Program Details and Eligibility (International)
(Non-US Only; for US FAQs please see this link)
1. What are the qualification requirements for the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants program?
- Currently, the program provides grants for computer science courses at higher learning institutions and universities that can award degrees in the countries listed here. If funding permits, we will also provide grants for closely related courses.
As the program grows, we hope to expand to other countries and subject areas. If you are not faculty in one of the countries in the list, please fill out our interest form and we'll stay in touch.
2. When can Google Cloud Platform Education Grants be used?
- Google Cloud Platform Education Grants can be used one year after the course start date for any eligible courses as submitted on the application form.
3. Is there a limitation on what these credits can be used for?
- Yes. It is the intent of the program that the credits are used by students to learn about how to use the cloud. Students should be able to access GCP resources themselves. The credits must be used for the course for which the application was submitted. The credits cannot be for personal use. There is also a limit to the number of projects and CPUs a user can have. Please contact us if you need an increase in either project or CPU quota.
4. Who can apply for the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants program?
- Only faculty members in the countries in this list who are running courses which meet the requirements mentioned can apply. However, we do welcome others to submit their interest by submitting an interest form.
5. What are the tax and/or legal implications of these free credits?
- We advise faculty members to consult a tax and/or legal professional on any implications of receiving these free credits from Google.
6. How do I apply for the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants program?
- Faculty members in the countries in this list can apply on our online form.
7. What is the deadline date for applications?
- We accept applications on an ongoing basis. However, we will not approve courses beyond one calendar year from the date of your application.
8. How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and approved?
- In general, we review and make decisions on applications within a few business days. However, during times of high volume (new country launch, before the start of school semesters, etc.), application review may take up to several weeks.
You may be contacted by our team to discuss your application to ensure we have all of the needed information to make a decision on your application.
If there are any urgent requests, please feel free to email [email protected].
9. If approved, what are the next steps to get the credits for the program?
- If approved, the faculty member will receive a notification by email with a coupon code and instructions on how to redeem it. We highly recommend that professors redeem their coupon code immediately to ensure there are no issues.
10. Can a faculty member apply for more than one grant under the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants program to cover multiple classes/groups?
- Yes. Each course needs its own application so we can review the information about the course. A faculty member can combine multiple sections of the same course in a single request.
Credits and Coupon Administration
11. If approved, how will I receive my grant?
- One coupon code will be granted to the professor to cover all staff and student needs for the entire course. We suggest the faculty member create one project for each student in the class and will provide instructions on how to do this. Additionally, we suggest faculty create budgets and set up billing export to keep track of their class usage.
12. Do I need to enter any credit card information to redeem these credits or set up an account in Google Cloud Platform?
13. What is the value of the grant I will be receiving?
- In general, professors will receive a coupon code which will cover $50 USD per student and $100 USD per staff member.
14. What can I do with $50 in Google Cloud Platform?
- As of 22 February 2017, $50 USD will give 2 months of an n1-standard-1 machine running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But typically cloud resources only need to be active when they are in use, so for classwork, you can get more, such as:
- An f1-micro instance running 4 hours a day, 7 days a week costs approximately $1 USD a month.
- 100 GB of persistent disk costs approximately $4 USD a month.
- OCR of 1,000 images using the Vision API cost approximately $1.50 USD (with the first 1,000 free).
- Label detection of 1,000 images using the Vision API cost approximately $1.50 USD (with the first 1,000 free).
- Translation of one million characters costs approximately $20 USD. This fee is prorated for the actual number of characters translated.
- App Engine provides numerous resources in its free tier for no cost per month.
For more details and current prices, see the Google Cloud Platform Pricing Calculator.
You can use the Google Currency Converter to convert the sample data above to your currency.
15. For how long can the coupon be redeemed (e.g. claimed for credit in Google Cloud Platform)?
- A coupon can be redeemed up to 16 weeks after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form. We recommend you redeem your coupon as soon as you receive it.
16. How long do the credits last?
- The credits will be available for use in your Google Cloud Platform account for 12 months after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form.
17. What if a course runs out of credits?
- If it's apparent the entire class will need more credit, a faculty member can request more credits by contacting us. We will provide information about budget alerts and how to track usage so excessive spending can be controlled.
18. Will all of the credit be available to use within Google Cloud Platform once the coupon is redeemed?
- Yes, the full coupon value will be available.
19. What can the credits be used for within Google Cloud Platform?
- The credits can be used on any product in Google Cloud Platform. There is a limit to the number of projects and CPUs a user can have. Please contact us if you need an increase in either project or CPU quota.
20. What happens when all of the credits I have in Google Cloud Platform are used up?
- Nothing specifically occurs other than no longer being able to use Google Cloud Platform. VMs that are running will be stopped immediately. VMs that are created and stopped will remain indefinitely. Storage will exist for a while and then be removed. For more detailed information, please see the documentation located here for the Free Trials program as the experience will be the same.
21. If I already applied the coupon to an account, can I apply it to a different account instead?
- No, once you apply the coupon to an account, you cannot transfer the coupon to a different account. However, you can fund projects in another account using the Billing Account created from the coupon. Here's a link for further information on modifying Billing Accounts for a project.
22. I can't access Google Cloud Platform with my school account. What might be the issue?
- The two potential issues are:
You need a Google account to access Google Cloud Platform. If your school address is not part of Google Apps for Education, use a Gmail account. If you do not have one, please go to this site (link here) to create a Gmail account.
If your school is on a Google Apps for Education domain, the Google Developer Console needs to be turned on by the IT Administrator for your G Suite domain. Please reference this site (link here) for instructions.
23. My student can't log on to Cloud using their school e-mail address. Isn’t a school e-mail domain a requirement?
- Yes. Your student will be given a code and a link to the Google Cloud Platform for Education console. After they enter the code there, they will be given a billing account with credit. This requires the student to have a Google account (either a gmail account or a G Suite for Education school account). More details can be found at this Google Support Link. If your students don’t have a Gmail account, they can create one here.
Note that G Suite for Education schools may encounter the issue that the administrator has turned off "All additional Google Services" in the G Suite for Education dashboard, so students won't be able to use the console. In this case, please contact your administrator to turn on access to the Google Developer Console. You can find more details about that here.
24. How can I get started?
A: We suggest you create a project for each student or student team in your class. You can fund these with the credit from the grant. You will receive detailed instructions on how to create projects and share them with students when you receive your grant. We can provide additional information on how to automate this process as well. The instructions will also contain information on how to use budgets and billing export to watch the amount spent by each student in your class.
The number of projects you may create may be limited for approximately the first week or two after you apply the coupon to your account. Since you will potentially need to create a project for each student, we encourage you to redeem your coupon as soon as you receive it to ensure you'll be able to create enough projects.
25. What documentation is available?
- Here are some good resources to get started:
- Hear how Columbia University’s Computer Science Department is using GCP credits in this webinar recording (starts at 14:47).
- Review GCP Documentation describing the various GCP services and how to use them.
- Try Codelabs for guided, tutorial, hands-on coding experience.
- Try Qwiklabs, online learning environments along with a set of instructions, that walk users through a live, real world and scenario-based use case. If you’d like access to tokens, please email [email protected].
- Visit the GCP Community.
For more specific issues related to using GCP in the classroom, we have a community of almost 200 grant recipients where you can share questions and ideas. You will be invited to join when you are approved for a grant. There are numerous resources that are posted to that community.
26. Who should I contact if I have any questions?
- For any additional questions, please contact [email protected].