Google Research

Research Scholar Program

The Research Scholar program aims to support early-career faculty who are pursuing research in fields relevant to Google.

The Research Scholar program provides unrestricted gifts to support research at institutions around the world, and is focused on funding world-class research conducted by early-career faculty.

Program Status

Applications opening soon.

Applications will open in Fall 2020.

Award Information

We encourage submissions from faculty globally who are teaching at Universities and meet the eligibility requirements. It is our hope that this program will help develop collaborations with new faculty and encourage the formation of long term relationships.

This program will be open for applications in Fall 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to permanent faculty at a University or a degree-granting research institution
  • Faculty must have received their PhD within 7 years of submission. For the inaugural Fall 2020 round, faculty must have received their PhD in 2013 or later.
  • Awards are given as unrestricted gifts to the university to support the faculty research efforts. They are intended for use during the academic year for which the award is provided.
  • Faculty can submit one application per round, and apply a maximum of 3 times.

Funding amounts

The funds granted will be up to $60,000 USD and intended to support the advancement of the faculty member’s research.

Supporting cutting-edge research

Proposals are selected through an internal review process and will be notified of their awards within 4 months of the initial submission. We ask applicants to categorize their proposals into one of the following broad Computer Science and related research areas of interest to Google:

  • Algorithms and optimization
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Cooling and power
  • Digital media processing
  • Geo/maps
  • Health research
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval and real time content
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine perception
  • Machine translation
  • Mobile
  • Natural language processing
  • Networking
  • Privacy
  • Quantum computing
  • Security
  • Software engineering and programming languages
  • Speech
  • Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
  • Systems (hardware and software)

Frequently asked questions

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