The following FAQ has been created to answer general questions potential candidates may have in regards to the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award. For answers to questions regarding eligibility and application requirements, consult the page of participating institutions.

General Requirements

General Scholarship Award Information

General Requirements

  • What information do scholarship recipients need to provide?

    Application/submission requirements may vary at individual institutions. Students should contact their instructor or the person named on their institution’s profile page to find out what the requirements are at their institution.

    When participating institutions nominate a student to receive a scholarship, they must provide the following information:

    • Preferred language (English or French)
    • Name (title/prefix, first and last name, preferred name)
    • Full contact information (residential mailing address, including apartment/unit; phone number; preferred email address)
    • Enrolment information (institution, department or faculty, program/degree type)
    • Expected graduation year and term

    They must also provide a copy of the student’s academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and resume/CV. The nomination will be ‘pending’ until all of this information is received.

    They are asked to confirm that they have permission from the student to share this information. If they do not have explicit permission, they must provide the student’s name and email address. The scholarship coordinator will then contact the student to request the required information. The nomination will be ‘pending’ until all of this information is received.

    Before a nominated student is granted a scholarship, they must submit a poster and a summary report demonstrating a project or research using Esri technology. The deadline to submit these is June 1.

  • What are the format requirements for the poster?

    The poster should be creatively designed, use an appropriate colour scheme and contain both text and graphics that describe the project. It must include the student’s name, the name of the institution and an appropriate title. If the project was completed in a group or with input from other researchers, they should be acknowledged on the poster.
    The dimensions must be 24 in (w) by 36 in (h), portrait orientation. All graphics should be of high enough quality for printing at this size (300 dpi is recommended). The preferred file format for poster submissions is portable document format (.pdf), however Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx), jpeg and tiff formats are also acceptable. The file size should not exceed 10 MB.

    For more information, see Guidelines for Poster Submission.

  • Will posters be displayed anywhere?

    Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to upload their posters to their personal profiles in the web portal.

    A selection of posters from the current year’s scholarship recipients may also be displayed at Esri Canada User Conferences where there is an Education and Research presence, provided the posters are received sufficiently in advance of the user conference to allow time for printing.

  • What are the format requirements for the summary report?

    The report should be a written summary of the project’s goals, methodology and results and should include maps and other graphics as appropriate. It must Include a title page with the name the student, and the name of the institution. If the project was completed in a group, the names of the other group members should also be included on the title page.

    The main body (excluding title page, captions and references) should not be more than 1000 words. Students should follow their institution’s or department’s formatting guidelines for, e.g., line spacing, font, and referencing style.

    For more information, see Guidelines for Summary Report.

General Scholarship Award Information

  • What does the scholarship offer?

    The scholarship offers a one-time cash payment, Esri software, books, access to e-learning resources through the Esri Training site, Esri Canada instructor-led training and a complimentary registration for one of the Esri Canada User Conferences.

    Students nominated for a scholarship will receive a letter detailing the award and information about how and when they will receive it.

  • What is the difference between the Esri Training site and Esri Canada training?

    The Esri Training site was launched in August 2016 and provides a searchable catalogue of all Esri’s learning resources. Scholarship recipients have access to all of the e-learning resources on the site (web courses, training seminars, lessons, videos) for one year after receiving the award. They are not eligible to take instructor-led training through the Esri Training site.

    Esri Canada training offers 1-, 2-, or 3-day instructor-led courses in class or online. The courses include lectures and hands-on exercises. Scholarship recipients may take up to two instructor-led training courses.

  • What software is included?

    The scholarship includes ArcGIS Desktop and extensions, a one-year ArcGIS Online subscription, and a one-year subscription to the ArcGIS Developer Program (ADP).

    The software is for education and research use only. Scholarship licenses are not eligible for maintenance or updates after the first year or ArcGIS Online subscription renewals.

  • What books are included?

    The following three Esri Press books will be provided as part of the award:

    • Python Scripting for ArcGIS
    • Getting to Know Web GIS, 2nd edition
    • The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 3
  • Are there any other benefits?

    Scholarship recipients are encouraged to take advantage of complimentary registration at an Esri Canada User Conference to learn about new developments in Esri’s software and to network with local members of the GIS community. They are also encouraged to use the web portal as a virtual networking opportunity to connect with students across the country.

    Esri Canada’s scholarship coordinator communicates with recipients throughout the year to keep them informed of events and other opportunities that may be of interest.