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Skill Development Program
This page explains the sponsorship assistances available for skill development of individuals who are affiliated to an open source community or a Non for Profit or an educational institution.

Learn Program is built on our commitment towards skill development.

Just like any other industry- academia initiative, there is a cost to run and maintain the Learn Program. Foundation uses its technical infrastructure, maintains administration costs and costs of mentors, who participate in the Learn Program. Foundation is also building an Innovation Space, which adds accomodation costs, for Learn fellowship members and alumni. We have following information on assistances available. A decision on sponsorship assistance generally takes 10-14 business days.

For students:

Learn Fellowship is "Forever Free" for "students".
Foremost eligibility to qualify for a free learn fellowship is to be a higher studies student in a university. Please submit a proof of affiliation to an educational institution along with your fellowship application.
Following assistances are available;
A. Grant Assistance: Students applying for a Learn Fellowship can also combine their application with a request for a grant based support.
Grants support work of fellows during the fellowship period. Please read more about how to apply for "Open Reseach & Development Grant" here.
B. Sponsorship Assistance: The cost of Learn Program is fully covered by the Foundation, for all approved and eligible student applications.

For Industry Professionals:

Learn Fellowship is a paid program for industry professionals. An industry professional from a "For Profit" company applies for a Learn fellowship. Foundation routinely engages industry veterans to mentor fellows in the Learn program.
What qualifies as a paid Learn Program?
If the fellowship member is affiliated to a "For Profit" company and uses the skills developed to exploit developed intellectual property during the Learn program for commercial reasons.
A. Grant Assistance: Individual Project based Grants are available for industry professionals. Read more here.
Grant supports work of fellows during the fellowship period.
B. Sponsorship Assistance: There is no sponsorship assistance for professionals from "For profit" companies.
C. Open Source Development Program Partnership: We recommend that if you are affiliated to a "For profit" company, then bring your company to our For Profit Partner Program. Read the agreement governing relationship between "For Profit" companies and Muellners Foundation here.

For the Professionals who come from a verified Non for Profit:

We offer a 100% funding assistance to professionals, who are affiliated to a verified Non for Profit. We have a strict criteria of assessing case to case basis.
Sponsorship Assistance is currently available only for candidates affiliated to Non for Profits in the following regions & countries:
African Union(55 member states)
Asia( India, Phillippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh,
Once you have applied for the Learn fellowship and your application has been approved by the Foundation, you can apply either of the two:
a. Grants for the research and development activities or;
b. the sponsorship assistance to cover the Learn program costs.
This Sponsorship assistance is independent of the Grant application. Read more on Open Research & Development grant here.
Steps to apply for sponsorship assistance:
  1. 1.
    Your Learn fellowship is recieved and approved by the Foundation.
  2. 2.
    Verify the affiliation of non for profit with a proof of Non for Profit's legal existence.
Following documents of the Non for Profit that you are affiliated to, should be furnished:
a. Certificate of Incorporation of Non for Profit
b. Statutes of the Non for Profit
c. Non for Profit's website and identification of its purpose and a brief presentation of its profile.
3. Sponsorship assistance covers upto 100% of all costs for the Learn Program fellowship. Based on the information provided, it is at the discretion of the Foundation's Executive board to approve or reject the sponsorship assistance application.
The decision review is further conditional to a confidential Board vote.
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