Expanded Mentorship Program Launched in Response to COVID-19

Program will support hundreds of displaced developer interns across diverse set of open source projects and communities

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Build a healthy ecosystem around the open source software you care about by funding projects, securing code, and connecting with talented developers.

Expanded Mentorship Program
in Response to COVID19

This program is designed to help developers with necessary skills — many of whom are first-time open source contributors — experiment, learn, and contribute effectively to open source communities.

Sponsors: Intel ($250,000), Linux Foundation ($100,000) Inquire About Sponsorship

Dates To Remember

Project Submissions: April 13, 2020 05:00 AM (PDT)
Project Selection: Starting April 27, 2020
Notifications: Starting May 18, 2020
Applications + Enrollments: Starting June 1, 2020

Note: You will be able to continue to submit projects through the CFP until the program ends in June 2021. We will be continuously reviewing and selecting projects throughout this period and enrolling mentors and mentees for our currently scheduled and future stages.

Program Start Dates

The initial three available mentorship program terms are listed below. Subsequent program terms will be added as they become available.

  • First Program: July 1 – September 30, 2020
  • Second Program: August 1 – October 31, 2020
  • Third Program: September 1 – November 30, 2020

New projects accepting applications will be listed on the 1st of each month starting June 1, 2020. Applications stay open for the first 3 weeks for each project and the last week is reserved for selecting candidates

Preferred Technologies

  • Linux Kernel
  • Kubernetes
  • Prometheus
  • Cloud Native
  • GoLang
  • JavaScript
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Jenkins
  • Other Suggested Popular Technologies

Benefits For Program Participants


  • Grow the sustainable talent pool of experienced developers contributing to your project
  • Improve project security by leveraging vulnerability reports to reduce your bug backlog 
  • Increase the diversity of developers contributing to your project


  • Accelerate your product roadmap by funding critical projects
  • Access and recruit certified talent through our data-driven pipeline
  • Grow your brand by supporting key open source projects and developers


  • Learn from top developers in open source
  • Receive free training and certifications *
  • Get job opportunity referrals with employers upon graduation

 * Training and certification opportunities limited to course and certification catalogue available from the Linux Foundation.

View some of the projects already hosting mentorship programs on CommunityBridge and some of the mentors who are already training mentees.


Project maintainers, contributors, and developers can join CommunityBridge to:

  • Raise funding to sustain and grow your projects by paying for development, events, or infrastructure
  • Grow your community through mentorship, training, certification, and employment opportunities (with matching diversity grants!)
  • Increase security of your code without becoming an application security expert
  • Support other projects you depend upon, admire or love through lightweight and transparent peer-to-peer funding


Organizations that depend on open source software can use CommunityBridge to:

  • Accelerate innovation through a streamlined and transparent workflow for funding critical projects
  • Increase access to certified developers through a data-driven talent pipeline
  • Reduce security risks through visibility into a project’s vulnerabilities and its adherence to security best practices
  • Reduce IP risks through visibility into licensing for projects and upstream dependencies

Support for CommunityBridge

Help develop open source leaders,and get more people working on your project.

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