The State of the GSoC Payments for India 2017

One of the very interesting part of Google Summer of Code is the payments. It’s a large factor that will motivate you to continue your project amidst the very hot and humid Indian summer. Setting up the payment correctly is a really nervous experience, as the questions asked during sign-up are bewildering. I aim to answer some questions that came to my mind while signing up to Payoneeer. If you are new to GSoC, I hope this will be helpful for you.

Initially I was interested to get the shiny Google branded Payoneer card, but bank transfer was the only option available for India. I hope they change it the next time.

Documents and Cards, Do I need any ?

Edit: Earlier I assumed all stipends are non-taxable. I got this part clarified from a tax lawyer. The wording is vague on that part. It says, all grants received for the sole purpose of sustaining education efforts are tax exempt. However, “working as an apprentice” or any other means where one receives compensation in exchange of services is taxable. Then the question arises — what about PhD scholars working as TA?

What currency should I choose to get payments in ?

How long does it take ?

What are the purpose code, IFSC code etc. I am asked about ?

For me, the GSoC payment experience was quite smooth. Thanks Google and FOSSi foundation for making my summer memorable. And Payoneer for your great service.

Originally published at on September 10, 2017.

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