Nomination Process

Nominations are solicited every year before April 30. Eligibility and nomination process are described below.


The Cercone scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Computer Science in a Canadian university, who has completed between two and three years of the program, and is working on artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge representation, or 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 involvement in helping others (e.g. tutoring, service on a student council, organizing student activities, volunteer work outside the university).

This is an endowed scholarship, which will be awarded annually.  A student can receive the award only once. 

Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated by a university professor very familiar with the student’s work and other activities.  The nomination must include the following:

  1. A statement about how the candidate meets the above criteria;
  2. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae and an up-to-date transcript;
  3. At least two supporting letters from people other than the nominator, including ideally letters from at least one professor other than the nominator and one fellow student, who can comment on the candidate’s involvement in the community and in helping others..

The deadline for nominations in 2019 is April 30, 2019.  Nominations (preferably in PDF files) should be sent to Dr. Sam Scully, at or 1203-77 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5B 2J7.

Selection Process

The nominations will be assessed by a section committee. In 2019, the committee members are: Dr. Aijun An (chair), York University; Dr. Randy Goebel, University of Alberta; and Dr. Gord McCalla, University of Saskatchewan.  A committee in future years may be formed jointly by Nick’s friends and Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC). The name of the successful nominee will be announced on this website and also through the CS-Can/Info-Can and CAIAC websites by June. IEEE Canadian Foundation will also announce the winner and present the award in their meetings.