Esri Canada Scholarships


Esri Canada Scholarship

2018 Esri Canada Scholarship Award

Information about the 2018 Spring competition will be posted shortly once scholarship terms are announced by Esri Canada.

2017 Esri Canada Scholarship Award

The 2017 competion is now closed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 3, 2017 no later than 4 p.m. 

Optional Presentation: Presentations will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017. Register here


Trent University Library is delighted to announce that the University is a recipient of a 2017 Esri Canada Scholarship.

This scholarship will encourage a graduate or senior undergraduate student to pursue studies and a potential career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The scholarship will be awarded to one student on the basis of competitive evaluation of a poster and summary report that includes a significant GIS component. In addition a $500.00 cash prize will be given to the runner up.

1: Who can apply for the scholarship?

All graduate students and upper-year undergraduate students, from any discipline, who are currently enrolled full-time at Trent University. Esri Canada requires that award recipients meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed significant course work and/or postgraduate research using Esri technologies
  • Must be continuing work or studies that will involve use of GIS technology
  • Minimum B+ or equivalent in overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Must be able to meet deliverables requirements including submission of a poster and summary report (see number 5 below, for further details).

2: What does the scholarship offer?

The scholarship offers a one-time cash payment of $1,000.00 as well as software, books, registration to ESRI courses, registration to one of Esri Canada’s 2017 User Conferences, and an editable profile in the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Web Portal. 

3: What software is included?

A perpetual license of Esri’s ArcGIS software, for education and research use:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced (Perpetual License)
  • ArcGIS for Desktop Extensions: ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst, and ArcGIS Publisher
  • One year ArcGIS Online Plan (includes 100 service credits and one named user)
  • One year complimentary maintenance
  • One year subscription to Esri Developer Network (EDN) Standard Version, which includes ArcGIS for Server Enterprise Advanced for development purposes

4: What documents must be submitted with my application?

The following information must be submitted with your application:

  • Contact information: Name, Title (Mr., Mrs, Ms, Miss), Address (must be a permanent shipping address/ not a college/university address), Telephone number, Trent Email Address)
  • Resume / CV
  • Academic transcript (minimum B+ average in overall GPA). An unofficial transcript will be accepted; only the winner will require an official transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Trent faculty advisor or Trent course instructor who is familiar with your work with GIS.
  • Indicate clearly the dates you started at Trent University, and when you anticipate graduating.
  • A poster and a report demonstrating a special project, lab work, or interesting research use in a specific setting (e.g. promoting education, conservation, disaster response, urban planning, business, engineering, social science, etc.) and its outcomes using ESRI’s ArcGIS software.The dimensions must be 24 in (w) by 36 in (h), portrait orientation. Further details.

    The report must include a summary of the the project’s goals, methodology, and results and should include maps and other graphics as appropriate.   Further details.

  • Optional: candidates are encouraged to give a 5-minute presentation about their research on Friday, February 10, 2017. Register here

The scholarship winner and the recipient of the runner up cash prize, must also provide Esri Canada with a short written statement on what winning an award has meant to them.

5: What is required for the optional presentation?

The presentation should be no more than 5-minutes. This is a chance to share your research with fellow students, faculty and MaDGIC GIS staff. Candidates can present a draft of their posters or give a more general presentation about their research. The critical component is to provide information on how GIS technologies are being used to assist with a research project or major course assignment. Participation in this event is not mandatory but we encourage you to do so if you can. Candidates who elect not to apply for the scholarship are still welcome to participate by giving a presentation or attending the event. We hope this will be a collegial, fun event where research activities and GIS interests are shared and discussed. A projector and PC will be availalbe for those students who wish to use slides to support their 5-minute presentation. Register here

6: How will the successful candidate be selected?

Submissions will evaluated by a committee consisting of no fewer than three people including a Trent faculty representative, the ESRI Site License Administrator (the Head of the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre, Trent University Library), and a GIS Support Specialist from the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre.

7: What is the deadline for Submittting an Application:

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 by 4 p.m.

8: Where do I submit the application?

Applications must be submitted in digital format by email to

9. What happens to the poster submissions?

All submissions will be considered for Trent's annual GIS Day exhibit.  Winning posters will be submitted to Esri Canada. Scholarship recipients posters are normally profiled under Esri Canada's GIS Scholarship Web Portal.

10: Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Barbara Znamirowski

Head, Maps, Data & Government Information Centre
Room 411, Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC)
Trent University Library
Office: 705 - 748-1011 ext 7470



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