Kickstart your career in geospatial science

The Esri Young Scholar Award celebrates excellence, innovation, and creativity in the use of GIS technology to solve real-world challenges. 

Each year this exciting Award gives one lucky Indonesian student the opportunity to advance their GIS career, by offering valuable industry experience, exposure to the geospatial sector and a platform to present their work on a global stage. 

Submit an entry 

How to enter

To be in the running to become the 2023 Esri Young Scholar, Indonesian undergraduate and postgraduate geospatial discipline students are invited to submit a project, software development, application or research paper that strategically leverages GIS to drive positive outcomes.  

The submission must include: 

  • A completed ‘Young Scholar Entry Form’. 

  • An entry project, software development, application or research paper. 

  • A written response (no more than 500 words) outlining the purpose of your project, its value and why you should be the next Indonesian Esri Young Scholar. 

  • A one-page poster that provides an overview of your project or report. The poster must be 300dpi and a .pdf or .png file. 

  • Proof that you are currently enrolled as a student at a university in Indonesia – in the form of a letter from your lecturer/tutor and a photocopy of your university ID. 

Submissions close on 13 March 2023.


The winning student will receive a prize package including: 

  • All-paid expenses trip to the 2023 Esri User Conference in San Diego – the biggest geospatial annual conference 

  • An acrylic award and certificate recognizing your achievement 

  • A cash prize for the second and third place winner  

  • An ArcGIS for Personal Use license (12-month license) 

  • Your work displayed for thousands of GIS users from around the world in the 2023 Esri User Conference Map Gallery 

  • The opportunity to network with international Young Scholar Award recipients 

  • A chance to kickstart your career 

View the 2023 competition terms and conditions


Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and/or innovation

  • Real-world relevancy

  • Application of Esri technology

  • Technical merit

The judging panel will select the 2023 Indonesian Esri Young Scholar, with a public announcement made via Esri Indonesia’s website and social media channels.

For more information, please contact our education team.