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Google's exploreCSR awards aid university efforts to support students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing

Increasing student pursuit of computing research is a top priority at Google, especially for students historically underrepresented in the field. Since 2018, the exploreCSR awards have supported universities to design and host research-focused workshops during the academic year that expose students from underrepresented groups to computing research methodologies, career pathways and exploratory problems.

Program Status

Applications are currently closed.

Applications closed 11:59:59 PM PDT July 30, 2020.

Award information

In addition to receiving funding, awardees have the opportunity to join a community of practice, participate in cross-site evaluation of student outcomes, and collaborate with Google researchers. Strong applications will demonstrate how the proposed workshop builds student self-efficacy, sense of belonging, practical skills and motivation to pursue computing research, as well as provide actionable strategies to pursue graduate studies. Partnership with other local institutions and organizations, both PhD-granting and not, is strongly encouraged.

As of the 2020 academic year, exploreCSR is opening applications in the United States and Canada, and piloting invite-only awards in Australia and New Zealand, East Asia and Europe.

Award details

  • Eligible to university faculty (if you are not from a PhD-granting institution, it is strongly recommended that you collaborate with a partner who is)
  • Universities may receive funding for a maximum of three non-consecutive years, with funding intended to be used in the academic year the award is provided

    • Year one: up to $18,000 (USD)
    • Year two: up to $15,000 (USD)
    • Year three: up to $10,000 (USD)
  • Awards are disbursed as unrestricted gifts to the university and are not intended for overhead or indirect costs

  • United States and Canada: The primary audience for workshops is undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in order to encourage their pursuit of graduate studies. Many workshops include current graduate students as facilitators, near-peer mentors, panelists, and other roles.

Review criteria

We ask that proposals outline:

  • Student audience: plans to recruit students from underrepresented groups, knowledge of those students' opportunities and constraints in computing research.
  • Partnerships: current or anticipated partner institutions/organizations that will support the workshops.
  • Content: plans to foster a research culture (e.g. research training, experiential projects, mentorship), holistic advising (e.g. graduate admission process, transition to graduate school life, academic and financial resources), and ongoing development.
  • Sustainment plans: plans to continue student support after the workshop to extend the community throughout and beyond the award year (e.g. social events, advanced workshops, presentation series, summer research experiences).
  • Format and schedule: workshop and sustainment plan model that meets the needs of attendees, including virtual engagement, delivered throughout the academic year.
  • Budget: proposed use of funding.

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