Google Travel and Conference Grants

  • Overview

    At Google, we believe a diversity of attributes, experiences, and perspectives are needed to build tools that can change the world. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a career in technology, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or military service.

    To help break down the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from attending leading conferences, we're excited to offer Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in the fields of technology and business. Grants are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, Black, Latinx, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans), in Europe for women in technology, in India and in Africa for students who have their research papers accepted at top-tier conferences in Computer Science and related areas.

    To encourage attendance at technical conferences, Google will provide selected recipients:

    • Free conference registration
    • North America : A 500 USD reimbursement to retroactively be used toward airfare and accommodation costs (will be awarded after the conference)
    • Europe : Up to 1,000 EUR towards travel and accommodation costs (will be paid after the conference)
    • India : An award in the range of 1,000 - 3,000 USD that will cover conference registration, travel, accommodation and other related expenses.
    • Africa : An award in the range of 1,000 - 3,000 USD that will cover conference registration, travel, accommodation and related expenses. Grant amount depends on cost for the international conference.
    • Japan & South Korea : Up to 3,000 USD towards air tickets and lodging cost (will be paid after the conference). Grant amount depends on cost for the international conference.

    Grant eligibility varies by region, so please review the information on the region-specific tabs on the top. Grants will be awarded to the most qualified persons based on application review. Every applicant will be notified of their status according to the time frames specified for the region.

  • North America

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a grant to attend a conference in North America, applicants must:

    To apply

    Please click here to apply. Applications will close 5:00pm Eastern time on the day of deadline. (This link and application closing time of 5pm does not apply to the Grace Hopper Celebration.)

    To apply for the Grace Hopper industry, student, or Google intern travel grant, click here

    Claim process

    Recipients will be notified by e-mail approximately 8 - 10 weeks prior to the date of the conference. If you are selected, we will contact you with conference registration details and information about how you will receive your $500 post-conference reimbursement. (This does not apply to the Grace Hopper Celebration.)

    The Grace Hopper Celebration

    Click here to read the eligibility requirements for the industry, student, and Google intern Grace Hopper travel grants

    While anyone is welcome to express interest, this year's industry travel grant has a dedicated focus on engaging women of color who are underrepresented in the tech industry. This includes, but is not limited to, women of Arab/Middle-Eastern, Black/AfricanAmerican/Caribbean/WestIndies, Hispanic/Latinx, Native/Indigenous, and/or Pacific Islander descent.

    Apply for the industry, student, or Google intern travel grant

    For any questions about the Grace Hopper travel grant, please reach out to ghctravelgrant@google.com

    For any questions on all other North America grants, please reach out to travel-grants@google.com

  • Europe

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a grant to attend a conference in Europe, applicants must:

    • Be a woman working or studying computer science, computer engineering, or a technical field related to the conference subject (no residency restrictions apply)
    • Have a strong academic and/or professional background with demonstrated leadership ability
    • Be able to attend the core day(s) of one of the conferences listed below:

    To apply

    Please submit this form by the deadline for the conference listed above that you wish to attend.

    Claim process

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email, approximately three to four weeks prior to the conference. If you are selected, you will receive additional information on how to register for the conference and how to receive your grant.

    For any questions, please reach out to europe-events@google.com.

  • India

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a grant to attend a conference in India, applicants must:

    • Be a student enrolled with a recognized university in India who is in need of conference travel funds.
    • Have a paper accepted at a top-tier top-tier computer science conference. We prefer to support conferences in research areas where Google has a strong interest. Please visit research.google.com for a list of areas. The paper must be accepted for full publication and preferably full oral presentation. As an indicator, we have recently approved travel grants for CVPR, NIPS, CHI, STOC, PLDI, COLT, ICML, CIKM, KDD, ICCV, EMNLP, ACL, Interspeech and FSE.
    • Be the primary author of the accepted paper.
    • Have a paper accepted for oral presentation in the main conference program. Some conferences may have different presentation guidelines in which case the equivalent of a conventional full oral presentation must be considered. Workshop papers will not be approved for travel grants.

    To apply

    Please complete this application form.

    Claim process

    We review applications every week, all year round, therefore you will get our reply within ten days. Once approved for a travel grant, the funds will be paid to the applicant’s university and the student may claim expenses using regular university procedures.

    For any questions, please reach out to: research-in@google.com.

  • Africa

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a grant to attend an international conference, applicants must:

    • Be a student enrolled with a recognized university in Africa who is in need of conference travel funds.
    • Studying computer science, computer engineering, or a technical field related to the conference subject.
    • Have a paper accepted for presentation (oral or poster) in the main conference program at a top-tier Computer Science conference. We prefer to support conferences in research areas where Google has a strong interest. Please visit research.google.com for a list of areas. The paper must be accepted for full publication and preferably full oral presentation. Workshop papers will not be approved for travel grants.
    • Be the sole or joint first author of the accepted paper.

    To apply

    Please submit this form by the deadline for the conference that you wish to attend. We are currently accepting applications for conferences in 2018 only.

    Claim process

    We review applications monthly, all year round, therefore you will get our reply four to six weeks from the date of the application. Once approved for a travel grant, the funds will be paid to the applicant’s university and the student may claim expenses using regular university procedures.

    For any questions, please reach out to research-africa@google.com.

  • Japan & South Korea

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a grant to attend an international research conference, applicants must:

    • Be a full-time student enrolled with a recognized university in Japan or South Korea who is in need of conference travel funds.
    • Have a paper accepted at a top-tier computer science conference. We prefer to support conferences in research areas where Google has a strong interest. Please visit research.google.com for a list of areas. Please refer to popular conference rankings to determine the conference tier.
    • Be the primary author of the accepted paper.
    • Have a paper accepted for oral presentation in the main conference program. Some conferences may have different presentation guidelines in which case the equivalent of a conventional full oral presentation must be considered. Workshop papers will not be approved for travel grants.

    To apply

    Please complete this application form.

    Claim process

    We review applications in the first week of every month, except public holidays. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. If you are selected, you will receive additional information on how to receive your grant.

    For any questions, please reach out to eastasia-ur@google.com.