2018 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award at SFU

March 12, 2018


Esri Canada is a privately held Canadian-owned company that provides world-class enterprise geographic information systems (GIS) solutions. The company is offering a one-time award to one undergraduate and/or graduate student registered in advanced GIS studies at Simon Fraser University. The award is merit-based and intended to facilitate sustained studies in GIS by providing: a one-time payment of CAN$ 2,000; a perpetual licence of Esri’s ArcGIS software for education and research use; a one year professional-level subscription for ArcGIS Developer Program (ADP); selected Esri Press publications; two Esri Canada instructor-led training courses; registration to one of Esri Canada’s User Conference in 2018; and much more; all with a total value in excess of CAN$ 50,000. The student recipient(s) will also be eligible to apply for the 2018 Esri Young Scholar Award.


  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at SFU;
  • Hold a minimum B+ average in overall GPA, and complete a significant number of GIS related courses or co-op experience where relevant;
  • Competent in using Esri’s GIS technology for independent geospatial data analysis, modeling and problem-solving.

Application Package

  • POSTER (91.44cm x 121.92cm, at least 300dpi, *.pdf or *.png format): The analysis presented in the poster and paper must be original, recent and individual work that is sufficiently rigorous in the GIS methods and problems addressed. The poster should highlight the objectives, methods, results and conclusions of your work for display at an Esri conference. The work could be a significant project component of a regular course taken at SFU. Submissions that are already in the peer-review journal publication process, multiple author works, and works not completed as a registered full-time SFU student will be at a disadvantage;
  • PAPER (800-1000 words maximum excluding abstract, 1.5 line spacing, 2.5cm margins, use your judgement in terms of number of visual elements such as maps and tables): the paper (*.pdf format) should be structured into categories that include: abstract, introduction, data and methods, results and discussion, conclusion and references;
  • RESUME: provide a one page resume (*.pdf format) that includes your current contact information;
  • ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT: the transcript (*.pdf format) should clearly indicate a minimum B+ average in overall GPA. Using one separate sheet of single-sided paper (*.pdf format), indicate only the GIS related course numbers and titles as well as co-op experience if relevant, and briefly state how you used Esri GIS technology in each course or co-op experience;
  • LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: provide a signed recommendation letter (*.pdf format) from a Faculty member who may be familiar with your work that resulted in the poster and paper.


Submit your application package as a single archived file (*.zip or *.rar) attached in an email to: Prof. Suzana Dragicevic at <suzanad@sfu.ca> with the subject line “Canada Higher Education Scholarship in GIS for SFU”. In the body of the email state in separate lines: your SFU ID, Department/Unit name, Degree program and expected graduation date, and @sfu email address. An email receipt will be provided when your application is received.

Due date

Complete application packages should be received on: March 12th (before 5:00pm PST).


Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Faculty members from SFU. Works submitted by undergraduates and graduates will be factored into the evaluations. The successful applicant(s) will be contacted directly by Esri Canada.