Esri Canada Scholarships


Esri Canada Scholarship


Call for Applications: 2022 Esri Canada Scholarship Award

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  no later than Friday, March 18, 2022 by noon 

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 using Esri technologies. 

The runner-up will be considered for an Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award.  

1: Who can apply for the scholarship?

All graduate students and upper-year undergraduate students, from any discipline, who are currently enrolled 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 technology
  • 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 no later than Friday, March 18, 2022 by noon. See sections below for further details regarding requirements for deliverables.

2: What does the scholarship offer?

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

3: What software is included?

 A three-year term license of Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software for education and research use, which includes the following:

  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap)
  • ArcGIS Desktop Extensions Bundle: ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, ArcGIS Tracking Analyst, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, ArcGIS Data Interoperability, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Schematics, ArcGIS Workflow Manager, ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Image Analyst, ArcGIS Publisher, ArcGIS LocateXT
  • ArcGIS Online Organization Plan (includes 100 service credits and 1 named user)
  • Complimentary maintenance (provides software updates, technical support and unlimited access to e-learning courses through the Esri Training site)

 A three-year term license of the following Premium Apps:

  • ArcGIS GeoPlanner
  • ArcGIS Insights (includes 1000 service credits)
  • ArcGIS Urban 4.
  • A three-year Professional-level subscription to the ArcGIS Developer Program (ADP), which includes ArcGIS Enterprise for development purposes as well as ArcGIS CityEngine

Term licenses will expire June 30, 2024. The instructor-led training courses are to be used within twelve months of the student being nominated for the scholarship. User conference registration will be available when in-person conferences resume. 

4: What documents must be submitted with my application?

The following information must be submitted with your application:

  • Contact information: First and Last Name, Address (must be a permanent shipping address / not a college or university address), Telephone number, Trent Email Address
  • Department, school or faculty name and degree program
  • Resume / CV 
  • Academic transcript (minimum B+ average in overall GPA). An unofficial transcript will be accepted.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Trent faculty advisor or Trent course instructor who is familiar with your work with GIS. The letter should be submitted directly by the advisor or faculty member to: Barbara Znamirowski, Chair, Trent Esri Canada Scholarship Committee, Email:  no later than Friday, April 16 by noon. 
  • Indicate clearly the dates you started at Trent University and expected completion term (including year and fall, winter or spring/summer term)
  • Provide the name of the Trent faculty member supervising your thesis or course work related to your submission  
  • A Poster and Summary 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. Candidates are encouraged to submit their report as a story map instead of a formal written report. 

The scholarship winner must also provide Esri Canada with a short written statement on what winning an award has meant to them.

Winning posters and reports / story maps will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web site. Please only submit materials which can be shared publicly.  

One student will be awarded the scholarship. In addition, the runner-up will be considered for the Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award. Students receiving a the Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award must provide the same information and supporting documents as scholarship recipients. This award consists of a cash-only prize of $500.00

5. What are the format requirements for the poster?

Poster Content 

Your poster should be creatively designed, use an appropriate colour scheme and contain well-made maps,  graphics and text that describe a project or research in which you used Esri technology. 

You must include your name, the name of your institution and an appropriate title. If it is a group project or you received input from other researchers, they should be acknowledged on the poster. However, you should only include logos of organizations that have directly contributed to the project or research.

Poster Specifications 

Your poster must be 24 inches wide by 36 inches high (61 cm x 91 cm, portrait orientation). All graphics should be of high enough quality for printing at this size, recommended minimum 300 dpi.

You must submit your poster as a PDF. You may also choose to upload an image of your poster in jpeg format to your profile. Note that there is a file size limit of 25 MB for uploads to Esri's web site. 

Further information on required poster specifications. 

Winning posters will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web site. Please only submit materials which can be shared publically. 

6. What are the format requirements for the summary report?

Candidates are encouraged to submit their report as a story map instead of a formal written report. The content requirements are the same but the specifications are different.  

Specifications - Report

Your report should contain a summary of your project or research goals, methodology and results that supports the content of your poster. You should include maps and other graphics as appropriate.

You must include your name, the name of your institution and an appropriate title. You should also acknowledge any group members or other researchers that contributed to the project or research.

The main body (excluding title page, captions and references) should not be more than 1000 words.

Specifications – Story Map

Your story map should contain a summary of your project or research goals, methodology and results that supports the content of your poster. You should include maps and other graphics as appropriate.

All sections in your story map should be an appropriate length to be both informative and engaging. You may choose to use a more informal style than you would use in a written report.

You must include proper citations, including for any images that are not your own. Since it is an interactive format, you may also consider including links for readers to learn more about a topic.

Further Information 

Winning submissions will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web sites. Please only submit materials which can be shared publically. 

7: 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 Trent staff member whose field of expertise and position includes Esri technologies and GIS. 

8: What is the deadline for Submittting an Application:

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 18, 2022 by noon 

9: Where do I submit the application?

Applications must be submitted in digital format by email to  (files that are too large to append to email messages should be posted to your Trent google drive with link to the file provided in your email message). 

10: What happens to winning recipients' poster submissions?

Posters will be displayed on the Esri scholars portal and Trent's web site / GIS Day exhibits. A small number of posters may be displayed at Esri Canada User Conferences once in-person events resume.

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

Barbara Znamirowski  

Trent Library Maps, Data & Government Information Centre