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Google's exploreCSR awards aid higher education efforts to support students from historically marginalized 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 marginalized in the field. Since 2018, the exploreCSR awards have supported institutions to design and host research-focused initiatives during the academic year that expose students from marginalized groups to computing research methodologies, career pathways, and exploratory problems.

Program Status

Applications are currently closed.

Decisions for the 2021 application will be announced via email in August 2021. Please check back in 2022 for details on future application cycles.

Award information

In addition to receiving funding, principal investigators (PIs) have the opportunity to join a community of practice, participate in cross-site evaluation of student outcomes, collaborate with Google researchers, and request supplemental funding and support from TensorFlow. Strong applications will demonstrate how the proposed initiative builds student self-efficacy, sense of belonging, practical skills, motivation to pursue computing research, and actionable strategies to pursue graduate studies. Partnership with other local institutions and organizations, both PhD-granting and not, is strongly encouraged.

Award details

  • Eligible to higher education faculty in Australia, Canada, East Asia, New Zealand, and the United States (if you are not from a PhD-granting institution, it is strongly recommended that you collaborate with a partner who is)
  • Institutions may receive one award (USD) per academic year, for up to three total years

    • Australia & New Zealand: up to $10,000 per year
    • East Asia: up to $15,000 per year
    • United States & Canada: up to $18,000 in year one, $15,000 in year two, $10,000 in year three
  • Awards are disbursed as unrestricted gifts to the institution

  • United States and Canada:

    • The primary audience is undergraduate students from historically marginalized groups in order to encourage their pursuit of graduate studies. Many initiatives include current graduate students as facilitators, near-peer mentors, panelists, and in other roles.
    • Applicants may request supplemental funding for research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) at USD $7,000 per student for up to two students per PI accepted to exploreCSR. Requests for supplemental REU funding will not factor into the acceptance of the overall application and will be evaluated only for accepted PIs.

Review criteria

We ask that proposals outline:

  • Student audience: plans to recruit students from historically marginalized groups, knowledge of those students' opportunities and constraints in computing research.
  • Partnerships: current or anticipated partner institutions/organizations that will support the initiative.
  • Content: plans to foster a research culture (e.g., research training, experiential projects, mentorship), grow students' professional capital and networks, build science identity and peer community, and provide holistic advising (e.g., graduate admission process, transition to graduate school life, academic and financial resources).
  • Sustainment plans: plans to build an inclusive culture of computing research that sustains students beyond the core activities of the initiative (e.g., social events, advanced workshops, presentation series, summer research experiences).
  • Budget: proposed use of funding.

Frequently asked questions

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