Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence (VSAI)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019-20 VECTOR SCHOLARSHIP IN AI RECIPIENTS!

Stay tuned for the date of the fall celebration of your achievement

Vector’s merit-based scholarship program recognizes promising AI talent in Ontario and supports the recruitment of top students to AI-related master’s programs that prepare them with the skills and competencies essential to building a strong AI ecosystem. Scholarships are valued at $17,500 for one full year of study at an Ontario University. The 2019-20 scholarship recipients are among the best and brightest students who will enroll in core-technical and complementary AI-related fields in the new academic year. We wish them every success with their studies!

UPCOMING 2020-21 COMPETITION

KEY DATES:

January 6, 2020    Launch of 2020-21 VSAI Competition (all forms made available as at this date)

April 3, 2020         Deadline for receipt of nominations from university programs

April 27, 2020       Notification of competition results sent to universities and VSAI recipients

In order to be considered for a scholarship, candidates must have applied for entrance into a master’s program in an AI-related field at an Ontario University for the 2020-21 academic year, meet the VSAI eligibility criteria, and supply necessary documentation.

Ontario university programs to which a candidate has applied may nominate their top applicants to the Vector Institute for scholarship consideration. The Vector Institute does not accept applications directly from prospective students.

ELIGIBILITY

NOTE: Forms required for the 2020-21 scholarship competition will be made available in January 2020.

Click here to download detailed eligibility requirements for the 2020-21 scholarship competition.

ABOUT THE VECTOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The Vector Scholarships in Artificial Intelligence are merit-based awards that recognize top candidates pursuing AI-related studies in master’s programs recognized by the Vector Institute or who are following an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI-focused in Ontario, Canada. Scholarships will be awarded to students in both core technical programs and complementary fields such as business and health.

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

List of Recognized AI-Related Programs:

Vector Scholarship in Artifical Intelligence Award Recipients:

2019-20 recipients
Name Program University
Nokhbeh Zaeem, Mohammad Computer Science Carleton University
Foroutan, Frohan Economics Carleton University
Bauman, Valerie Engineering (Collaborative Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Allam, Abdelrahman Engineering (Collaborative Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Shekhar, Shashank Engineering (Collaborative Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Foxcroft, Jeremy Computer Science (Collaborative Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Kamal, Farjana Computer Science Lakehead University
Heydrich, Tim Computer Science Lakehead University
Zhang, Shengyi Computer Science Lakehead University
Emu, Mahzabeen Computer Science Lakehead University
White, Lindsay Computational Science & Engineering McMaster University
Dai, Linhui Electrical & Computer Engineering McMaster University
Scott, Ryan Electrical & Computer Engineering McMaster University
Larocque, William Computer Science University of Ottawa
Lee, Hoyoun Computer Science University of Ottawa
Li, Wei Computer Science University of Ottawa
Wang, Ning Computer Science University of Ottawa
Templeton, Julian Computer Science University of Ottawa
Fernandes, Johan Computer Science University of Ottawa
Kaczmarek, Emily Computer Science Queen’s University
Jiang, Bote Computer Science Queen’s University
Babaei, Hossein Electrical & Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Banh, Alexander Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Jones, Kyle Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Smith, Mark Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Sehdev, Amrit Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Skingle, Brendan Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Singh, Gunpreet Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Wang, Jiaxi (Nicky) Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Malik, Garima Data Science & Analytics Ryerson University
Patel, Kshirabdhi Data Science & Analytics Ryerson University
Mishra, Lipsa Data Science & Analytics Ryerson University
Anumanchineni, Harish Data Science & Analytics Ryerson University
Dutta , Esha Applied Computing University of Toronto
Nanderian, Pantea Applied Computing University of Toronto
Le, Huu Uyen Phuong Applied Computing University of Toronto
Saha, Rohit Applied Computing University of Toronto
Parker, Jerrod Applied Computing University of Toronto
Kumar, Shakti Applied Computing University of Toronto
Habib, Faisal Applied Computing University of Toronto
Wei, Lixiang Applied Computing University of Toronto
Sabo, Andrea Biomedical Engineering University of Toronto
Cheung, Christina Computer Science University of Toronto
Bharadwaj, Homanga Computer Science University of Toronto
Cao, Tianshi Computer Science University of Toronto
Li, Andrew Computer Science University of Toronto
Qiu, Han Jie Computer Science University of Toronto
Wu, Qiongsi Computer Science University of Toronto
Wang, Jianmin (Jamie) Health Informatics University of Toronto
Perron, Rachelle Health Informatics University of Toronto
Shen, An-Qi Health Informatics University of Toronto
DeWit, Michael Health Informatics University of Toronto
Yang, Hojin Mechanical & Industrial Engineering University of Toronto
Pogacar, Frances Mechanical & Industrial Engineering University of Toronto
Priya, Varshini G Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Bani, Denisa Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
He, Xichen Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Resnick, Adam Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Bianchi, Mollie Aerospace Science & Engineering University of Toronto
Grover, Abhinav Aerospace Science & Engineering University of Toronto
McCorriston, Melissa Data Science (Combined) University of Waterloo
Sundrelingam, Vaakesan Data Science (Combined) University of Waterloo
Zhu, Hezhi (Winston) Data Science (Combined) University of Waterloo
Guo, Xinyu Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Waterloo
Rasoolijaberi, Maral Systems Design University of Waterloo
Adnan, Mohammed Systems Design University of Waterloo
Duan, Haonan Computer Science University of Waterloo
Tayeh, Tareq Software Engineering (Collaborative Specialization in AI) Western University
Wang, Huanchi Electrical & Computer Engineering (Collaborative Specialization in AI) Western University
Yerubandi, Dhanusha Data Analytics Western University
Popli, Simran Data Analytics Western University
Wen, Yizhe Data Analytics Western University
Bhasin, Deepanshu Data Analytics Western University
Kaur, Jasmeet Computer Science York University
Palangat, Revthi Jayarajan Business Analytics York University
Kur, Daniel Business Analytics York University
2018-19 recipients
Name Program University
Bender, Travis Statistics (Data Science Specialization) University of Waterloo
Bhaskara, Subrahmanya Vineeth Applied Computing University of Toronto
Burns, Levi Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Chen, Dezhong Business Analytics York University (Schulich)
Crowson, Mathew Mechanical and Industrial Engineering University of Toronto
Desai, Sneha Applied Computing University of Toronto
Dong, Ke Aerospace Science and Engineering University of Toronto (UTIAS)
Dulhanty, Christopher Systems Design Engineering University of Waterloo
Dworakowski, Daniel Mechanical and Industrial Engineering University of Toronto
Edraki, Amin Electrical and Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Elsherbiny, Habiba Electrical and Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Emara, Salma Shukry Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Toronto
Fernandes, Alexander Biomedical Engineering (Data Science Specialization) Carleton University
Fotak, Meghan Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Fu, Yan Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Toronto
Gao, Jun Computer Science University of Toronto
Gerolami, Justin Computer Science (AI) Queen’s University
Gou, Stephen Applied Computing University of Toronto
Grewal, Karan Raj Singh Computer Science University of Toronto
Hall, Adam Aerospace Science and Engineering University of Toronto (UTIAS)
Hennick, Tyler Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Hossain, Safwan Computer Science University of Toronto
Huang, Gary Applied Computing University of Toronto
Kazmi, Arslan Computer Science (Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Kogan, Ilan Statistical Sciences University of Toronto
Lam, Jason Tzu-Kei Computer Science (AI) Queen’s University
Li, Aileen Statistics (Data Science Specialization) University of Waterloo
Ling, Huan Computer Science University of Toronto
Liu , Zhengyuan Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Liu, Ziyue Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Lucaci, Diana Computer Science (AI) University of Ottawa
Mahdy, Basma Electrical and Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Matharu, Gurpreet Computer Science (AI) York University
McLean, Carson Computer Science University of Toronto
Meihong, Chen Computer Science (AI) University of Ottawa
Mielnik, Dominique Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Mohammadalizadehbakhtevari, Pedram Electrical and Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Morton, Evan Business Analytics York University (Schulich)
Murali, Ranjani Applied Computing University of Toronto
Qie, Chenzi Applied Computing University of Toronto
Rajshree Daulatabad Computer Science (AI) York University
Roewer-Despres, Francois Computer Science University of Toronto
Rowe, Matthew Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Samavi, Sepehr Aerospace Science and Engineering University of Toronto (UTIAS)
Skreta, Marta Computer Science University of Toronto
Sopik, Victoria Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Stahlke, Samantha Computer Science University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Sun, Wanrong Computer Science (Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Szentimrey, Hannah Engineering (Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Tahsien, Syeda Manjia Engineering (Specialization in AI) University of Guelph
Tan, Xiaodan Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Toronto
Tassone, Joseph Computer Science Lakehead University
Veitch, David Statistical Sciences University of Toronto
Wang, Ariel Management Analytics University of Toronto (Rotman)
Wang, Houze Computer Science University of Waterloo
Wang, Shirly Applied Computing University of Toronto
Wen, Ethan Computer Science University of Toronto
Wong, Jeremy Aerospace Science and Engineering University of Toronto (UTIAS)
Wu, KaiWen Computer Science University of Waterloo
Yan, Peizi Computer Science Lakehead University
Yang, Xiaoyu Electrical and Computer Engineering Queen’s University
Yasodhara, Angeline Computer Science University of Toronto
Yee, Brian Management in Artificial Intelligence Queen’s University (Smith)
Young, Adamo Computer Science University of Toronto
Yu, Geoffrey Computer Science University of Toronto
Yuan, Gao Computer Science (AI) University of Ottawa

Frequently Asked Questions – Students

Can candidates apply directly for a Vector Scholarship?

Programs can nominate eligible candidates who have received an offer of admission, candidates cannot apply directly for a Vector Scholarship. However, to support the nomination, candidates must supply a short statement and solicit two referee reports to be sent directly to the program in which the candidate received an offer of admission. Prospective students should alert the program of their interest in being nominated for a Vector Scholarship.

I am currently a master’s student studying in an AI-related field – am I eligible to apply or to be nominated?

No, the scholarships are for AI-related master’s students who will register and begin their studies in the 2020-21 academic year; others are not eligible.

I have applied to a master’s program in a Canadian university outside of Ontario, can I be nominated for a VSAI?

No, the scholarships are restricted to AI master’s students studying in an Ontario university.

If I am awarded a scholarship and decide to accept an offer of admission into a different master’s program, can I keep the scholarship?

No, the scholarship is awarded to the candidate for study in the master’s program that submitted the nomination; it cannot be transferred to another program of study or to a similar program at a different university.

If I am selected to receive a VSAI and have accepted either a Tri-Council award (CGS-M) or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), can I accept the VSAI?

Yes, you can hold a VSAI and an OGS or CGS-M simultaneously.

If I am selected to receive a VSAI and I can accept the award, can I defer my start date?

Usually, the VSAI must be taken up in accordance with the start date indicated by the program which nominated you. However, in extenuating circumstances (e.g. unanticipated: medical issues, family responsibilities, or visa delays), deferral may be granted with relevant documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions – Program Administrators and Faculty

Can candidates apply directly for a VSAI?

No, programs can nominate eligible candidates who have received an offer of admission, candidates cannot apply directly for a VSAI. However, to support the nomination, candidates must supply a short statement and solicit two referee reports to be sent directly to the program in which the candidate received an offer of admission. Prospective students should alert the program of their interest in being nominated for a VSAI.

Can current master’s students studying in an AI-related field be nominated for a VSAI?

No, the scholarships are for AI-related master’s students who will register and begin their studies in the 2020-21 academic year; others are not eligible.

Can international applicants with an offer of admission from an Ontario University be nominated for a VSAI?

Yes, providing they meet all the eligibility requirements as described in the VSAI details and they are highly qualified to merit nomination by the intended program of study.

How can programs support the VSAI process?

VSAI’s are intended to attract strong applicants and students to your program; as such, making applicants and prospective applicants aware of these awards is important. In terms of the process, programs are responsible for nominating incoming AI master’s students as described in the VSAI details. This involves:

1) ensuring that eligible applicants to your program who have been offered admission have been instructed to provide their 250-word statement and seek references from two referees using the VSAI referee report form (*Depending on your computer you may have to download Acobat Reader DC to save information to this PDF, which can be obtained here);

2) providing the prospective student with the name and email address of your program contact and the deadline date by which the contact must receive the statement and referee reports (as per #1);

3) ensure that the deadline for submission of material is far enough in advance of Vector’s submission deadline of April 6, 2020 to allow for the ranking of nominees and the collation of the nomination package; and

4) complete and submit the appropriate nomination form (see VSAI details) along with the nomination package collated in a single PDF file following the instructions included in the terms of reference document.

If a student nominated by my program is awarded a scholarship and then decides to accept an offer of admission into a different master’s program, can they keep the scholarship?

No, the scholarship is awarded to the candidate for study in the master’s program that submitted the nomination; it cannot be transferred to another program of study in either the same university or a different university. In such cases, the scholarship reverts to Vector for possible re-allocation.

Can a VSAI recipient simultaneously hold a Tri-Council award (CGS-M) or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)?

Yes, a VSAI recipient may hold an OGS or a CGS-M at the same time.

Can a VSAI recipient defer their start date?

Usually, the VSAI must be taken up in accordance with the start date specified on the nomination form. However, in extenuating circumstances (e.g. unanticipated: medical issues, family responsibilities, or visa delays), deferral may be granted with relevant documentation.

Are VSAIs paid directly to the recipient?

Funds are transferred to the universities and paid out through the Faculty/School of Graduate Studies student awards system in instalments. All funds go directly to and in full to the recipients, providing they maintain full-time enrolment and are in good standing.

I am using a Mac computer and experiencing issues with merging nomination packages for students. What should I do?

We strongly recommend the use of Mac Preview in compiling nomination packages, as there have been errors documented with using Adobe and other platforms for merging PDFs.

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