Student Grants

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GRASS GIS offers a limited number of student grants for projects related to GRASS GIS. These can include actual coding, bug fixing, or documentation and the creation of educational resources.


To apply for a grant, a student must:

  • be eighteen (18) years of age or older upon application;
  • be enrolled into a post-secondary academic program, as of the beginning of the grant; [following rules in GSoC 2021]
  • [really necessary?] for the duration of the grant, be eligible to work in the country in which they reside;
  • and not be a GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee (PSC) member

In addition, the student has to

  • have had at least one GitHub pull request accepted before the application concerning GRASS GIS code or documentation;
  • have the agreement of an active member of the GRASS GIS community to mentor the student's work.

Additional criteria

  • Students that are already active in the community have a better chance of obtaining a grant.
  • There is no limit on how many times a student can apply or receive the grant.
  • There are no special rules for former GSoC students. Former GSoC students are eligible to this grant as well, as long as they still fulfill the above criteria.

Nature of the grant

  • In 2021, GRASS GIS offers a total of 2000€ of grants.
  • The maximum per grant is 1000€. Grant requests can be for lower amounts.
  • The time to complete the work should be maximum 2 months, but much shorter projects are clearly possible.

How to apply

Students should send an email to with the following content:

  • proof of eligibility (age, student status, link to accepted GRASS GIS PR, mail by active community member confirming mentorship)
  • a one-page description of the proposed work
  • a calendar of activities and deliverables
  • a budget proposal

For the current call, applications have to be received by Nov 30, 2021 24:00 UTC the latest.

Approval process

Grants are evaluated and approved by the GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee within two weeks after the deadline.

Grant payment

Grants are paid in two amounts:

  • 50% at the beginning of the work phase
  • 50% after reception and approval of the final report by the PSC

Final report

The final report should be written in the [GRASS GIS wiki ? till when?] by the student. When finished, the student send an email to [XYZ] to announce the end of the work. The final report should include:

  • A description of the state of affairs before the work
  • A description of the work done

A link to the final report should be sent to the grass-dev and grass-psc mailing lists (requires subscription to these mailing lists).