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]
- 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 concerning GRASS GIS code or documentation before the application;
- have the agreement of an active member of the GRASS GIS community to mentor the student's work.
- 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. They are eligible to this grant as well, as long as they still fulfill the above criteria.
Nature of the grant
- In 2022, GRASS GIS will offer a total of 3000€ 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. It will mostly depend on the student's availability.
How to apply
Students should submit their proposals through the GRASS GIS wiki and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to notify of their application (i.e., link to the wiki page with the proposal). See here for a previous round. The email should contain:
- proof of eligibility (age, student status, link to accepted GRASS GIS PR, mail by active community member confirming mentorship)
The wiki page should contain:
- applicant's name
- a description of the proposed work
- a calendar of activities and deliverables
- a budget proposal
For the current call, applications will be accepted until October 30, 2022 23:59 UTC.
Project proposals are evaluated by the GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee within two weeks after the deadline and a notification will be sent to successful applicants.
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
The final report should be also written in the GRASS GIS wiki under the proposal up to two weeks after the final date planned originally. When finished, the student sends an email to grass-psc mailing list to announce the end of the work and share the link to the final report. The final report should include:
- A description of the state of affairs before the work
- A description of the work done