Call for Dec 2021 mentoring communities

Date: August 18, 2021

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Outreachy seeks mentors

Outreachy is seeking open source communities to participate in the December 2021 to March 2022 internship round.

All communities must find finding for at least one intern ($6,500 USD):

All types of open source communities can apply to receive additional funding for interns. However, funding for at least one intern must be secured first.

Important dates:

Please see the full mentor schedule below.

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What communities need to know

What is Outreachy?
Mentor duties
Dec 2021 internship dates
Humanitarian open source funding
Open science funding


What is Outreachy?

Outreachy is an internship program. Outreachy internships are:

💵 Paid - $6,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

🕰 3 months - internships run December 06 to March 04

Outreachy's goal is to increase diversity in open source. Past Outreachy interns are:

♀️ 92% women

🏳️‍🌈 4% transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary people

🧕🏾 64% people of color

🧑🏿 12% people from a historically disadvantaged caste or tribe

Statistics are based on responses to the 2019 longitudinal study of Outreachy alums.

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Mentor duties

The heart of Outreachy is our volunteer mentors. Mentors work directly with Outreachy applicants and interns.

Outreachy looks for mentors who are helpful, patient, welcoming, and kind.

Mentor time commitment:

Mentors will need to provide an internship project description. Outreachy does not allow applicants to submit project ideas.

It is okay for mentors to submit multiple project ideas. Communities with sponsorship for one intern tend to list 1 to 3 projects. Some communities list as many as 5 to 7 projects.

Outreachy encourages co-mentoring! Co-mentoring is when two or more people mentor the same Outreachy intern.

Mentors will need to provide a list of tasks for applicants to work on during the contribution period.


December 2021 internship dates

June 17, 2021 at 4pm UTCCommunity sign up opens
Aug. 9, 2021 at 4pm UTCInitial applications open
Aug. 23, 2021, 4 p.m. UTC#OutreachyChat on Twitter
Sept. 3, 2021 at 4pm UTCInitial application deadline
Sept. 17, 2021 at 4pm UTCDeadline for community sign up
Oct. 8, 2021 at 4pm UTCMentor project submission deadline
Oct. 8, 2021Contribution period begins
Nov. 6, 2021Contribution period ends
Nov. 6, 2021 at 4pm UTCFinal application deadline
Nov. 13, 2021Intern selection deadline
Nov. 19, 2021Outreachy organizers finalize intern selections
Nov. 22, 2021 at 4pm UTCInterns are publicly announced on the alums page
Dec. 6, 2021
to March 4, 2022
Internships period

Intern funding

All communities must find finding for at least one intern ($6,500 USD):

All types of open source communities can apply to receive additional funding for interns. However, funding for at least one intern must be secured first.

Humanitarian open source funding

Outreachy is seeking humanitarian open source communities to participate in the December 2021 internship round. Communities will mentor Outreachy interns for three months.

Outreachy welcomes applications from all open source communities that address humanitarian issues or urgent health challenges. You will need to meet our eligibility criteria.

In short, your community must be:

In the May 2021 cohort, 8 humanitarian open source communities received sponsorship for interns. Those communities included projects like:

Outreachy will fund 7 to 10 humanitarian open source communities in the December 2021 internship cohort. Humanitarian communities will be guaranteed funding for at least 1 intern.

To apply for humanitarian open source intern funding, please submit a community application.

Please contact Outreachy organizers with your questions about humanitarian open source funding!

Open science funding

Outreachy is pleased to work with Wellcome Trust to provide funding for open science interns. Wellcome Trust is focused on funding Outreachy interns working on open science projects that address urgent health challenges or discovery research.

In order to qualify for funding from Wellcome Trust, projects must be:

Wellcome Trust will fund 1 to 3 open science communities in the December 2021 Outreachy internship cohort.

In the May 2021 cohort, sktime received sponsorship for an open science intern. sktime provides a unified framework for machine learning with time series. sktime Outreachy interns worked on code to predict Covid-19 mortality risk and forecast hospital occupancy rates.

To apply for open science intern funding, please submit a community application.


Apply to participate

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