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.

2020 Competition

Any full-time student or recent graduate (since September 2019) 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 User Conference and Education Summit @ Esri UC in San Diego where the Young Scholars display their work and interact with other Young Scholars.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants need to have used Esri GIS technology to complete a project or conduct interesting research.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university in Canada or have graduated within the current academic year (i.e., post-September 2019).

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, minimum 300 dpi.
    • Portrait orientation, 24″ wide by 36″ high (60.96 cm x 91.44 cm).
  • 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 2 pages, min. 11 pt font.
  • Academic transcripts. Unofficial copy (e.g., from your institution’s web portal) is acceptable. Graduate students and students enrolled in post-secondary diploma or certificate programs should provide a record of their undergraduate education.

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

How to Apply

Complete and submit the form below.
Deadline: 5 pm ET, Friday, February 28, 2020.

Read:  Announcement of the 2020 Esri Young Scholars Award   2020 Esri Young Scholars Award FAQ

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