Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships  (Vanier CGS)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are offered to international students (along with Canadian ones) by the Government of Canada. It was launched in 2008 to attract and retain highly knowledgeable PhD students in Canada

If you possess leadership skills and great academic achievements, you are encouraged to apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Every year the Canadian government awards 167 scholarships.

Eligible fields:  social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Value: $50,000 per year

Duration: 3 years (impossible to renew after 3 years)

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)

Your timeline and actions to take:

July – November: seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package

Internal Deadline:   deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date

November 4, 2015 (20:00 ET): deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program

November 2015 – March 2016: review and evaluation of nominations

March 31, 2016: results released

May 1, 2016, September 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017: payments begin


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.

Candidate eligibility

FOREIGN CITIZENS (registered in a Canadian university) are eligible  for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:

*be nominated by only one Canadian institution (you need to be registered in an institution in Canada), which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;

*be pursuing your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). 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 combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;

*not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2016

*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; and

*must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Competition process

Applications are initiated in one of two ways. Either: the student informs the faculty of graduate studies at the selected institution of their intent to apply to the Vanier CGS program; or the institution initiates the nomination process by contacting the desired candidate.

Applications are prepared by the student and submitted to the nominating institution by their internal deadline (set in ResearchNet by the nominating institution) using the ResearchNet application system.

The nominating institution performs the internal candidate selection process.

The nominating institution forwards recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) by November 4, 2015 (20:00. Eastern Time).

The Secretariat coordinates the review process.

The Secretariat presents the recommendations to the Tri-Agency Programs (TAPs) steering committee.

The TAPs steering committee endorses and approves final decisions for the Vanier CGS program.

Successful candidates are notified of the competition results in April 2016.

Important notes:

Students 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.

A student who has completed the Vanier CGS electronic application through ResearchNet must submit the application online to the Canadian institution that will be putting forward their nomination. Applications submitted by candidates directly to the Vanier CGS program, instead of through a Canadian institution, will not be considered.

Each student can be nominated once. If more than one institution is interested in nominating an individual student for a Vanier CGS, the student must choose one institution to submit their nomination. Multiple nominations will not be accepted.

Based on its quota, the institution will forward its nominations to the Secretariat.

The institution is responsible for notifying candidates if their application is not selected for nomination to the Secretariat.

Students are responsible for contacting the institution for more information about selecting the appropriate federal granting agency, finding the appropriate contact person within a department/faculty and for advice or questions related to content and how best to present the information in their application.

Calculating months of doctoral studies

All prior doctoral-level studies, regardless of discipline, are considered in the evaluation of eligibility. The Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) will count two months of part-time study as one month of full-time study.

In the case of students who are registered in a combined MA/PhD program, MD/PhD program, a direct-entry doctoral program or who are accelerated from a master’s program into a doctoral program without obtaining the master’s degree, the Secretariat will not include the first 12 months of graduate study in the evaluation of eligibility.

In the case of students who are registered in a combined MD/PhD degree program, only the PhD portion will be considered in the evaluation of eligibility.  For purposes of this calculation, the MD portion will not count towards the number of months at the doctoral level.

All interruptions, delays, part-time studies and MD studies within an MD/PhD degree program must be indicated in the special circumstances attachment.

Example: If you were completing full-time doctoral studies as of January 1, 2015, with no interruptions during this period, the Secretariat will consider you as having completed 16 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2016. 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.

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