[Foundation-l] Call for Wikimania Scholarship Applications

Isabell Long isabell121 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 19:32:25 UTC 2010

On 25 March 2010 18:51, Cary Bass <cary at wikimedia.org> wrote:
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> Isabell Long wrote:
>> On 24 March 2010 22:41, Cary Bass <cary at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> The call for applications for Wikimania Scholarships to attend
>>> Wikimania 2010 <https://wm10schols.wikimedia.org/>in Gdansk,
>>> Poland (July 9-11) is now open. The Wikimedia Foundation offers
>>> Scholarships to pay for selected individuals' round trip travel,
>>> accommodations, and registration at the conference.
>> I just noticed that! Wow! Is there any lower age limit for
>> Wikimania? I mean, do you have to be a certain age to attend? I
>> might well apply if that's not the case or I'm old enough (16) - it
>> is in Poland after all and I have never been to Poland, fascinating
>> country and for a Wikimedia conference as well - wow!
>> Thanks,
> There is not an age limit set for Wikimania as a whole. Essentially,
> anyone who is eligible for attendance is eligible for scholarship.
> People who are not of the age of majority in the country of
> citizenship will undoubtedly require their guardians' permission to
> travel, and if those people are considered by the scholarship
> committee, the committee will want to see that proof.

Yep, sure.  Thanks, good to know there's not an age limit!

> As far as the minimum age for attendance, the local team has not set
> any criteria. It should be considered that this criteria may be
> different for citizens of the host country to travel in the country
> than it is for non-Polish citizens. I don't know if being a citizen
> of an EU country makes a difference for minors traveling across borders.

I don't think there are any restrictions but then I am not overly
familiar with EU law.

> Past Wikimanias have seen scholarship recipients as young as 15 years
> of age; but the one I remember specifically also traveled with a
> guardian, who attended the conference as well. There may be other
> considerations involved in the host country with regards to liability
> that have to be taken into account when granting a scholarship to
> someone of that age.

Sure. If I come I will be travelling with a parent anyway.

> Ultimately, there are no restrictions on /applying/ for scholarship so
> you should feel free to apply. However, the application was designed
> to allow only for years that start with "19", so people born 2000 or
> later will have to contact us separately to apply.

Don't worry, I'm not quite *that* young.



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