With the Open Science Fellows Program, Wikimedia Deutschland promoted Free Knowledge in science between 2016 and 2021 in order to improve the exchange and collaboration between science and society. This also involves addressing the question of how open Open Science actually is and how principles of diversity and equity can be established. Wikimedia, as a global social movement, is particularly committed to knowledge and communities that have been excluded by power structures and privileges.
The program is aimed at academics and scientists from all disciplines. We support our Fellows with structured mentoring, capacity building and networking opportunities as well as a stipend. In turn, Fellows are encouraged to integrate principles of Open Science into their own scientific work and to act as ambassadors of Free Knowledge - both within and beyond academia.
Several academic partners participated in the design of the program with workshops and inputs, including the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB), Open Knowledge Maps and the University Library of Freie Universität Berlin.
The key details about the Open Science Program can be found on this website. However, further information is accessible via: