The Research Scholar Program is intended to assist early-career professors in conducting research in Google-related subjects. The Research Scholar Program awards unrestricted gifts to advance research at institutions around the world, with a particular emphasis on supporting world-class research by young professors.
Google expects that this program will encourage the formation of long-lasting relationships and collaboration with new educators. Awards are provided to the university as unrestricted grants and are not intended to pay indirect or overhead costs. The funds are meant to support the professor’s research efforts during the academic year in which the award is presented.
Google Research Scholar Program Eligibility
- Applicants must be a full-time assistant, associate, or professor at a university or degree-granting research institution at the time of the application submission.
- Post doctoral staff can only serve as a co-PI, not a primary PI.
- Applicants must have received their PhD within seven years of submission (e.g. applicant in 2022 must have received PhD in 2015 or later).
- They consider exceptions for applicants who have been teaching seven years or fewer and had delays, such as working in industry, parental leave, leave of absence, etc. This exception request can be documented on the application.
- Applicants can submit one application per round.
- Faculty can only serve as a PI or Co-PI per round. Applicants cannot serve on two separate proposals.
- Applicants can apply a maximum of 3 times within the 7 years post-PhD.
Google Research Scholar Program Area of Interest
Proposals are selected through an internal review process. Applicants will be notified of their proposal status within six months of the initial submission. They ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following areas of interest to Google in Computer Science and related fields:
- Algorithms and optimization
- Applied science
- Health research
- Human-computer interaction
- Machine learning and data mining
- Machine perception
- Natural language processing
- Quantum computing
- Software engineering and programming languages
- Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
- Systems (hardware and software)
Google Research Scholar Program Funding
- The funds granted will be up to $60,000 USD and are intended to support the advancement of the professor’s research.
How to Apply for Google Research Scholar Program
Submit applications by 11:59:59pm UTC on December 1, 2022. Notification of decisions will be announced by email in April 2023.