Designed to support early-career professors, the Research Scholar Program provides support to early-career researchers in fields relevant to Google. In the Research Scholar Program, unrestricted gifts are given to institutions around the world in order to promote world-class research conducted by early career faculty members.
In the Research Scholar Program, unrestricted gifts will be granted to support research at institutions worldwide, focusing on world-class research being conducted by early-career professors.
This program is intended to promote long-term relationships and collaboration between Google and new professors. The awards are provided to the institution as unrestricted donations and do not cover overhead or indirect costs. Professors are intended to use these awards to support their research endeavors during the awarded academic year.
The award is intended to support a professor’s research activities during the academic year in which it is received.
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.