Community Service Awards

The Carpentries relies on volunteer efforts to achieve many of its goals. Its Community Service Awards are a way for its Executive Council to recognise work which, in its opinion, significantly improves the fulfillment of The Carpentries’ mission and benefits the broader community. The intention of these awards is to demonstrate that service to our community does lead to recognition and reward, rather than to provide a direct incentive to contributors.


Recognition will take the form of an award certificate plus a public announcement. The outgoing Executive Council will normally make up to two awards during the last three months of its term, although in exceptional circumstances the Executive Council may choose to make awards at other times, or to make more than two awards within a single year.

Proposing an Award

Any Carpentries community member is entitled to propose an award at any time, stating the reasons for which the award is merited. Recipients need not be members of The Carpentries community (though receiving an award may be an indication that consideration for membership is appropriate). While a single individual will normally not receive multiple awards, this may occasionally be done to acknowledge ongoing contributions.

Awards will be considered in the order in which they are received. In the event that more than one award is proposed in a given period, the Executive Council may elect to hold over a proposal.

Proposals should be made confidentially to the Board by sending email to The nomination must include:

  • the name of the person being nominated
  • a short explanation of what they have contributed and how it has helped the community (no more than 200 words)
  • where appropriate, a small set of links to specific examples of their contributions (e.g., links to mailing list posts, pull requests, or workshops)

The minutes of award considerations will not name the individuals concerned unless an award is made. The Executive Council will contact proposers to keep them informed of the status of their proposals (such as when the proposal will receive consideration).

Past Awardees

These awards were given under the aegis of the Software Carpentry Foundation and its then Steering Committee.

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