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The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is now accepting applications. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.
The Vanier CGS program reaffirms Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and education.
Canada is building world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier doctoral students, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to our economic, social and research-based growth for a prosperous future. To promote this world-class excellence, the Government of Canada has created the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program. Once in full operation, this program will support 500 international and Canadian doctoral students with highly prestigious scholarships.
The Vanier CGS program reaffirms Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and education. The program supports Canada’s science and technology policy direction, which capitalizes on people, strengthens knowledge and encourages entrepreneurial advantages to build a competitive Canada.
The scholarships are administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
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 social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian university to which they are applying for doctoral studies. Based on their allocations, universities will forward a limited number of nominations to the appropriate federal research granting agency— CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.
For details on how to apply, please see Application Process and Instructions.
For more information, contact:
Canada Research Chair
Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies
Phone: (204) 474-8109
Fax: (204) 474-7619
How to Apply
Application Process and Instructions
Steps for all Vanier CGS nominees
Step 1: The candidate contacts the university by which he/she wishes to be nominated; or, the university recruits the candidates it wishes to nominate and invites them to apply.
Step 2: The nominee, with their nominating university’s assistance, completes the electronic application package. The university submits this package, including the university’s nomination letter regarding the student, to the appropriate federal granting agency through the ResearchNet online application and nomination e-approval system.
Step 3: Each agency’s interdisciplinary Vanier peer-review committee evaluates the nomination packages it has received and forwards 70 nominations to the inter-agency Vanier Selection Board.
Step 4: The inter-agency Vanier Selection Board recommends the most meritorious Vanier CGS awardees put forward by the federal granting agencies, for a total selection of 166-167 awardees.
Step 5: Nominees and their university are notified by the federal granting agency, by mail, as to whether the nominee will be offered a Vanier CGS.
Nomination Process Details
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and international students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS should check that the university to which they are applying for doctoral studies has a Vanier CGS allocation.
Students whose university does have a Vanier CGS allocation should then inform their university that they wish to be considered for a Vanier CGS.
Candidates—with their nominating university’s assistance as required—must complete the Vanier CGS electronic application and submit it to the Canadian university that will be putting forward their nomination.
The university must provide a nomination letter for each student it wishes to nominate for a Vanier CGS. The letter must provide a high-level rationale for the nomination, explaining why the university is nominating the student for the award, and how the institution will support the nominee in the development of his/her potential.
Based on its allocation, the university will then forward a limited number of nominations (including the electronic application and the university’s nomination letter) for review to the appropriate federal research granting agency.
The university is responsible for notifying candidates if their application is not forwarded to one of the agencies.
Applications submitted by candidates directly to one of the federal research granting agencies, instead of being submitted to a Canadian university, will not be considered.
Only one university can submit a candidate’s nomination to an agency. If more than one university is interested in nominating a particular candidate for an award, the candidate must choose the university that will submit his/her nomination.
Multiple nominations will not be accepted and will be withdrawn from the competition.
Additionally, nominations that are withdrawn will count towards the university’s Vanier CGS allocation.
Highlighting Leadership in a Vanier CGS Nomination
There are three opportunities in the nomination package to highlight the leadership potential of the Vanier CGS candidate:
- The student is asked to list his/her activities/achievements in any of the appropriate categories listed in the program description. The student is also asked to write a self-assessment detailing the impact of his/her activities and accomplishments, and how they judge themselves to be a potential Vanier CGS recipient and a leader in their research community.
- The referees for each application are asked to comment on the Vanier candidate’s leadership potential and to elaborate on the impact of the activities and accomplishments mentioned in the candidate’s report.
- The Vanier nomination letter submitted by the university should also highlight the leadership qualities of the candidate being put forward by the university—especially for international students, where some context may be required. The institution must also address how it will support this candidate to help him or her fully develop their leadership potential.
For additional assistance with your application, please contact the appropriate funding agency:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Tel.: 1-888-603-4178 (General Inquiries)
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Social Sciences and Humanities
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Tel.: 613- 943-7777