Enter the Esri Australia Young Scholar Award competition

The Esri Young Scholars Award gives students from across the country the opportunity to attend the world's largest spatial technology conference – the 2020 Esri User Conference – and network with the keenest GIS minds on the planet.

The national competition celebrates excellence in geospatial sciences, and is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying geospatial disciplines at Australian universities.

We recognise that it is early in the semester, so we encourage you to submit work from the previous university year.

As well as receiving an all access pass to the world's biggest spatial event, you will have your work displayed alongside other Young Scholar works from around the world.

Not to mention, you will also have the chance to meet Jack Dangermond – Esri founder and president – when he presents you with your international award.


The winning student will then be flown to the 2020 User Conference – to be held in San Diego, California from 13-17 July – and receive a prize package including flights, accommodation and event registration.

  • Flights and accommodation
  • All access pass to the Esri User Conference
  • Your work displayed in the Map Gallery to over 16,000 GIS professionals
  • A chance to meet Jack Dangermond
  • Networking with Young Scholar award recipients from across the world
  • An ArcGIS for Personal Use license
  • A chance to kick start your career

How to enter

To be in the running to become the 2020 Australian Young Scholar, you need to submit an exciting project or research paper that uses Esri GIS technology*. Your submission must include:

  • Your Young Scholars entry (software development/application or report)
  • A written response (no more than 500 words) outlining the purpose of your project, its value, and why you should be the Australian Esri Young Scholar
  • An image that illustrates your project or report (e.g. map). The image must be 300dpi and a .pdf or .png file
  • Proof you are currently enrolled as a student at an Australian university – in the form of a letter from your lecturer/tutor and a photocopy of your university ID

The competition closes on Tuesday 31st of March at midnight.

Submissions are now closed.

If you missed out this year, complete the Expression of Interest form to receive updates on the 2021 Young Scholar competition.


Entries will be judged by a panel of experts representing commercial, government and industry sectors – based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and/or innovation
  • Real-world relevancy
  • Application of Esri technology
  • Technical merit

This year's judging panel includes:

Where are they now?

For an insight into what your future might hold, read about the previous Esri Young Scholar Award recipients.

New to your GIS degree but want to save your seat? Complete the Expression of Interest form to receive updates on the 2021 Young Scholar competition.

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