their SotM experience with a larger group?
* Will their attendance benefit their local community in some way?
* How difficult will their visa application be?
* How will attending State of the Map benefit them and OpenStreetMap?

# Stats so far
We received a good number of applications from Africa and South Asia. We
would be happy to receive many applications from other regions too.
Please spread the word to your local community if you can :)

You can submit or update your application before the 30th of March.

If you have any enquiries, feel free to send an email to
scholar-sotm at openstreetmap.org
Thank you.

warm greetings,


[1] https://wiki.osmfoundation.org
[2] https://stateofthemap.org

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