The Gephi project has been selected by Google to be part of the Summer of Code 2009 (GSoC).
This is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects, fund over a three month period (4500USD per student). Through this, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.
We actually offer 4 student mentorships, 3 on the ideas below, and a free one:
Students can submit their applications via the Google Summer of Code 2009 site from March 23 – April 3, 2009.