Brief on the Young Scholar Awards Program

The Esri Young Scholars Award program was launched in 2012 to recognize the exemplary work in geospatial sciences of undergraduate and graduate students at universities around the world. It is offered by Esri in cooperation with its international distributors. Nominees finalized by Sambus Geospatial undergo a selection procedure which requires a full overview of the candidates work.

Project Submission

Compete by submitting a project, software development,
application or research paper that leverages GIS.

Participant Eligibility

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying disciplines related to Geospatial Science.

Vetting & Preparation

Excel through the vetting process and inspire others to
leverage GIS in their projects and workflows.

Project Showcase

Get the chance to showcase your project at the world’s
largest spatial technology conference.

Entrant’s Information

Demonstrate how you leveraged GIS in your research innovatively by endeavoring to join the young scholar awards competition.


  • Applicant must be under 30 years of age
  • Applicant must have completed their undergraduate (BSc.) or graduate program (MSc. or MPhil.) which is related to the geospatial field, from a recognized college or university in any of our operational regions.
  • Project work must be socially relevant or technically innovative
  • Project work or Thesis should have been completed using the ArcGIS suite of software.

Entry Process

  • Export your final year project or thesis in PDF format.
  • Generate a map package for your ArcGIS project.
  • Complete the online form on our YSA Landing page and upload thesis Document. You may include other relevant links to your project, listed in one Word(docs.) document.
  • When shortlisted, our team would contact and guide you to submit your map package.


The 2024 Esri Young Scholar will win:
  • A trip to San Diego (USA)
  • A free Entry to the 2024 Esri UC where his or her project would be showcased and winners would be acknowledged personally by Jack Dangermond (Founder and president of Esri)
  • An ArcGIS for Personal Use license valid for 1 year (12 months)

Closing Date

The scheduled date for submissions falls on March 15, 2024.
Submissions attempted beyond this date would be unsuccessful as the portal would be closed until the next call for projects.

Previous Winners

Learn about our previous
winners over the years.

Winning Posters

Watch and download posters
created by our winners.


Kindly reach out to us for any enquiry on the Young Scholar Award on: +233(0) 509 542 400 | +234(0) 909 608 2857

Stand a Chance to Win
the 2024 Young Scholar


Complete the form and submit your deliverables for review.
Our YSA team would review your submission.