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The “Dust to Star” Program


You have little to no network or experience, but are ready to do whatever it takes to succeed? Ready to fast-track your career in the blockchain world with OnlyDust?

You’re in luck - we’re here to help you!

We’ve partnered up with three AWESOME fellowship programs to boost your career journey:

🔥 Ethereum Protocol Fellowship

🔥 Nethermind Internship Program

🔥 Lambda Sparkling Water Bootcamp!

Each program offers a unique opportunity to deep-dive and gain hands-on experience in the ecosystem. Plus, get paid.

The goal? To help you overcome the challenges of limited experience or contacts. Whether it’s to help you land your dream job in a fantastic company or to support you in launching your open-source project, we’re here to power your journey.
Who are we? OnlyDust is a platform that allows developers to contribute to the most exciting open-source projects. The added bonus? A strong community and rewards for contributions.

The selection process

This is not for the faint of heart.

We have created a rigorous selection process based on merit and hard work. If this doesn’t scare you, read on. Below are three straightforward (but challenging) steps to help you fast-track your career in the ecosystem. Make sure to click on the toggles for more details.

Build your reputation

Step 1: Contribute to Open-Source Projects on OnlyDust

Begin by building your reputation by contributing to open-source projects on OnlyDust.

Not only will this help you build more skills and experience, but the more you contribute, the more visibility you will gain. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Apply so that we can guide you through.
  2. Choose a Project: Browse our platform to find a project that resonates with you.
  3. Introduce Yourself: Join the project's Telegram group and make your presence known.
  4. Dive into the Code: Analyze the codebase, take up an issue, or propose new ideas.
  5. Seek Feedback: Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback on your contributions.
  6. Earn Rewards: Impress with your skills and get rewarded (if eligible). Rinse and repeat.
We recommend that you dedicate yourself to only up to three projects (not more, as it’s important to focus). Remember, the first step is always the hardest, but we're here to support you. Need assistance? Reach out to @Blumebee on Telegram.

Boost your entry odds to a program

Step 2: Showcase your achievements to our CEO

After dedicating time to developing your skills and building your portfolio, it’s time to present your work to Greg (our CEO). Reach out to him via Telegram with your user profile. He will personally review your progress and introduce you to the next steps of the challenge, i.e. put your in contact with the fellowship programs that best suit your profile.

You will then go through the program's selection process, but imagine Greg as your personal 'sorting hat,' placing you in the right 'house' for your skills 😉.

Each program has its methodology for nurturing core developers (more details below). During this phase, participants gain access to mentors, community support, and engaging projects.

This personalized approach doesn't just help put you in the running; it highly increases your chances of being selected. By presenting your profile to the most challenging programs in the blockchain world, we ensure you have the best possible shot at success!

Take the leap

Step 3: Embark on Your Professional Journey

You are now more than ready to take that giant leap in your career. And that’s just the beginning.

Once you've demonstrated your commitment through consistent open-source contributions and successfully completed the fellowship program, come back to us. We will connect you with leading companies in the ecosystem.

If working for a company isn’t your thing, but launching your very own open-source project is, rest assured, we will equally make sure to support it. We’ll actively connect you with contributors who share your ambitions and vision.

We currently work with over 160 exciting projects in 5 outstanding ecosystems. Networking is one of our forte!

Sounds good so far? Here’s more. These are the perks and opportunities awaiting you:

  • Knowledge: Work on the most trending open-source projects out there in web3 and gain invaluable insights into blockchain technologies.
  • Hands-on experience: Immerse yourself in new technologies, getting your hands dirty in the real-world coding and development.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded developers, mentors, and industry leaders who can rocket your career forward.
  • Rewards: Earn recognition and financial incentives, potentially $1,000 to $3,000 a month, from both OnlyDust and the fellowship programs 💰.

The programs

And now, onto the fellowship programs. We are collaborating with the best ones in the blockchain ecosystem that have a proven track record and offer incentives. Below is an overview of each.

Reminder, OnlyDust is here to refer you to these programs, giving you one step ahead, but you will also need to go through their selection process.

Ethereum Protocol Fellowship

Explore Program Details

This program is cohort based. It will deep dive into protocol development, work-in client implementations, testing and core ecosystem. It offers an opportunity to work with client developers and to try out real challenges of core development. The program is ideal for people with advanced knowledge of Ethereum internals and skills in low level languages. Here’s what you can expect when you are selected:

  • Duration: 5 months.
  • Support: Community support and mentorship, plus a possible monthly stipend.
  • Features: Weekly calls, mentorship, self determined projects, demo days, optional meetups, and initial guidance.
  • Stages: A shorter period for researching a topic, main part is dedicated to work on the project
  • Interaction: Regular "stand up" meetings and AMAs with mentors
  • Stipend: Financial support to focus on the program for selected fellows, with some candidates receiving funding from the start.

Nethermind Internship Program

Learn More about Nethermind

This internship offers an immersive experience into Ethereum's and Starknet's core workings, allowing for substantial contributions to its evolution. Look forward to:

  • Duration: 1-3 months, but usually interns choose to stay for the full 3 months.
  • Autonomy: Freedom to choose projects, develop specific skills, and select teams.
  • Focus Areas: Blockchain Core Engineering, L2 Tooling, Cryptography Research, Protocol Research, DeFi Research, Security, DevOps, Dapps, and Enterprise Engineering.
  • Experience: Hands-on involvement in various aspects of Ethereum technology.
  • Learning Environment: Opportunity to engage deeply with Ethereum's functionalities and contribute through challenging projects.
  • Compensation: This is a paid internship, providing financial support throughout the program.

Lambda Sparkling Water Bootcamp

Check out the Bootcamp

This Bootcamp is an intensive exploration into cryptography and blockchain technology, providing a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and development. Here’s what’s in store for you:

  • Duration: The bootcamp runs for around 10 weeks, with a structured curriculum covering various aspects of cryptography and blockchain development.
  • Curriculum: Each week focuses on a different theme, including Finite Fields, Elliptic Curves, Polynomials, STARKs, Symmetric Encryption, Interactive Proofs, SNARKs, and more.
  • Features: The program includes a blend of recommended readings, practical exercises, and challenges. Topics range from implementing cryptographic protocols to elliptic curve operations.
  • Interaction: Participants are encouraged to collaborate and engage with mentors and peers, fostering a community-driven learning environment.
  • Learning Approach: Emphasis on practical implementation and problem-solving, with resources and guidance provided for each topic.
  • Support: The program offers financial support throughout the duration.

Convinced? Ready to make your mark?

Embrace this chance to become the Abdel or the Georgios of our era 🔥.

It's more than just a career move; it's a chance to make a meaningful impact 💪.

OnlyDust in numbers:

⭐ Collaboration with 5 strong blockchain ecosystems

(Starknet, Ethereum, Optimism, Aptos & Cosmos)

⭐ Around 160 open-source projects on the platform

⭐ More than 2100 developers in the community