Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

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The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies. It considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership

Nationality Eligible: Canadian citizens, Permanent residents of Canada, Foreign citizens

Level of Study: Postgraduate

The institution of Study: Canadian institutions

Duration: Three years



To be considered for a Vanier Canada GS, you must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as MD/ Ph.D., DVM/ Ph.D., JD/ Ph.D. – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Note that only the Ph.D. portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the Ph.D. portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average;
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.


Application Requirements:


  • Read the Application instructions carefully before you start writing your application. The Vanier CGS agency-specific selection committees are multidisciplinary; applications should be written with a non-specialist research audience in mind.
  • Individual application documents can be submitted in either English or French.
  • It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and submitted in advance of the nominating institution’s deadline date, including referee assessments.
  • NEW: The Secretariat has curated a list of resources to help applicants, institutions, referees, and evaluators consider equity, diversity, and inclusion in their application.


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Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

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