Wikicamp Nepal 2018/Scholarships

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Wikicamp Nepal 2018

Wikicamp Nepal 2018 (WCN) is a three day event for experienced and new Wikipedians of Nepal. The main objective of the event is to increase the Wikimedia offline activities in Nepal, develop skills of the new Wikipedians and bring together experienced and newbie Wikipedians. This brought together Wikipedians from Nepali, Maithili, Doteli, Newari (Nepal Bhasha), Bhojpuri, Sanskrit and Santali Community as well as 2 emerging Incubator communities - Awadhi and Marwari.
This is first event of its kind being held in Nepal and is intended to become an annual national flagship event for Wikipedia/Wikimedia in the country.

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Wikicamp Nepal 2018 (WCN 2018) is being held on 22nd, 23rd & 24th of November 2018 in Lahan, Province No.2, Nepal. WCN 2018 Scholarships Program is offering a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of selected individuals' travel, event[1] registration fee and accommodation.

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Important dates

The anticipated timeline for the WCN 2018 Scholarship Program is as follows:

  • Scholarship applications open:15 August 2018
  • Deadline for applying for scholarships: 14 September 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Applicants are notified about final decisions: 5 October 2018
  • The final list of recipients will be announced: 17 October 2018

Scholarship Details

  • Round trip travel
  • Shared accommodation
  • Wiki Camp Nepal registration fee

We expect to support maximum 25-28 individual scholarship holders.

Eligibility to apply scholarship

Any active contributors of Wikimedia Projects (Wikipedia, Incubator projects, Wiki Commons etc) with at least 200 contribution (edits) is considered eligible to apply for a scholarship. Specifically, an active contributors of Nepali, Maithili, Nepal Bhasha (Newari), Doteli, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit, Awadhi (Incubator project) and Marwari (Incubator project) wikip(m)edians are encourage to apply for the full/partial scholarship.

Selection Process

Phase-1: Eligibility assessment

All application will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee to check whether the application is eligible to pass (1) or fail (0) in accordance to the Phase-1 selection criteria.

Phase-2: In-depth evaluation

All application that pass Phase-1 will be reviewed in more details by the Scholarship Committee, with a minimum of 2 reviewers per application. Each reviewer will independently examine and score each application against the Phase-2 selection criteria, to reach a final score for each application.

Phase-3: Final approval

Based on the Phase-2 reviews, there will be an average final score generated for each applicants. The Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship ensuring the gender and language diversity.

Female participation- To ensure the gender diversity, minimum 4 to 5 female applicants will be awarded by the scholarship.
Language Communities- To make sure the participation from diverse communities, The active contributors based on the community size- Nepali, Maithili, Nepal Bhasha (Newari), Doteli, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit, Awadhi (Incubator project) and Marwari (Incubator project) will be awarded by the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Phase 1- Eligibility assessment

Application will fail Phase-1, if any of the following failing criteria apply:

  • The application consist of topic or content which is off- topic or abusive.
  • The applicant has failed to answer the questions on the application form.
  • The candidate has been permanently blocked or globally banned in any wikimedia projects.
  • The candidate has failed to demonstrate the contribution towards the Wikimedia movement.

Phase 2- In-depth evaluation

Each member of Scholarship committee will grade the applicants on a scale of 0-10 based on value addition regarding Collaboration, Leadership, Impact, and Potential. These will cover many aspects of one's activity as seen below:

  • Contribution to Wikimedia projects.
  • Demonstrated collaborated activities online and offline on Wikimedia projects.
  • Role within most active Wikimedia community (editor, sysop, bureaucrat, etc.,)
  • Offline work related to Wikimedia projects, including contests, collaborations, etc.
  • Demonstration of blogs, reports, etc. that show valuable contribution back to the community.
  • Role in organizing WCN 2018 and participation in WCN 2018.

Scholarship Committee


List of recipients (sorted in alphabetical order) approved to attend WCN2018 on scholarship.
We expect to support maximum 25-28 individual scholarship holders but lastly we have managed to support 35-37 individuals from our end.

S. No. Username Community City Travel via Attended?
1 Aasish Shah Maithili Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
2 Amrit Ghimire Ranjit English Wikipedia Pokhara Bus/Micro No (Absent)
3 Anisha Maharjan Nepal Bhasha Wikipedia Lalitpur Flight -
4 Anup Sadi - Dhaka - -
5 Bijay chaurasia Maithili Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
6 Biplab Anand Maithili Wikipedia Rajbiraj Bus/Micro -
7 bishaldev100 Nepali Wikipedia Lalitpur Flight -
8 BRPever Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Bus/Micro -
9 cherishsantosh - Bangalore Train -
10 Ganesh Paudel Nepali Wikipedia Itahari Bus/Micro -
11 Haribanshnp English Wikipedia Rajbiraj Bus/Micro -
12 Harry Paudyal Wikidata Kathmandu Bus/Micro -
13 Innocentbunny - Kolkata Train -
14 Janak Bhatta Doteli Wikipedia Lalitpur Flight -
15 KB Thakulla Doteli Wikipedia Mahendranagar Bus/Micro -
16 KCVelaga - Tenali Flight No (Absent)
17 Kiran Kumar Sah Maithili Wikipedia Rajbiraj Bus/Micro -
18 Komal Prasad Pokharel Nepali Wikipedia Surunga, Jhapa Bus/Micro -
19 Learnerktm Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Bus/Micro -
20 Nabin K. Sapkota Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
21 Nawaraj Ghimire Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
22 Neelatmg Nepali Wikipedia Dharan Bus/Micro -
23 Nilamkarn Maithili Wikipedia Rajbiraj Bus/Micro -
24 Nirajan pant Doteli Wikipedia Kathmandu Bus/Micro -
25 Nirjal stha Nepali Wikipedia Lalitpur Flight -
26 Nirmal Dulal Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
27 PANKAJ DEO Maithili Wikipedia Rajbiraj Bus/Micro -
28 Ram Prasad Joshee Nepali Wikipedia Haridwar Flight -
29 Ricky Partel Wikimedia Commons Kathmandu Bus/Micro No (Absent)
30 Satdeep Gill - Patiala Flight -
31 Shibu Murmu Santali Wikipedia Rajgadh, Jhapa Bus/Micro -
32 Sushma Sharma - Gurgaon Train -
33 Zeetendra Maithili Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
34 पर्वत सुबेदी Nepali Wikipedia Chitwan Bus/Micro -
35 श्रेष्ठ भूपेन्द्र Nepali Wikipedia Syangja Bus/Micro -
36 सरोज कुमार ढकाल Nepali Wikipedia Kathmandu Flight -
37 सृजना Nepali Wikipedia Itahari Bus/Micro -
38 हिमाल सुबेदी Nepali Wikipedia Bharatpur Bus/Micro -