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Esri Canada Scholarships


Esri Canada Scholarship


2020 Esri Canada Scholarship Award


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, March 16, 2020, no later than 4 p.m.


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.

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 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 numbers 5 and 6 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, two Esri Canada instructor-led courses, registration to one of Esri Canada’s 2020 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 ArcGIS Desktop Advanced Single Use and ArcGIS Extensions bundle, for education and research use, which includes:

  • ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap
  • ArcGIS Desktop Extensions Bundle: ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Publisher, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Tracking Analyst, ArcGIS Data Reviewer, ArcGIS Data Interoperability, ArcGIS Schematics, ArcGIS Workflow Manager, Image Analyst

  • 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:

  • GeoPlanner for ArcGIS
  • ArcGIS Insights(includes 1000 service credits)
  • ArcGIS Urban

A three-year Professional-level subscription to the ArcGIS Developer Program (ADP), which includes ArcGIS Enterprise for development purposes as well as CityEngine

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 or university address), Telephone number, Trent Email Address, Department, school or faculty name, 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:
  • Indicate clearly the dates you started at Trent University, and when you anticipate graduating (including year and 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 may submit a Story Map in addition to or instead of a report. The Story Map must be public and must be shared to the 2020 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Recipients group in ArcGIS Online.

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

5. What are the format requirements for the poster?

The poster should be creatively designed, use an appropriate colour scheme and contain both text and graphics (including well-designed maps!) that describe the project and demonstrate the use of Esri technology. It must include the student’s name, the name of the institution and an appropriate title. If the project was completed in a group or with input from other researchers, they should be acknowledged on the poster.

The dimensions must be 24 in (w) by 36 in (h), portrait orientation. All graphics should be of high enough quality for printing at this size (300 dpi is recommended). The preferred file format for poster submissions is portable document format (.pdf), however Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx), jpeg and tiff formats are also acceptable. The file size should not exceed 10 MB.

For more information, see Guidelines for Poster Submission, under "Scholarship" (NOT under "Esri Young Scholar Award")

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

The report should be a written summary of the project’s goals, methodology and results and should include maps and other graphics as appropriate. It must Include a title page with the name the student, and the name of the institution.

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

For more information, see Guidelines for Summary Report, under "Scholarship" (NOT under "Esri Young Scholar Award")

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 GIS Support Specialist from the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre.

8: What is the deadline for Submittting an Application:

Applications are due no later than Monday, March 16, 2020 by 4 p.m.

9: Where do I submit the application?

Applications must be submitted in digital format by email to


10: 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 and will be profiled under Esri Canada's GIS Scholarship Web Portal. A selection of posters from the current year’s scholarship recipients may also be displayed at Esri Canada User Conferences.

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

Ellen Olsen-Lynch

Maps, Data & Government Information Centre

Trent University Library
Voice: 705 - 748-1011 ext 7488