FAQ

About the Google Policy Fellowship program

What is the Google Policy Fellowship program?

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Students will work for 10-12 weeks in 2014.

Important dates

What is the program timeline?

Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline.

Eligibility

Are there any age restrictions on participating?

Yes. You must be 18 years of age or older by January 1, 2014 to be eligible to participate in Google Policy Fellowship program in 2014.

Are there citizenship requirements for the Fellowship?

You must be eligible and authorized to work in the country of your fellowship. Google cannot provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

Who is eligible to participate as a student in Google Policy Fellowship program?

In order to participate in the program, you must be a student. Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and undergraduate programs. Eligibility is based on enrollment in an accredited university by January 1, 2014.

You may be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student. You must be eligible and authorized to work in the country of your fellowship. Google cannot provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

I am a International student can I apply and participate in the program?

In order to participate in the program, you must be a student (see Google’s definition of a student above). You also must also be eligible to work in the country of your fellowship. Google can not provide guidance or assistance on obtaining the necessary documentation to meet this criteria.

I have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary school program, but have not yet begun attending. Can I still take part in the program?

As long as you are enrolled in a college or university program as of January 1st, 2014, you are eligible to participate in the program.

I graduate in the middle of the program. Can I still participate?

As long as you are enrolled in a college or university program as of January 1st, 2014, you are eligible to participate in the program.

Payments, forms, and other administrative stuff

How do payments work?

Google will provide a stipend of $7,500 USD for each Fellow for the summer.

Please note: Payments will be made by electronic bank transfer, and are contingent upon satisfactory evaluations by host organization, completion of all required enrollment and other forms. In some countries, the host organization will be responsible for coordinating stipend payments. Fellows are responsible for payment of any local, state, or federal taxes associated with their receipt of the Fellowship stipend.

What documentation is required from students?

Students should be prepared, upon request, to provide Google or host organization with transcripts from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Transcripts do not need to be official (photo copy of original will be sufficient).

I would like to use the work I did for my Google Policy Fellowship to obtain course credit from my university. Is this acceptable?

Absolutely. If you need documentation from Google to provide to your school for course credit, you can contact Google. We will not provide documentation until we have received a final evaluation from your mentoring organization.

Host organizations

What is Google’s relationship with the host organizations?

Google provides the funding and administrative support for the program. The host organization is responsible for reviewing candidates and selecting fellows, and for providing full supervision of the fellow. Google and the host organizations are not partners or affiliates. The host organizations do not represent the views or opinions of Google and cannot bind Google legally.

Can I apply to more than one host organization?

You are welcome to apply to more than one host organization.

More questions

What if I have a question not answered in this FAQ?

You can reach Google Policy Fellowship team at policyfellows@google.com.