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  4. <title>FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months!</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE to award 36 Fellowship grants over the next 12 months!</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Starting in November 2009, Free Software Foundation
  9. Europe (FSFE) will award three people with a Fellowship grant every month
  10. for the coming year. Everybody who is actively working for Free Software
  11. but cannot afford the Fellowship contribution can apply for the grant.</p>
  12. <p>Despite financial constraints many people in the Free Software
  13. community devote a great deal of their time to Free Software activities.
  14. For example programming, translating, administrating, organising events,
  15. giving talks or advocating Free Software principles at public events.
  16. FSFE has now found a way to recognise their efforts and let them become
  17. part of the Fellowship.</p>
  18. <p>Matthias Kirschner, FSFE's Fellowship coordinator, says: "The
  19. <a href="">Fellowship</a> is the primary way people
  20. can identify with and support FSFE. It has always consisted of three aspects:
  21. financial support, political weight, and active engagement. We are offering the
  22. Fellowship grant for people who have shown their dedication to the cause of
  23. Free Software. We won't allow financial problems to hold anyone back from becoming
  24. part of the Fellowship community."</p>
  25. <p>The Fellowship grant is made possible by <a href="/donate/thankgnus-2009.html">FSFE's supporters</a>.
  26. Thanks to a generous donation from tarent GmbH, FSFE is finally able to offer the
  27. Fellowship grant to Free Software activists as a reward for exceptional
  28. work. Thanks to these donations, 36 new Fellows will be joining the
  29. Fellowship over the next 12 months.</p>
  30. <p>Elmar Geese, CEO at tarent GmbH says: "We grew closer to the Fellowship of
  31. FSFE since some of our employees are already Fellows. We know that being a
  32. Fellow is a great way to become involved with FSFE and make a real
  33. difference for Free Software. We are glad that our contribution will allow
  34. other enthusiastic people to become part of the Fellowship."</p>
  35. <p>Dedicated Free Software supporters can apply for a Fellowship grant by
  36. writing an e-mail to, explaining what they are
  37. doing to promote Free Software. Each month, FSFE will select outstanding
  38. candidates and announce the decisions at the beginning of the following
  39. month.</p>
  40. <ul>
  41. <li><a href="">More information about the Fellowship grant</a></li>
  42. <li><a href="">Join the Fellowship here!</a></li>
  43. </ul>
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