Awards and Scholarships

2023 Awards & Scholarships Winners. Distinguished Contribution Award: Nadika Senadheera, Lucy Chepkochei. Young Professional Award: Marilyn Cepeda. Graduate Scholarships: Aymber McElroy, Chayanika Devi. Undergraduate Scholarships: Tamrin Jahan, Michaela Roberts. Geospatial Work Grants: Ayushi Gupta, Aqsa Qalb

Women in GIS (WiGIS) offers an Award and Scholarship Program for women studying and working in geospatial fields. In collaboration with Esri, Women In GIS recognizes 3 individuals with an award and provides 6 scholarships.

WiGIS Awards recognize the contributions of women to geospatial fields. The scholarships provide funds for education expenses to undergraduate and graduate students and seed grants for women in the professional or academic sectors to support projects and research in a myriad of geospatial areas.

Applications* are accepted from women in any country/region. Underrepresented women are particularly encouraged to apply. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else as well. 

2023 Awards

  • Distinguished Contribution Award

  • Young Professional Award

  • WiGIS Service Award

2023 Scholarships

Two (2) scholarships were awarded for each category:

  • Undergraduate - $500
  • Graduate - $1000
  • Grants for practitioners and academics - $2000

Stay connected with us to learn when the next award cycle opens.

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We are always accepting contributions to the WiGIS Awards and Scholarships Fund. If you would like to support this program, please visit the Awards and Scholarships Fund support page.

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*Please Note:

  1. The Awards and Scholarships Committee has the right to contact references, employers, or other entities for verification of the status and accuracy of the application materials or the applicant’s statement.
  2. Decisions made by the committee and the Board of Directors in connection with the selection process will be final and requests for reconsideration will NOT be entertained.
  3. Non-US Applicants/Nominees understand that any award or scholarship money shall be disbursed in accordance with the laws of the United States.

2023 Awards Announcement. Distinguished Contribution Award: 1. Nadika Senadheera (Sri Lanka) 2. Lucy Chepkochei (Kenya). Young Professional Award: Marilyn Cepeda (Equador). There were 28 total nominations received. 50% Distinguished Contribution, 46% Young Professional, and 4% Service.

2023 Scholarships Announcement: Graduate/Post-Graduate: 1. Aymber McElroy (USA) 2. Chayanika Devi (USA). Undergraduate: 1. Michaela Roberts (USA) 2. Tamrin Jahan (Bangladesh). Grant for practitioner or academic: 1. Aqsa Qalb (Pakistan) 2. Ayushi Gupta (India). There were 113 total applications received. 53% graduate/post-graduate, 28% undergraduate, 19% grant.

Awards and Scholarships are in collaboration with Esri

Esri - The science of where

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