Esri Young Scholars Award

Esri Young Scholars Award - 2018 entries now closed

Are you a university student currently studying geospatial sciences? If so, this is your chance to showcase your GIS research in front of more than 16,000 GIS professionals from around the world.

The Esri Young Scholars Award gives students from across the country the opportunity to be part of the world’s largest spatial technology conference and rub shoulders with the sharpest GIS minds on the planet.

The winner will jet off to San Diego, California to attend the Esri User Conference – with the prize package including:

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation
  • Event registration
  • Transfers on arrival
  • Daily allowance

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

As well as gaining an all-access-pass to the world’s biggest spatial event, the winner will have their work displayed alongside projects from other international Young Scholars.

They will also have the chance to meet Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond when he presents the award, and upon their return will receive a free ArcGIS for Personal Use licence.

How to enter

To be in the running to become the 2018 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
  • A signed entry form.


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

The judging panel will select the 2018 Australian Esri Young Scholar, with a public announcement made via Esri Australia’s website and social media channels.

The winning student will then be flown to the 2018 Esri User Conference – to be held in San Diego, California from 9-13 July – and receive a prize package including flights, accommodation and event registration.

2018 entries are now closed.

* View the 2018 competition terms and conditions.

Judging panel

Brett Bundock

Brett Bundock

Managing Director, Esri Australia

Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

Strategic Marketing Director, Institute for Economics and Peace

Daniel Bishton

Daniel Bishton

Author at Spatial Source

Alan Pearse

Alan Pearse

2017 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner

Iurii Shendryk

Yuri Shendryk

2016 Esri Australia Young Scholars Award winner

Young Scholar’s Esri UC San Diego experience

Young Scholar’s Esri UC San Diego experience

The 2017 award recipient put his IDW-Plus project in front of the global GIS community – gaining knowledge, making connections among 16,000 delegates and taking in all that San Diego has to offer. Read about Alan Pearse’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to the world’s biggest spatial event.