Payment Instructions for Google Summer of Code Organizations

Starting this year we are using Payoneer, a financial services company, to pay Google Summer of Code Organizations. We are confident that Payoneer is faster, more intuitive and convenient than the old payment process. No PO’s, no invoices, no waiting for your money. Thousands of GSoC students have been using Payoneer for years and we’re excited to bring it to you!

If you have questions, please email


Important Dates

  • June 23 - Complete the payment request form
  • By June 30 - Google Program Admins will send out all registration tokens
  • August 1 - Complete Registration with Payoneer (including tax form)
  • September 30 - All organizations paid

Included in Your Payment

  • $500 per student developer for your organization (often called the mentor stipend)
  • $2200 mentor summit stipend1
  • $500 for each organization to send a student(s) or mentor(s) to your conference or meeting (or a related conference)2

How to Claim Your Payment

  1. Fill out the payment request form by Friday, June 23 - you must include the email address for the person responsible for accepting payment at your organization.
  2. By June 30th Google Program Admins will send a registration token link via email to the person responsible for accepting payment. Important: only register with the link that is sent by Payoneer. Do not sign up directly on the Payoneer website as this will cause all kinds of problems and delays for you and us.
  3. Once the registration link is received, the designated person responsible for accepting payment will follow the one-time registration instructions on the Payoneer website.
    • Once the account has been approved by Payoneer, the designee will receive an email with a link to complete their tax form. This must be completed by August 1.
    • Organizations may choose to be paid via direct wire transfer to a bank account or via a pre-paid card.
  4. Payoneer will transfer all funds by September 30. No invoices, etc. are necessary anymore.


I already have a Payoneer account - can I use that?

Yes. If you have an active account and have received funds via Payoneer in the past, just click on "Already Have a Payoneer Account" after clicking on the registration link we send you. This will link the two accounts.

It says my Payoneer account is not linked to the Google Summer of Code program. How do I fix that?

This means you did not register via the link sent to you from Payoneer. Please contact Payoneer directly and let them know you are part of the GSoC 2017 org distribution - it can take several weeks to get sorted out.

What tax form am I required to complete?

We cannot provide any tax advice. As you go through the tax form widget on the Payoneer website it asks questions which will help you determine which form you need to complete.

I need to change or update my bank account in Payoneer. How do I do this?

You can go to your Payoneer dashboard and update your account as needed.

My organization is based in India and I am not able to choose the prepaid card option on the Payoneer website. What’s going on?

At this time, the pre-paid card option is not available in India. You must choose a direct bank transfer instead.

I am having problems setting up my account. Where can I go for help?

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. 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 it can be disabled and a new card will be sent to you.

There is no legally incorporated entity or group that can take payment on behalf of my organization. How do we get paid?

We recommend the payment be paid out to a single individual on behalf of the organization. See the question and answer below for more information.

I’m an individual claiming money on my organization’s behalf. Can I still be paid by Payoneer?

Yes, you can be paid by Payoneer and set up the account in your name to receive the funds on behalf of the organization. Accepting such a payment will likely affect the receiver’s taxation status and you should consult with a tax professional for any questions about how accepting these payments will affect you/your organization.

You may also want to consider joining the Software Freedom Conservancy (or a similar organization) that can provide infrastructure for FLOSS projects and can help you manage the payment process.

What if my organization doesn’t want to accept funds?

Please complete the payment request form even if you do not plan to accept any money from Google. There you will have the option of declining funds, so you will not receive a link from Payoneer. We ask that you consider donating your funds to Software Freedom Conservancy and we can do so on your behalf.

What if my organization would like to donate these funds?

We are happy to donate your funds directly to Software Freedom Conservancy, but we can not issue payment to another charity/non-profit for you. You are welcome to accept the funds and then distribute them yourself.

What if we need to change the email address associated with our initial registration?

Google will submit payments based on the email address provided in the payment request form (which becomes the identifier for your org). If you decide to change that email address after registration you must contact so we can update it on our end. If you are the person in charge of receiving payments for two or more orgs then you should notify Google Admins so we can make special accommodations for your multiple payments.

We're only sending one (or zero) delegate(s) to the Mentor Summit. Do we still get the $2200 mentor summit stipend?

Yes. Each organization will receive the full $2200 (assuming all of the evaluations are completed on time).

Can we only accept the travel funds and not the mentor stipends, or vice versa?

Yes, you can only accept partial payment. You just need to note in the last field on the Payment Request form “Anything else we need to know about your payment?” which funds you want to accept and which you wish to decline.

Do we still have to keep track of our receipts from airline tickets and taxis, etc. for the Mentor Summit like we have in previous years?

No. There is no need to track receipts for your flights and expenses.

Google is issuing a flat amount per org. The flat amount will include $2200 for up to 2 mentors to travel to the Mentor Summit. The mentors can use the full $2200 or only use (for example) $1800. That remaining $400 would be for the mentoring org to use as they wish.


1. The mentor summit stipend is paid regardless of whether you plan to send 0, 1 or 2 mentors to our annual summit. The stipend will be reduced by half if any evaluations are missed during the program. The stipend will be reduced to $0 if 2 or more evaluations are missed.

2. New for 2017. We realize many of you have meetings and other events that you would like to invite your students to - we hope this will help you get some of the students to these events and to integrate them even more with your community.