The Esri Young Scholars Award program was launched in 2012 to recognize the exemplary work in geospatial sciences of undergraduate and graduate students at universities around the world. It is offered by Esri in cooperation with its international distributors.

2018 Competition

Any full-time student or recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program at a Canadian college or university who has completed a project or research using Esri technology is eligible to apply.

The award includes registration, transportation costs, hotel and per diem to attend the Esri Education GIS Conference and International User Conference in San Diego where the Young Scholars display their work and interact with other Young Scholars.

Application Requirements

  • Poster, in PDF, that highlights the objectives, methods and results of your project or research.
    • Must be created by and attributed to solely the applicant.
    • Graphics must be of sufficient quality for printing, around 300 dpi.
    • Portrait orientation, 24″ wide by 36″ high.
  • Summary paper that explains your project or research.
    • 800-1000 words maximum (not including title page, captions and references).
    • Include maps and other illustrations.
  • Personal statement describing your experience with GIS and why you want to attend the Esri UC.
    • Maximum 1 page, 12 pt font.
  • Academic transcript. Unofficial copy (e.g., from your institution’s web portal) is acceptable.

Consult the poster and report guidelines for more information about these requirements.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the form below.

Read: 2018 Esri Young Scholars Award Announcement2018 FAQ

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2018 Application Form

Copyright Policy and Export Compliance

The poster of the winning student will be displayed at the Esri User Conference in San Diego and may also be displayed at select Esri Canada User Conferences.
By submitting this form, you grant Esri Canada the right to use, reproduce, translate, display in digital or hard copy form, and redistribute your poster and report.
You are also representing that you have the authority to grant Esri Canada Limited the right to use, reproduce, translate, display in digital or hard copy form, and redistribute your poster and that such permitted and authorized use by Esri Canada would not result in the infringement of any third party rights.
All submissions must comply with U.S. Export laws and all other applicable laws. See for more information.

Contact Information

If different from your first name, e.g., a short form.
You may use either your college/university email address or a personal email address. Must be valid until after September 1, 2018.
Must be a residential address, not a college/university office, lab or residence. Don't forget the unit or apartment number, if there is one.

Enrolment Information

Only those currently enrolled full-time at or having recently graduated from a college or university in Canada are eligible.
e.g., Faculty of Arts, School of Design, Geography, ...
e.g., BSc Geography, Advanced Diploma Environmental Technology, Masters of Planning.
If you are not currently a student, include the month and year you graduated from the program.

Document Upload

Use the file request link below to upload your poster, summary paper, personal statement and transcript(s). PDF files are preferred. Your name will be prepended to the names of the files you upload.

You must return to this page and submit the form after uploading the documents to complete your application.