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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2020 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, 2020.
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 graduated since September 2019 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 and Submission

There are two parts to an application for Canada's Esri Young Scholar Competition:
  1. The application form.
  2. The required documents.
You must submit both to be considered for the award. The file request link below will open a new browser window. If you choose to upload your files before submitting the form, be sure to return to this form and click the submit button. If you choose to submit the form, first, the file request link will also be displayed in the confirmation message.

Use the file request link below to upload your poster, summary paper, personal statement and transcript(s). PDF files are preferred. See the Dropbox help page Why was I sent a file request? for more information about Dropbox file requests.