The Vector Institute’s RAISE AI initiative Scholarships 2019

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Application Deadline: 4:00 pm EDT, April 5,2019

The Vector Institute’s RAISE AI initiative is a catalyst for workforce development comprising three primary activities:talent placement via internships,networking and AI community building,and master’s education inAI. The support of the Province of Ontario and the commitment of Ontario’s universities to recruit top talent and increase both enrolment and the number of graduates from AI-related master’s programs will contribute to growing the AI talent base needed fora robust AI eco-system.

The merit-based Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence(VSAI) assist universities in attracting excellent students and deepening the pool of applicants in addition to supporting students in their pursuit of AI-related studies and building community among scholars.

Up to 115 VSAI will be awarded in 2019-20, each valued at $17,500 for one year(prorated for programs less than 12 months duration). AI-related master’s programs recognized by Vector as delivering a curriculum that equips its graduates with the skills and competencies identified by industry as essential are eligible to receive a VSAI allocation to enable early recruitment of excellent candidates(up to a total of 25VSAI system-wide).

Eligibility for Scholarships

For candidates to be consideredfor aVSAI, all the following conditions must be met:

1.Candidates must be accepted into either:

A) a recognized full-time AI-related master’s program; or B)a full-time master’s program not currently recognized, but in which candidates will pursue an individualized plan of study that is demonstrably AI-focused.

2.Candidates must register for full-time studyand begin their AI-related master’s program in 2019-20. 3.Candidates must hold first-class standing (minimum of A-or equivalent) in the last two-years of study(full time equivalent) in an honours undergraduate program from a recognized university.

Consideration will be given to candidates with upper second class standing(B+) and relevant work experienceor where extenuating circumstances apply(describe reason for consideration).

4.Two referee reports must be completed using the downloaded fillable PDF VSAI referee report form submitted to the program in which the candidate will register. At least one of the reports must be from an academicreferee. [Candidates should seek references at soon as possible and complete the top portion of the referee form before emailing the form to their refereesfor them to fill out].

*5.Candidates must supply a 250-word statement outlining their reason for pursuing a master’s in AI, relevant AI-related experience, and career aspirations.

*6.Candidates must be nominated by the program in which they intend to register.

The Vector Institute will award up to 115 scholarships to meritorious students who pursue a full-time AI-related master’s degree in the Province of Ontario in the 2019-20 academic year. Scholarships are valued at $17,500 CAD for one full year of study.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must take the following actions:

  1. Apply and be accepted for full-time study in an AI-related master’s program for the 2019-20 academic year in the province of Ontario that is: A) recognized by the Vector Institute; or B) in an AI-related discipline that offers individualized study paths that are demonstrably AI-focused; or C) Hold a GPA equivalent to a first class standing (A-)
  2. Submit a 250-word (maximum) statement outlining the reason for pursuing a master’s in AI, relevant AI-related experience, and career aspirations. Statements must be submitted directly to the program to which the student has applied and which has offered the student admission.
  3. Acquire references from two referees, one of whom must be an academic. Reference forms must be submitted directly by the referee to the administrator of the program to which the student has applied and which has offered the student admission. Students must complete the top part of the form BEFORE emailing it to their referees.

For each nominee, the following supporting documents must be provided in order:

1.A copy of the official transcript(s) including the grading system (undergraduate and,if applicable, graduate transcripts)

2.Two referees’ reports (VSAI referee report form)

3.A statement from the applicant (maximum 250 words).

4.A description of the candidate’s AI-related study plan(e.g. course numbers & titles; capstone/project description) signed by the nominee and the Graduate Curriculum Chair or faculty advisor.


The completed nomination form (A or B, as required) and supporting documents must be submitted electronically (submit button on the nomination web form)no later than 4:00 pm EDT, April 5,2019. Incomplete and ineligible nominations will not be considered. Competition results will be communicated by noon, April 26, 2019.

For More Information:

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