Call for May 2022 mentoring communities

Date: January 10, 2022

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Outreachy seeks mentors

Outreachy is seeking open source and open science communities to mentor Outreachy interns in the May 2022 cohort.

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
May 2022 internship dates
Humanitarian open source funding
Open science funding


What is Outreachy?

Outreachy is an internship program. Outreachy internships are:

💵 Paid - $7,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

🕰 3 months - internships run May 30 to August 26

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.


May 2022 internship dates

Jan. 8, 2022 at 4pm UTCCommunity sign up opens
Feb. 4, 2022 at 4pm UTCInitial applications open
Feb. 14, 2022, 4 p.m. UTC#OutreachyChat on Twitter
March 2, 2022 at 4pm UTCInitial application deadline
March 2, 2022 at 4pm UTCDeadline for community sign up
March 23, 2022 at 4pm UTCMentor project submission deadline
March 25, 2022Contribution period begins
April 22, 2022Contribution period ends
April 22, 2022 at 4pm UTCFinal application deadline
May 4, 2022Intern selection deadline
May 16, 2022Outreachy organizers finalize intern selections
May 20, 2022 at 4pm UTCInterns are publicly announced on the alums page
May 30, 2022
to Aug. 26, 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 May 2022 internship round.

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

In short, your community must be:

In the December 2021 cohort, 5 humanitarian open source communities received sponsorship for interns. Those communities included projects like:

Outreachy will fund up to 10 humanitarian open source communities in the May 2022 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

All open science communities

Outreachy is pleased to receive a grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to provide funding for open science interns.

Outreachy welcomes open science communities who focus on any of the following areas:

Outreachy's CZI grant will fund up to 10 open science communities in the May 2022 Outreachy internship cohort.

Research on infectious diseases, climate change, and mental health

Outreachy is also excited to work with Wellcome Trust to provide additional funding for open science communities. 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:

Wellcome Trust will fund up to 6 open science communities in the May 2022 Outreachy internship cohort.

In the December 2022 cohort, three open science communities received Wellcome Trust funding.

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


Apply to participate

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