Google Policy Fellowship Program (FAQ)

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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 the City University of Hong Kong. Students will work for 10 weeks starting from June 2012. The research agenda for the program is based on legal and policy frameworks in the region connected to the ground-level perception of free expression.

Applications for the fellowship consist of the following :

  • Statement of Purpose: Provide us with an essay outlining your qualifications for and interest in the program, including relevant academic, professional and extracurricular experiences. As part of this essay, explain what you hope to gain from participation in the program and what research work concerning free expression online you would like to further via the program. (1200 words max)
  • Resume
  • Three References

Important Dates

What is the program timeline?

15 April, 2012:

Student application deadline; applications must be received by midnight GMT.

April 20, 2012:

Student applicants are notified of the status of their applications.

June 2012:

Students begin their fellowship with the host organization (start date to be determined by student and host organization)

July 2012:

Mid-term evaluation.

August 2012:

Delivery of research report and final evaluation.


Are there any age restrictions on participating?
Yes. You must be 18 years of age or older by January 1, 2012 to be eligible to participate in Google Policy Fellowship program in 2012.

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, 2012.

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, 2012, 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, 2012, you are eligible to participate in the program.

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.

I am not living in Asia. Am I eligible for this program?
Yes, we recruit applications globally. This fellowship program is not limited to applicants in Asia but all over the world.

Can I get the visa for this ten-week fellowship program?
Once your application is successful, we will take care of the relevant paper work.

How about accommodation and air fare?
We will not provide accommodation and air fare because this fellowship is a research fellowship instead of a job appointment. But we can help you book our university hostel for you. The fee for University hostel can be found here:

How could I submit the three references?
Please provide three references in your application package. You can write down their names, positions and organizations, and contact addresses (email and office addresses, and phone numbers). If your referees would like to write reference letters for you, you can either scan them to PDF or ask your referees to directly send to us. If your referees directly send to us, please include "Confidential Reference for [Applicant's Name]" in the subject line no later than April 15. Our email address is

Host Organizations

What is Google's relationship with the City University of Hong Kong?
Google provides the funding and administrative support for individual fellows directly. Google and the City University of Hong Kong are not partners or affiliates. The City University of Hong Kong does not represent the views or opinions of Google and cannot bind Google legally.

Enquiries: 3442 6129 / 3442 8677