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> Today I am pleased to announce the Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellows
> program, a project of the Foundation’s Community Department. This program is
> partly something the Foundation has been considering for a long time and
> partly an outgrowth of the recent Community Department open hiring call. In
> reading through the nearly 2,000 submissions to the open call, we realized
> that there are far more qualified members of the Wikimedia community than we
> can ever hire at one time. We also realized that the most promising
> submissions came from people who were interested in working on specific
> problems or opportunities in the movement rather than looking for permanent
> staff positions.
> Therefore, the Fellows program is intended to create an environment where
> individuals and teams can concentrate full-time on important problems and
> opportunities in Wikimedia projects and the movement as a whole. Fellows will
> lead intensive, time-limited projects focused on key areas of risk and
> opportunity — projects that require the support of the Foundation to succeed.
> We are currently looking for Fellows among those who have already answered
> the open hiring call and we will also be posting a form for submitting new
> Fellowship applications soon. In addition to Wikimedia volunteers, we would
> like to engage outside academics and professionals who have expertise that
> could benefit our projects.
> Each Fellowship will have its own objectives that require a unique skill set.
> The length of the Fellowships at the Wikimedia Foundation will vary from
> weeks to as long as a year, depending on the requirements of the project. A
> handful of Fellows may eventually join the Foundation staff permanently.
> However, the purpose of the program is to take charge of vital work that may
> not require a long-term position but which volunteers have not previously
> dealt with successfully.
> Along with introducing what will be a continuing Wikimedia Foundation
> program, we’d like to welcome the first Fellow in the Community Department:
> Steven Walling. Steven represents exactly what we’d hoped to attract through
> this process: talented Wikimedians who have a knack for crafting clear
> theories about how Wikimedia communities operate and how they can be
> supported. Steven’s previous experience as a freelance writer, blogger, and
> community manager make him an excellent choice to pilot this program. Steven
> is beginning a year-long Fellowship, during which he will work on multiple
> projects. He will be blogging about his projects as he continues.
> We are deeply excited about the possibilities for the Wikimedia Foundation
> Fellowship program. Bringing in talented individuals who have specific
> projects in mind will allow us all to ask questions and solve problems that
> were previously out of reach for either volunteers or staff. I hope you’ll
> join us in welcoming Steven and more new Wikimedia Foundation Fellows as they
> are announced.
> Zack Exley,
> Chief Community Officer
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