The Scholarship is awarded biennially (i.e. every other year) to a student enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Computer Science at a Canadian university, who has completed between 18 months and 3 years of the program; a student who is in the fourth or fifth year of a doctoral program is eligible, but, all things being equal, priority will be given to a student who is in an earlier year of study.

The successful candidate should be working in one or more of these fields: artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge representation, and computational linguistics. Significant importance will be attached to the practical impact that the student’s research has had, or is likely to have, in real-world applications outside Computer Science. Weight will also be attached to the student’s academic excellence and to her or his involvement in helping others (e.g. tutoring, service on a student council, organizing student activities, and volunteer work outside the university).

An application package should contain a cover letter from the applicant that explains how the applicant meets the above criteria, and should also include a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae and an up-to-date transcript; it must also be accompanied by supporting letters from the applicant’s current supervisor and a second faculty member.

The value of the 2022 Award will be $6,000. A student can receive the award only once. For more information about the Scholarship, please go to

The following committee will assess the applications: Dr. Jimmy Huang (chair), York University; Dr. Randy Goebel, University of Alberta; and Dr. Gord McCalla, University of Saskatchewan; and Dr. Aijun An, York University.

The deadline for applications for the 2022 Scholarship is May 31, 2022. Applications should be sent to Dr. Jimmy Huang at with a subject of “Nick Cercone Scholarship Application.”


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