Canadian Government’s Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Domestic and International Students

Both Canadian and foreign students may apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2023–2024 competition. A PhD degree at a Canadian university is the goal of this fellowship, which is given to exceptionally motivated and competitive individuals.

Host Country Canada
Host institutea Canadian institution with a quota
Funding OrganizationGovernment of Canada
Eligible NationalityCanadian citizens, Permanent residents of Canada,
Foreign citizens
Areas of ResearchHealth research, Natural sciences and/or engineering,
Social sciences and humanities
No. of Scholarships166
Duration3 Years
Value50,000 CAD per year
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023 (20:00 EDT)
Summary of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

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Details of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was established by the Canadian government in 2008 with the goal of enhancing Canada’s capacity to draw in and retain top-tier PhD candidates and establishing Canada as a global hub of excellence in research and higher education. Graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, the natural sciences and/or engineering, and/or the health professions who are Vanier Scholars have leadership qualities and a high quality of academic success.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Quota

Verify that the institution to which you are applying for doctoral study has a Vanier CGS quota if you desire to apply for a Vanier CGS. Within the current three-year quota allotment, a yearly quota will be distributed to all Canadian institutions. Any unused annual quotas won’t be rolled over to the next year. The three fiscal years each allow for the use of floating quotas. The allocated quota can be found here.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Quota

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Eligibility Criteria

To apply for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • just a Canadian institution may submit a nomination, and that institution must have earned a Vanier CGS quotaFootnote 1;
  • be enrolled in your first doctoral program (including combined programs with an established and major research component, such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD, MBA/PhD);
  • want to pursue full-time doctoral study and research at the school that nominated them in the summer semester or the academic year that follows the announcement of results (or in a collaborative graduate research program, such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD, MBA/PhD); Only the PhD component of combined graduate research programs is eligible for funding.
  • as of May 1, 2024, have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in your doctoral program;
  • After a master’s degree was earned, the doctoral program would start. The date of doctorate enrollment is used to compute the number of study months completed.
  • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, such as an MD/PhD, MA/PhD, MS/PhD, or DVM/PhD, and have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in your doctoral program (i.e., directly from a bachelor’s, previously enrolled without obtaining master’s degree), by May 1, 2024. Whether or whether they had previously been enrolled in a master’s program, candidates in this group are eligible for the 32-month window:
  • The number of months of study is determined beginning on the day that a candidate is formally accepted into the joint graduate program. This will be the master’s registration date (for MA/PhD or MS/PhD).
  • transferred to a doctoral program after having previously enrolled in a master’s program without earning the degree.
  • The number of completed months of study is computed starting with the initial master’s enrollment date.
  • cannot already be enrolled in or have completed a PhD program with funding from the CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC at the doctoral level.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Timelines

July – November 2023Seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit an application package
Internal DeadlineContact nominating institution for a specific date
November 1, 2023 (20:00 EDT)Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program
November 2023 – March 2024Review and evaluation of nominations
Early April 2024Nominees will be notified by email
May 1, 2024, or September 1, 2024, or January 1, 2025Payments begin
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Timeline

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Application Material Required

Both English and French versions of the individual application documents are accepted. Make sure to include a French or English explanation if another language is necessary to communicate a specific idea (such as a specialized concept).

A full Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships application package for Vanier CGS includes:

  • ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of recommendation, each with three sections)
  • CCV (limited entries; for details, please visit Finishing the Common CV (CCV))
  • contributions to research, no more than one page
  • (Maximum 2 pages for English applicants; maximum 2.5 pages for French applications) Personal leadership statement
  • (Optional, maximum 1.0 page) exceptional situations
  • two leadership reference letters, each no longer than two pages
  • research proposal (maximum 2 pages for applications in English; maximum 2.5 pages for applications in French)
  • references to the project (limit 5 pages)
  • transcripts

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Application Procedure

The institution where a candidate wants to enroll in coursework must nominate them. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) applicants are not permitted to submit direct applications. The Canadian institution that will be nominating the applicant will get the Vanier CGS application packages that were submitted through ResearchNet first. The administrator of the nominating institution should be consulted by candidates to confirm any internal deadlines.

Consult the Universities Canada website before starting your application to learn more about Canadian institutions. We advise looking over each university’s website and doing extensive research on the programs you are interested in enrolling in for your doctorate as well as potential supervisors for your planned study. Verify that your chosen university has a quota for the year you are applying by visiting the Vanier CGS quota page.

  • The student prepares the application and uses the ResearchNet application system to send it to the nominating institution by the internal deadline.
  • The internal candidate selection process is carried out by the nominated institution.
  • By November 1, 2023 (2:00 a.m. Eastern Time), the nominating institution will transmit proposed nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat).
  • The review procedure is coordinated by the Secretariat.
  • The Tri-agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee is presented with recommendations by the Secretariat.
  • Final decisions for the Vanier CGS program are endorsed and approved by the TAP Steering Committee.
  • The results of the competition will be communicated to the nominated candidates in April 2024.

For a detailed application process, go to the official website.

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