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Call for Nominations for the 2020 IEEE Canadian Foundation Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science

Update: Deadline extension for the 2020 scholarship.

This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to all our lives, and we are all searching for what is now being called ‘the new normal’. This extraordinary circumstance prompted the selection committee to decide to extend the deadline for applications and nominations to midnight on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The revised call for applications and nominations is attached below and can also be found at under “Nominations”. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sam Scully (



The Scholarship will, in future, 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 deadline for applications and nominations for the 2020 Scholarship is April 30, 2020. Nominations and applications should be sent to Dr. Sam Scully, at or 1203-77 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5B 2J7.


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