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2019 Global YouthMappers Challenge to Support International Women’s Day

We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity. 


  • 08 March 2019 Application period opens

  • 09 June Application period closes (Midnight Local Time)

  • 18 September Professional Development Workshop

  • 19-20 September Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Summit - Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany 

  • 21-23 September State of the Map - Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany 

YouthMappers and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) invite YouthMappers to participate in the 2019 Global YouthMappers Challenge in support of International Women’s Day. Student members of YouthMappers chapters who currently are and will be enrolled full-time in September 2019 at an institution of higher education with a YouthMappers chapter in good standing* are welcome to apply. Finalists will receive funding to attend the 2019 HOT Summit and the State of the Map Conference taking place in Heidelberg, Germany from September 19 - 23.


Selected YouthMappers will give a 5-7 minute presentation at the HOT Summit on their chapter’s activities, how the chapter has structured opportunities and created sustainable roles for female participation, and future plans for continuing to build inclusive mapping communities to Let Girls Map.


Additionally, they will be required to organize a knowledge sharing event with their chapter members upon returning home from the Summit and launch a gender inclusive initiative as part of their chapter programming for the upcoming semester. 

Applicants will submit general personal background information and will be selected using the criteria listed below.



In order to participate, YouthMappers must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Student member of an active, official YouthMappers chapter in good standing* 

  2. Currently enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate students who will continue to be enrolled full-time Sept 2019

  3. Over 18 years of age

  4. Contribute quality map edits to the tasks supporting the Women's Connect Challenge: Click here for Leaderboard and Task list


The selection of YouthMappers finalists will be based on meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, the quality of the submitted application, in addition to making significant contributions (quality map edits) towards the International Women’s Day Tasks listed above. Criteria for selection includes candidates’ abilities to summarize their leadership experience, commitment to humanitarian mapping through YouthMappers, summarizing how their chapter has structured opportunities and created sustainable roles for female participation in chapter mapping activities, and future plans for creating more gender inclusive roles within their chapters. 


HOT and YouthMappers will provide partial sponsorship to attend the 2019 HOT Summit and State of the Map Conference in Germany. Covered costs will include: round-trip airfare from the nearest international airport to Frankfurt; modest, shared accommodation for 7 nights; small stipend for meals and transportation expenses; and up to $100 towards visa fees and/or passport costs. Selected finalists are responsible for acquiring a passport and applying for visa(s) needed to travel to and enter Germany. Please note that the scholarship does not include costs associated with required medical coverage for travel to Germany, travel insurance, any fees associated with changes to travel itinerary, or any other costs not mentioned above as being included. 


The Global YouthMappers Challenge will end on Sunday, June 2 - EXTENDED TO JUNE 9th. All map edits and application documents must be completed and submitted by midnight Local Time. All winners will be announced via email no later than June 30. Inquiries may be directed to



*Chapters in Good Standing have been formally approved by the YouthMappers Steering Committee, have submitted a 2018 annual report, and are in compliance of the YouthMappers Terms of Participation and YouthMappers Statement of Ethics. There is NO LIMIT on the number of applicants considered per chapter, but the program may limit the number of selected participants for any given chapter or country in order to diversify participation


This scholarship program is organized by the YouthMappers administrative staff at Texas Tech University and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Community and Partnerships staff with funding support provided by the Women Connect Challenge by the United States Agency for International Development through Award # 201807.


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