Payment Instructions for Google Summer of Code Organizations

Google uses Payoneer to pay Google Summer of Code Students and Organizations. Payoneer is a fast and convenient way to receive payments globally.

If your organization participated in GSoC 2017 and already created a Payoneer account then this is going to be very quick and easy for you - keep reading! And if you haven’t created a Payoneer account don’t worry, it’s not difficult please just read the instructions below carefully.

I. 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) at your discretion

II. How to claim your payment - choose which option fits your situation

A. I did NOT participate in Google Summer of Code 2017:

  1. Fill out the payment request form by Monday, July 9. You must include the email address for the person responsible for accepting payment at your organization.
  2. By July 15, 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 the Google team. Do not sign up directly on the Payoneer website as this will cause payment 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 15.
  4. All funds will be transferred by September 30.

B. I participated (and was paid) in Google Summer of Code 2017:

  1. Go to your Payoneer dashboard and ensure that all of your banking and contact information is up date and accurate.
  2. Make all appropriate changes via your dashboard or contact Payoneer to request changes be made on your behalf.
  3. All funds will be transferred by September 30.

III. Important Dates

  • July 9: New Orgs fill out the payment request form
  • By July 15: Google Program Admins will send out all registration tokens
  • August 15: Deadline to complete Registration with Payoneer (including tax form)
  • September 30: All organizations paid


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 2018 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 wizard 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.

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.

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.

What if my organization would like to donate these funds?

We can not issue payment to another charity/non-profit for you. You are welcome to accept the funds and then distribute them yourself. Please consider donating your funds to Software Freedom Conservancy.

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.


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.