Nick Cercone

The Scholarship will be 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, and is 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).

Candidates can apply or be nominated. Nominations and applications must explain how the candidate meets the above criteria, and must be accompanied by a copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae and an up-to-date transcript; they must also be accompanied by supporting letters from the candidate’s supervisor—who in the case of a nomination will also be the nominator—and a second faculty member.

In future, the value of the Scholarship will be doubled, so the value of the
2020 Award will be $6,000. A student can receive the award only once.

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

The REVISED deadline for applications and nominations for the 2020 Scholarship is May 31, 2020. Nominations and applications should be sent to Dr. Sam Scully, at or 1203-77 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5B 2J7.

For more information about the Scholarship, please go to


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