[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months!

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Mon Nov 9 10:53:23 CET 2009

= FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months! =

[Permanent URL: http://www.fsfe.org/news/2009/news-20091109-01.en.html ]

Starting in November 2009, Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) will
award three people with a Fellowship grant every month for the coming
year. Everybody who is actively working for Free Software but cannot
afford the Fellowship contribution can apply for the grant.

Despite financial constraints many people in the Free Software community
devote a great deal of their time to Free Software activities. For
example programming, translating, administrating, organising events,
giving talks or advocating Free Software principles at public events.
FSFE has now found a way to recognise their efforts and let them become
part of the Fellowship.

Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship coordinator, says: "The Fellowship
is the primary way people can identify with and support FSFE. It has
always consisted of three aspects: financial support, political weight,
and active engagement. We are offering the Fellowship grant for people
who have shown their dedication to the cause of Free Software. We won't
allow financial problems to hold anyone back from becoming part of the
Fellowship community."

The Fellowship grant is made possible by FSFE's supporters. Thanks to a
generous donation from tarent GmbH, FSFE is finally able to offer the
Fellowship grant to Free Software activists as a reward for exceptional
work. Thanks to these donations, 36 new Fellows will be joining the
Fellowship over the next 12 months.

Elmar Geese, CEO at tarent GmbH says: "We grew closer to the Fellowship
of FSFE since some of our employees are already Fellows. We know that
being a Fellow is a great way to become involved with FSFE and make a
real difference for Free Software. We are glad that our contribution
will allow other enthusiastic people to become part of the Fellowship."

Dedicated Free Software supporters can apply for a Fellowship grant by
writing an e-mail to fellowship at fsfeurope.org, explaining what they are
doing to promote Free Software. Each month, FSFE will select outstanding
candidates and announce the decisions at the beginning of the following

More information about the Fellowship grant

Join the Fellowship here!

FSFE thanks its supporters!

== About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
  Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues
  of the FSFE.


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