Applications are invited for Fully Funded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships at selected Institutes in Canada.
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 (PhD) 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.
Successful applicants will receive $50,000 per year.
No. of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually.
3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
To be considered for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS), 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 graduate research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Note that only the PhD 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 research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; For joint graduate research program, only the PhD portion of a joint graduate research program is eligible for funding
- have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their doctoral program as of May 1, 2021
- have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program, by May 1st, 2021 if enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants that fall into this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program; or
- have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2021 if accelerated directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (no time spent in a Master’s program); or
- have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2021 if accelerated from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree.
- have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Applicants 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 program
Applicants for scholarship are required to submit:
- A ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of reference, each with three sections)
- A CCV (limited entries; please see https://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/completing_ccv.html for complete information)
- Research Contributions (limit one page)
- A 2 page Personal Leadership Statement (instead of a .5 page Special Circumstances document)
- Two Leadership letters of reference (max 2 pages)
- A Research Proposal (max 2 pages)
- Project References (max 5 pages)
- Transcripts and Doctoral Studies Timeline [ PDF (172 KB) – external link ]