The Wikipedia Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary project led by Wiki Education to train academic scholars to contribute content expertise to Wikipedia. The general public uses Wikipedia to seek answers, learn about issues important to them, and make behavioral decisions. One alumni of the program said, "We are the 'experts' and as such, we should use our expertise for the greater good." We believe scholars who bring their understanding of complex issues to Wikipedia can empower the public to participate fully as citizens.
We are launching several new cohorts this summer, the first three beginning the week of June 4th, 2018, and we welcome you to apply to any cohort relevant to your area of study. This program will last four months, ending the week of Sept. 24th.
Two cohorts will improve articles that are relevant to the upcoming midterm elections. If you're interested in working on articles related to congressional districts, underrepresented communities in government, political parties, issues relevant to voters, fake news and propaganda, candidates, etc., we're interested in teaching you how to be painstakingly nonpartisan while adding scholarly information to Wikipedia.
The other cohort will focus on any academic topic related to Fellows' areas of expertise/interest. Past Fellows created or expanded the articles about masculinity, LGBT conservatism in the United States, body horror, women's studies, and black science fiction. We invite all academics to apply to these cohorts and learn how to evaluate Wikipedia's coverage of your area of expertise so you can fill in content gaps.
You can find more information on these cohorts below in the application.
We will announce details of additional cohorts soon. They will begin later this summer (July, August, September). If this first round does not work for you for any reason, you can let us know in our application if you want to be considered for a later cohort.
Participants will learn to contribute to Wikipedia, receiving guidance and support as they make contributions.
-No experience with Wikipedia is required.-Participants are asked to commit 3 hours/week, including training and group meetings.-Wiki Education will provide training, guidance, and support throughout the process, using video conferences and instant messaging software - both free.-Participants will make significant contributions to at least two Wikipedia articles by the end of the program.-Fellows will fill out short surveys in the beginning and end of the program, and Wiki Education may ask Fellows to write one reflective blog post (on wikiedu.org) about their experience.-For more information, visit http://wikiedu.org/wikipedia-fellows/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This application should take about 15 minutes to complete. Responses will be visible only to members of Wiki Education staff and representatives from your association.
*******Please complete this application by Friday, May 25th by midnight. You will hear back from us by May 29th. Thank you!*******