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Esri India Young Scholar Program

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The Esri India Young Scholar Program is an opportunity for one Indian student to showcase their GIS Project at a global level via the Esri User Conference to be held in San Diego.

The nationwide competition celebrates excellence in geospatial study and is open to undergraduate and post graduate students from geospatial disciplines at universities and colleges in India.

The GIS project that is submitted for the award can include comprehensive research papers, software development, impactful maps, and apps that promote Education, Conservation, Indoor Mapping, Drone Analytics, Agriculture, Disaster Response, Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Social Science, Health etc.

Who can participate?

  • Full-time students of Indian origin, enrolled in an undergraduate or post graduate program of an Indian University. Students graduating in 2023 can also join the contest.
  • This is an individual performance/skill showcase. Group projects would not be considered.
  • Only one entry per candidate will be accepted. So, send your best work.
    • Use of Esri GIS Technology is a must and should have been used in the project.
    • The study/project must be based in India
who can participate

How to participate?

To be in the running for India's 2023 Young Scholar, submit your research or awe-inspiring project that uses Esri GIS technology. It should include:
  • Your Young Scholar entry (application or research)
  • An abstract (no more than 500 words) outlining the objective of your project, its value proposition, and why you should be Esri India's Young Scholar
  • An A0 size poster with map elements to summarize the work and visualize the project effort i.e. 84.1cm x 118.9cm; in two file formats (a) AI/PSD format and (b) PDF format in 300 dpi
  • All submissions must fully comply with U.S. Export laws and all other applicable laws including COVID-19 mandates
View the Terms & Conditions
how can participate


  • Register for the program by 20th March 2023 and send your project with poster and detailed report by 31st March 2023 to
  • Students are encouraged to submit their projects well before the deadline. This will enable Esri India Technical Experts to give guidance to student for him/her to improvise their projects and resubmit the latest version by 31st March 2023

Evaluation Criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Nativeness – Representation of Indian Scenarios and resolving Indian Spatial problems
  • Uniqueness
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Real-world relevance
  • Application of Esri technology
Evaluation criteria

Prize & Recognition

We are looking at for top three ‘GIS Scholars of India’. Apart from getting a trophy of Esri India Scholar of the Year, Certificate and an ArcGIS Personal Use License, these top 3 would be considered for the global Esri Young Scholar Program. One selected winner will also get:

  • FREE registration to Esri Education Summit and Esri International User Conference, San Diego in July, 2023
  • Travel and hotel accommodation (to a maximum of 7 nights)
  • Attend the Esri Award Ceremony to receive the award and take a group photo with Jack Dangermond
  • Poster displayed in the Special Displays section at the Map Gallery
  • Social event to meet other Young Scholars

Check out previous year’s young scholars

  • 2022 esri india young scholar award winner

    2022 Esri Young Scholar Award Winners

    View the story map to learn more about each of the awardees.

  • 2021 esri india young scholar award winner

    2021 Esri Young Scholar Award Winners

    View the story map to learn more about each of the awardees.

  • 2020 esri india young scholar award winner

    2020 Esri Young Scholar Award Winners

    View the story map to learn more about each of the awardees.