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Latest comment: 11 years ago by CT Cooper in topic 1st update sent to applicants (20 March)

For more information about the Wikimania 2013 Scholarships Program, please visit the Questions & Answers page. If your question is not answered there, please leave a message here or contact .

How register to participate?

Is it necessary to register myself to can participate? I want to go there, I am very interested to participate. Please, answer me. Thanks. --Humberto del Torrejón (talk) 01:13, 24 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Yes, every participant has to register. Either ahead (encouraged) or on-site. You will be able to find more information on the Registration page during the time.
Danny B. 04:45, 24 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Connection is untrusted

Received the following from Firefox on the application form link:

"This Connection is Untrusted

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure. Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified. What Should I Do? If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue." ProfessorTofty (talk) 17:58, 26 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Could you please tell us which version of Firefox are you using, including a screenshot, and URL?--Simon Shek/石 (talk) 09:44, 28 January 2013 (UTC)Reply
The problem appears to no longer be happening, at least on the computer that I am using now. I was using a computer at the library where I work before. If I get the chance, I will test it on there again and see if the problem comes up again, but if not, I guess we can assume the issue has resolved itself. ProfessorTofty (talk) 11:44, 28 January 2013 (UTC)Reply
Same here. Using FF18. Rehman 11:53, 16 February 2013 (UTC)Reply


Are they single sex? Are they suitable for people with disabilities? 09:16, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

They're single sex in a room. --Simon Shek/石 (talk) 15:35, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Fluency of English language (10% of total score)

About the second point here:

2 = An elementary understanding of the English language, with many significant difficulties
in the command of non-technical language
1 = A highly elementary understanding of the English language, with extreme difficulties
in the command of non-technical language

The term highly elementary understanding sounds not so common to me as foreign en-user.
May be limited elementary understanding could be a better choice? 16:58, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

I've changed it to "very limited understanding" to reduce confusion. Deryck Chan (talk) 17:49, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I think that's a better phrasing. CT Cooper · talk 14:54, 2 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Passport question

Hi, all! I've got a quick question.

In the application, it asks "Do you have a current passport? (Y/N)". What should I respond if I'm in the process of applying for a passport? ~ Matthewrbowker Make a comment! 21:57, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

I've received an answer on IRC. ~ Matthewrbowker Make a comment! 23:04, 31 January 2013 (UTC)Reply
Just as a side note, the answer an applicant gives to this question does not make any difference to the score reviewers will give, so users shouldn't feel deterred if they don't have a passport. CT Cooper · talk 15:19, 2 February 2013 (UTC)Reply


Scholarships across the regions needs to be clarified. Is Czech and Poland East Europe? It is by UN, but not by CIA. It's not clear as South and North America and you should choose a source of data. 04:17, 2 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

It is not essential for applicants to know which region they are in, and in the meantime I'm happy to inform users which region a country is in on request. There were plans to add a map with the regions on - I'm no good with maps, but others on the committee may do so if they have a spare moment.
In answer to your questions, both the Czech Republic and Poland fall into the "Rest of Europe". North America is Canada and the United States; Central & South America is the Caribbean, Mexico and everything south of there. CT Cooper · talk 15:15, 2 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Not to be picky or anything, but what IS "East Europe" then? ShenMi MeiRen (talk) 08:39, 6 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Actually, the Asian-European border goes through Russia (often considered to be at the Ural Mountains), a long way to the east of Poland and the Czech Republic, so there are plenty of space for Eastern Europe to exist while still considering Poland the Czech Republic to be in Western Europe, although I must emphasise that some countries in this region are purely in Asia. Countries which are in the East Europe & Central Asia region include: Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia. CT Cooper · talk 11:02, 6 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Partial Scholarship : The reimbursment

Hi! Paypal doesn't support my country and it is written in the "scholarship page" that reimbursments are proccessed via Paypal. If the scholarship committee accepted me in the Partial scholarship, How the reimbursment is proccessed in my case? -- 10:07, 5 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

It doesn't have to be done by PayPal; nowhere on Scholarships does it say reimbursements will be done via PayPal. Last year, partial scholarship reimbursements were performed via wire transfer. Deryck Chan (talk) 17:35, 5 February 2013 (UTC)Reply


Good day, when trying to submit the filled scholarship application form, I get an MySQL error. Amqui (talk) 21:34, 8 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hi there, please give us the details of the error, including the error message you got. Have you tried resubmitting and see if it worked? Deryck Chan (talk) 23:46, 8 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
I have tried several times this day, but it worked today, so I can't copy the exact error message I had. Thanks, Amqui (talk) 06:31, 10 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. Deryck Chan (talk) 15:41, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Is "Too many connection"? --W.F. Siu (talk) 18:01, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Attaching presentation to already submitted scholarship request

Hi! Is there a possibility to associate a presentation to an already submitted scholarship request? I am still working on it, and the submission deadline is April, while scholarship submission deadline is 22 February. 08:37, 14 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Simply put the title of your planned submission in the appropriate field of the scholarship application form. If you wish, you can create a submission page with only some basic information and complete the submission later. Deryck Chan (talk) 12:17, 14 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
My problem is that I have already submitted the scholarship application. 16:03, 14 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
In that case, please send an e-mail to a member of the Scholarship Committee or to giving the information you wish to add to your application plus your first and last name. CT Cooper · talk 08:27, 15 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the info! 09:23, 15 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Travel booking with scholarship

Full scholarship recipients may use the travel booking service recommended by the Wikimedia Foundation which is paid for directly by the Wikimedia Foundation. What does this exactly mean? The WMF will book the flights or tell me which airline to contact and then...? Teemeah (talk) 15:45, 22 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

some questions regarding grant application

a. since my main activity is in Hebrew - should I write down my hebrew username as it is in hebrew script ? Similarly, how am I supposed to detail or refer to hebrew articles and initiatives done in this language ?

b. I'm not completely familiar with the concept of 'chapter member', and would like to know more about it, as well as participating in one.

Comment: I suppose this is the right place to ask supplementary questions rather the in the FAQs page. I think the fact that the latter page is open to editing can confuse people who just want to ast something, rather than edit it. Thanks, BentzyCo (talk) 19:16, 22 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

I'm afraid applications have now closed. However, in answer to your questions - you should have given the username you have most of your contributions on and mention any others somewhere in your application. Although applications should normally be in English, Hebrew articles and initiatives can be referred and linked to, preferably with a brief explanation of what they are in the application itself. Information on chapters can be found at meta:Wikimedia chapters - this was only mentioned as an example on the form in order to get applicants thinking.
Yes this is the correct place to ask questions. The frequently asked questions page was created to answer frequently asked questions about the process, not for answering new questions. CT Cooper · talk 07:32, 24 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Correcting First Name and Option to partial scholarship

Question One: Is there possibilities to edit the typo error of the applicant name, if so contact to whom? I am afraid some of the Airline do not accept any misspelling on the Air Ticket.

Question Two: Is there possibilities re-choose the Partial Scholarship option, if one has applied only for the Full Scholarship? If the applicant financial situation has changed !!Hteink.min (talk) 17:19, 20 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Could you please send us an email at with your registered name and correct name? --Simon Shek/石 (talk) 18:29, 20 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

1st update sent to applicants (20 March)

For transparency of the process, could you please add to this page that update is sent to applicants on 20 March? Perhaps, add this extra information too: "About 700 applications (from more than 1200 applicants) have made it to Phase 2." --Taweetham (talk) 01:06, 21 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

I have added this information and looked up the exact numbers - previously only applicants who failed to pass phase one were notified, however following feedback it was decided that those that passed would also be updated. Phase two decisions are in progress and will be released as soon as practical, hopefully in around early April. CT Cooper · talk 13:54, 21 March 2013 (UTC)Reply