2023 Google Research Scholar Program for early-career Professors


The Google Research Scholar Program aims to support beginning teachers conducting research in fields relevant to Google. The Google Research Scholar Program provides unlimited donations to support research at institutions around the world, with a focus on funding world-class research by beginning faculty.

Google encourages submissions from professors around the world who teach at universities and meet the eligibility requirements. Google hopes that this program will help develop collaborations with new teachers and foster the formation of long-term relationships.

Awards are disbursed as unrestricted gifts to the University and are not intended for overhead or indirect expenses. They are intended to be used during the academic year in which the prize is awarded to support the research efforts of the professor.

Eligibility Criteria for Google’s academic research program.

  • Applicants must be a full-time assistant, associate, or professor at a degree-granting university or research institution at the time of application submission.
    • Postdoctoral staff may only serve as co-PIs, not lead PIs.
  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within seven years of submission (for example, the applicant in 2022 must have received their Ph.D. in 2015 or later).
    • We consider exceptions for applicants who have been teaching seven years or less and had delays, such as industry work, paternity leave, leave of absence, etc. This exception request can be documented on the application.
  • Applicants may submit one application per round.
    • The faculty can only serve as PI or Co-PI per round. Applicants may not serve on two separate proposals.
  • Applicants can apply a maximum of 3 times within 7 years after the Ph.D.

Financing amounts

The funds awarded will be up to $60,000 USD and are intended to support the advancement of the professor’s research.

Google asks applicants to rank their proposals in one of the following areas of interest to Google in computing and related fields:

  • Algorithms and optimization
  • Applied science
  • geo/maps
  • health research
  • human-computer interaction
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • machine perception
  • Mobile
  • natural language processing
  • networks
  • Privacy
  • quantum computing
  • Security
  • Software engineering and programming languages
  • Structured data management, extraction, semantic graph and database.
  • Systems (hardware and software)

Deadline for application: December 1, 2022.

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