Technical writer stipends | Season of Docs | Google Developers


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Google uses Payoneer to pay a stipend to technical writers who have successfully completed their Season of Docs projects.

The stipend is a single payment, paid at the end of documentation development phase. Stipend amounts are calculated based on the technical writer's home location.

How is my location determined?
Your location is determined by your home location.
How are the stipend amounts determined?
We use a Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) based calculation to determine the stipend. We start with a base amount of 6000 USD and then adjust it based on each country's PPP value. There is a minimum (2400 USD) and maximum (6600 USD) stipend amount. The base amount takes into consideration the fact that many universities are in urban centers which can be more expensive than other parts of the country.
What is Purchasing Power Parity? (PPP)

Purchasing Power Parity is a way to estimate the exchange rate between two currencies to determine equivalent purchasing power.

Can I opt out of receiving a stipend?

Yes. Technical writer stipends are optional. If you want to waive the stipend, please indicate your choice on the Season of Docs application form.

When does payment start?

Stipends are paid at the end of the Season of Docs program, after a successful project evaluation. Payoneer starts transferring funds to all technical writers on December 11, 2019 for successfully-completed standard-length projects. For long-running projects, fund transfer starts on March 7, 2020.

Total stipend amount

Country Amount in USD
Afghanistan 3000
Albania 3000
Algeria 3000
Angola 4200
Antigua and Barbuda 3600
Argentina 4200
Armenia 3000
Australia 6600
Austria 5400
Azerbaijan 3000
Bahamas, The 6000
Bahrain 3000
Bangladesh 3000
Barbados 5400
Belarus 3000
Belgium 5400
Belize 3600
Benin 3000
Bermuda 6600
Bhutan 3000
Bolivia 3000
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3000
Botswana 3000
Brazil 3600
Brunei Darussalam 3000
Bulgaria 3000
Burkina Faso 3000
Burundi 3000
Cabo Verde 3000
Cambodia 3000
Cameroon 3000
Canada 6000
Central African Republic 3600
Chad 3000
Chile 3600
China 3000
Colombia 3000
Comoros 3000
Congo, Dem. Rep. 3000
Congo, Rep. 3000
Costa Rica 4200
Cote d'Ivoire 3000
Croatia 3000
Cyprus 4200
Czech Republic 3600
Denmark 6600
Djibouti 3600
Dominica 4200
Dominican Republic 3000
Ecuador 3000
Egypt 3000
El Salvador 3000
Equatorial Guinea 3000
Estonia 3600
Ethiopia 3000
Fiji 3600
Finland 6000
France 5400
Gabon 3000
Gambia, The 3000
Georgia 3000
Germany 5400
Ghana 3000
Greece 4200
Grenada 4200
Guatemala 3000
Guinea 3000
Guinea-Bissau 3000
Guyana 3600
Haiti 3000
Honduras 3000
Hong Kong 4800
Hungary 3000
Iceland 6600
India 3000
Indonesia 3000
Iraq 3000
Ireland 5400
Israel 6600
Italy 4800
Jamaica 3600
Japan 5400
Jordan 3000
Kazakhstan 3000
Kenya 3000
Kiribati 4800
Kosovo 3000
Kuwait 3000
Kyrgyz Republic 3000
Lao PDR 3000
Latvia 3600
Lebanon 3600
Lesotho 3000
Liberia 3600
Libya 3000
Lithuania 3000
Luxembourg 6000
Macao SAR, China 4200
Macedonia 3000
Madagascar 3000
Malawi 3000
Malaysia 3000
Maldives 3600
Mali 3000
Malta 4200
Marshall Islands 5400
Mauritania 3000
Mauritius 3000
Mexico 3000
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 5400
Moldova 3000
Mongolia 3000
Montenegro 3000
Morocco 3000
Mozambique 3000
Myanmar 3000
Namibia 3000
Nepal 3000
Netherlands 5400
New Zealand 6000
Nicaragua 3000
Niger 3000
Nigeria 3000
Norway 6600
Oman 3000
Pakistan 3000
Palau 5400
Panama 3600
Papua New Guinea 3600
Paraguay 3000
Peru 3000
Philippines 3000
Poland 3000
Portugal 4200
Puerto Rico 4800
Qatar 3000
Romania 3000
Russian Federation 3000
Rwanda 3000
Samoa 4200
Sao Tome and Principe 3600
Saudi Arabia 3000
Senegal 3000
Serbia 3000
Seychelles 3000
Sierra Leone 3000
Singapore 3600
Slovak Republic 3600
Slovenia 4200
Solomon Islands 5400
South Africa 3000
South Korea 4800
South Sudan 3000
Spain 4200
Sri Lanka 3000
St. Kitts and Nevis 3600
St. Lucia 4200
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3600
Suriname 3000
Swaziland 3000
Sweden 6600
Switzerland 6600
Taiwan 3000
Tajikistan 3000
Tanzania 3000
Thailand 3000
Timor-Leste 3000
Togo 3000
Tonga 4200
Trinidad and Tobago 3000
Tunisia 3000
Turkey 3000
Turkmenistan 3000
Tuvalu 5400
Uganda 3000
Ukraine 3000
United Arab Emirates 3600
United Kingdom 5400
United States 6000
Uruguay 4200
Uzbekistan 3000
Vanuatu 6000
Venezuela 4200
Vietnam 3000
West Bank and Gaza 3600
Yemen, Rep. 3000
Zambia 3000
Zimbabwe 3000

Payoneer payment system

Distributing funds to participants in countries around the world is a specialized task. We have partnered with Payoneer to manage payments.

Payoneer offers two options to receive your stipend:

  1. A Google branded Payoneer Prepaid Debit MasterCard® card. The card is reloadable and can be used to make purchases or ATM withdrawals wherever MasterCard® is accepted worldwide.
  2. Direct deposit to your local bank account. With Payoneer’s local bank transfer, Payoneer will send funds directly to your bank account securely and at a reduced cost. This service is available in over 200 countries and more than 150 currencies.

Make sure you read and understand all the terms, conditions, fees, and FAQs associated with Payoneer. You need to agree to these items when you register with Payoneer. You can access this information in your personal Payoneer My Account page.

NOTE: In some countries (such as India), only direct deposit is available.

Registration for a Payoneer account

If your Season of Docs project is accepted, you will receive an email with a personalized link for you to use to register for your Payoneer account. This email will arrive soon after November 5, 2019.

Important notes:

  • You must complete your Payoneer registration (including tax forms where appropriate) by December 3, 2019 to receive your stipend on time.

  • You must use the personalized link given in the email to register for your Payoneer account, as it is associated with your Season of Docs enrolment. Do not go to the Payoneer site directly and register. If you do not use the provided link, you will not receive the stipend.

  • After you register, your Payoneer account will be reviewed. You will receive an email when it is approved.

  • If you apply for the Payoneer prepaid debit card, it will be shipped to the address you provide Payoneer.

  • If you have previously registered for Payoneer, and already have an account, click "Already Have a Payoneer Account" after clicking the registration link.

  • If you are in India, you will be asked for a "Purpose Code". You must select code P1009- Architectural Services. Yes, it sounds strange to put Architectural Services, but it is the designated code for this program.

  • Payoneer has a specific set of shipping restrictions which may affect the shipping of a Payoneer card. Contact Payoneer for details.

Payoneer fees

Depending on which payment method you choose, such as the prepaid debit card, you may be subject to different fees. After registering for a Payoneer account, refer to the fee schedule on the Payoneer system.

Prepaid debit card fees

If you choose the prepaid debit card as the payment method, the following are the fees you are responsible for:

  • Currency conversion fee, depending on the currency you are converting to
  • 3.15 USD ATM withdrawal fee
  • 1 USD declined transaction fee
  • 12 USD card replacement fee, if your card is lost and you need to replace it
  • 3 USD inactivity fee, if your card retains a balance after 6 months of inactivity

Reference your Payoneer account for the most up to date rates.

Payoneer support

If you have any questions regarding your Payoneer account, please be sure to contact Payoneer directly via their contact page. You can also use the link in your Payoneer My Account page. You will receive login information upon completion of your registration. Payoneer offers multilingual customer support for all payment related issues via e-mail, telephone and live chat.

If your card is lost or stolen, please contact Payoneer immediately so that the card can be disabled and so that a new card can be sent to you.