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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 now open for the United States and Canada.

Applications must be submitted by 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.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about our programs and outreach efforts on our FAQ page.