Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence

The Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence supports the recruitment of top students to AI-related master’s programs in Ontario. Valued at $17,500 for one year of full-time study at an Ontario university, these merit-based entrance awards recognize exceptional candidates pursuing a master’s program recognized by the Vector Institute or who are following an individualized study path that is demonstrably AI-focused. Students in both core technical programs and complementary fields such as business and health are eligible for nomination. Scholarship nominations open January 6 and close April 3, 2020.

As students cannot apply directly to the Vector Institute for the scholarship, they are encouraged to work with the Ontario university to which they have applied for full-time master’s study. Individual programs may have specific internal deadlines related to the scholarship for applicants they will be nominating. Scholarship nominations open January 6, 2020 , and all scholarship nomination packages must be submitted by Ontario universities to the Vector Institute by April 3, 2020.

To be eligible for consideration for the scholarship, prospective students must:

  • Be applying for entrance into a full-time master’s program in an AI-related field at an Ontario university for the 2020-21 academic year. You may be applying to a Vector- recognized program or be pursuing an individualized study plan that is demonstrably AI-focused at an Ontario university.
  • Hold first-class standing (minimum of A- or equivalent) in the last two years of study (full-time equivalent) from a recognized university. It is expected that the prospective student’s transcript will reflect preparedness for the proposed master’s study. Consideration will be given to candidates with upper second class standing (B+) and relevant work experience or where extenuating circumstances apply if rationale for consideration is included.

Scholarship applications must be submitted through the program(s) the prospective student has applied to and include the following components:

  • copies of all official transcripts;
  • two references (at least one of two references must be academic). Note that the referee forms are not the same forms submitted when you applied to your program. Referee forms will become available on the Vector website on January 6, 2020;
  • an up-to-date one to two-page CV; and
  • a 250-word statement outlining your reason for pursuing a master’s in AI, relevant AI-related experience, and career aspirations.

If you receive a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence for 2020-21, you must be registered full-time at the Ontario university by which you were nominated to receive the award. Scholarship funds will be provided directly to the university to disperse to you. Please note that the award is non-transferable.

All scholarship-related questions can be directed to