Open Source Peer Bonus Program


In the same way that a Google Peer Bonus is used to recognize a fellow Googler who has gone above and beyond, an Open Source Peer Bonus recognizes external people who have made exceptional contributions to open source. Googlers can nominate contributors who they feel deserve our recognition (and some cash)!

It takes many skill sets to create open source software and historically the spotlight has focused on developers. We encourage Googlers to nominate all types of contributors, including:

  • Technical writers
  • User experience and graphic designers
  • Community managers and marketers
  • Mentors and educators
  • Front and back-end developers
  • Ops and security experts


Who can I nominate?

  • External and awesome FOSS contributors
  • Over 18 years old
  • Working on projects created at and/or used by Google
  • Contributors globally, except those in any of the currently embargoed countries

Do not nominate:

  • Google employees, interns or TVCs
  • Individuals who have already received a peer bonus
  • Federal government or public university employees in the United States

Review process

Not every nominee will be awarded. Members of the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) and a committee of engineers will review all nominees based on their contribution to projects used at Google or those originated at Google. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact emailremoved@.

How we evaluate your nominee:

  • Google project relevancy
  • Amount and quality of contribution


What if the person I want to nominate has been nominated before? Can they receive another peer bonus?

Starting in 2016, we’re limiting awards to one per person.

How many people can I nominate each round?

Each Googler can nominate up to three people per round. Please do not nominate someone more than once.

Will every nominee be awarded?

No. See review process above for more information.

What award will the nominee get if they are approved by the review committee?

After the review process, the awardee will receive a prepaid credit card, a thank you letter, and a certificate. However due to various legal and other restrictions we may not be able to send the money to all awardees. We’ll still send them a thank you letter together with the certificate, expressing our appreciation for their work.

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