Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Vanier scholarships are worth $50,000 per year for a maximum duration of three years. The scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) at participating Canadian Universities. It was created with the aim of attracting and retaining world-class doctoral students in Canada and to establish the country as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning.

Level: PostgraduatePhD Institution(s): Participating institutions
Location: Canada Field(s): Any field
Target: All Deadline(s): Not specified, December (internal) but varies

The scholarship is offered to highly motivated and competitive students who plan on pursuing their doctoral degree at a Canadian university. However, candidates are expected to have already received admission at a university and be nominated by their respective schools. The scholarship selection considers three equally weighted evaluation criteria: academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. These scholarships are awarded to about 167 people annually.

The scholarships are given to postgraduate students with research interests across all fields including social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. Visit the link at the bottom of this article for a full list of degree programs offered by the university


To be considered for the award, candidates must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian university, which must have received a Vanier CGS allocation
  • be pursuing their first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that, for a combined degree, only the PhD portion is eligible for funding
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university; Note that, for a combined degree, only the PhD portion is eligible for funding
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1 (for 2016)
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by their university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.

The candidate’s proposed research project and doctoral program of study must be eligible within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the nomination is submitted.

How to Apply:

Candidates must approach their current school or college/university to nominate them for the award. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier CGS program. Either the candidate or the institution may initiate the nomination process. The candidates must however, prepare and submit the application through the nominating institution by their internal deadline using the ResearchNet application system. The nominating institution will then forward recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat).

Please visit the official website found at the bottom of this article to access detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Website


Facebook Comments

2 thoughts on “Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Leave a Reply