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The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually.
A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
$50,000 per year
3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
|July – November 2019||Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.|
|Internal Deadline (varies)||Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.|
|November 6, 2019 (20:00 ET)||Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.|
|November 2019 – March 2020||Review and evaluation of nominations.|
|Early April 2020||Anticipated notification of results.Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.|
|May 1, 2020, September 1, 2020 or January 1, 2021||Payments begin.|
The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Confirm that you and your nominating institution meet all the criteria below before you apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).
Nominations that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
Note: ResearchNet will only allow the creation of one application per applicant. Applicants should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study and are advised to discuss their decision with the nominating institution before they submit the application through ResearchNet.
All prior doctoral-level studies, regardless of discipline, are considered in the evaluation of eligibility, and are considered to be continuous, full-time, and uninterrupted unless otherwise confirmed by the institution (including the summer months, unless on official leave). Students who studied on a part-time basis, or who interrupted their studies with their university’s official approval, must outline the dates of interruption or part-time study in the Special Circumstances attachment.
The Vanier-Banting Secretariat will start all calculation of the number of months completed at the beginning of the first term of PhD with the following exceptions:
|If the Candidate||…then the secretariat will:|
|Is registered in a combined Master’s /PhD program||Remove 12 months from the original PhD enrolment date|
|Is registered in a direct-entry doctoral program (i.e., has not ever enrolled in, or earned, a Master’s degree)||Remove 12 months from the original PhD enrolment date|
|Has been accelerated from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree||Remove 12 months from the original Master’s enrolment date|
|Is enrolled in a joint undergraduate/graduate research degree program||Only count time spent undertaking PhD work (see notes).|
Example: If you were completing full-time doctoral studies as of January 1, 2019, with no interruptions during this period, the Secretariat will consider you as having completed 16 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020. If, during this period, you were on leave from your program for four months, the Secretariat will consider you as having completed 12 months of doctoral studies. If, in addition to having taken one semester off, you had been registered part-time for one semester (i.e., four months), the Secretariat will consider you as having completed 10 months of doctoral studies.
The nominating institution must have received a Vanier CGS quota.
Without exception, the Vanier CGS is tenable only at the eligible Canadian institution that submitted the nomination.
To hold the Vanier CGS, the candidate must:
Those wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS should verify that the institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies has a Vanier CGS quota. They must then inform the institution that they wish to be considered for a Vanier CGS.
Candidates must be nominated by the institution at which they want to study. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program. Vanier CGS application packages submitted through ResearchNet will first be submitted to the Canadian institution that will be putting forward their nomination.
Candidates should verify institutional internal deadlines with the administrator at the nominating institution.
Candidates should read the Selection Committee Guide prior to commencing their application. This guide lists the three evaluation criteria and has useful information on how the criteria are evaluated.
The Secretariat has curated a list of resources to help applicants, institutions, referees, and evaluators consider equity, diversity, and inclusion in their application. All applicants are encouraged to review the resources before they begin preparing their application.
To be considered eligible for funding, candidates must attain an average score of at least 3.1 in each of the three criteria.