Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships was named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier CGS program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral 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.
Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies. Based on their quotas, Canadian institutions will forward a limited number of nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
Up to 166 Vanier Scholars are awarded each year and are divided among the three federal granting agencies, who each offer 55 awards annually. The additional award is rotated annually between NSERC and CIHR.
- Canadian citizens
- Permanent residents of Canada
- Foreign citizens
Areas of research:
- Health research
- Natural sciences and/or engineering
- Social sciences and humanities
Interview date, Process and Venue
Considers three equally weighted selection criteria:
Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota* to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.
*The term “quota” refers to the maximum number of nominations an institution can forward to the national competition.
For students: Consult nominating institution for submission deadline.
For nominating institutions:
Deadline: November 1, 2023 (20:00 EDT).
Documents Required for Application
A complete nomination consists of:
- Application details (form)
- Canadian common CV (CCV)
- Nomination letter – maximum two pages (signed by the relevant department head of the nominating institution)
- Institution transcripts (scanned and attached by the institution's administrative staff)
- Personal Leadership Statement – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (self-evaluation written by the student)
- Two Leadership reference Letters – maximum two pages each (written by someone who knows the candidate in a non-academic capacity – this letter is attached to the nomination by the candidate)
- Research proposal – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (written by the student)
- Project references – maximum five pages (written by the student)
- Research contributions – maximum one page (written by the student)
- Special circumstances (optional) – maximum one page (written by the student)
- Two referee assessments – three sections each
- Other application Material (optional) – part-time status and/or timeline of MD/PhD program – maximum one page (written by the student)
November 1, 2023
How to Apply
Interested and qualified? Go to Canadian Government on www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca to apply
Those 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.
Candidates must be nominated by the institution at which they want to study. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program. Vanier CGS application packages submitted through ResearchNet will first be submitted to the Canadian institution that will be putting forward their nomination.
Candidates should verify institutional internal deadlines with the administrator at the nominating institution.
Information provided in the application package must be self-contained. Links to external websites or documents hosted on a drive should not be included in the application.
Candidates should read the Selection Committee Guide prior to commencing their application. This guide lists the three evaluation criteria and has useful information on how the criteria are evaluated. Vanier CGS selection committees are multidisciplinary, and applications should therefore be written with a non-specialist research audience in mind.
You must also review the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page before beginning the preparation of an application.
To be considered eligible for funding, candidates must attain an average score of at least 3.1 in each of the three criteria.
DORA: The agencies have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a global initiative whose purpose is to support the development and promotion of best practices in the assessment of scholarly research. As signatories of DORA, the three federal granting councils recognize that research contribution are not limited to published journal articles but can include a broader range of contributions.
Tips for applicants new to the Canadian academic system
Step 1: Begin your application by researching Canadian institutions through the Universities Canada website. We recommend browsing each university’s respective website and thoroughly researching the program of interest in which you would like to complete your doctorate degree, as well as supervisors for your proposed research.
Step 2: Consult the Vanier CGS quota page in order to ensure that your institution of interest has a quota for the year in which you are applying.
- 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 1, 2023 (20:00 Eastern Time).
- The Secretariat coordinates the review process.
- The Secretariat presents the recommendations to the Tri-agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee.
- The TAP Steering Committee endorses and approves final decisions for the Vanier CGS program.
- Nominated candidates are notified of the competition results in April 2024.
- Each student can only be nominated once per competition. 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.
- The institution is responsible for notifying candidates if their application is not selected for nomination to the Secretariat. The timing for this notification may vary by institution.
- 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.
- Information provided in your application package must be self-contained. Links to external websites or documents hosted on a drive should not be included in the application.
Individual application documents can be submitted in either English or French. If another language is required to express a particular idea (e.g., specialized concept), be sure to provide an explanation in French or English.
A complete Vanier CGS application package includes:
- ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of reference, each with three sections)
- CCV (limited entries; please see Completing the Common CV (CCV) for complete information)
- research contributions (maximum one page)
- personal leadership statement (maximum 2 pages for English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications)
- special circumstances (maximum 1.0 page, optional)
- two leadership letters of reference (maximum 2 pages)
- research proposal (maximum 2 pages for English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications)
- project references (maximum 5 pages)
Important note: Applications submitted in French are now allowed an additional half a page for the Personal Leadership Statement and the Research Proposal.
This provision will ensure an equitable amount of space for Personal Leadership Statement and the Research Proposal written in either official language, as evidence demonstrates that documents written in French require approximately 20% more space than similar documents in English.
Any pages over the allotted page limit for the Personal Leadership Statement and the Research Proposal (maximum of 2 pages for English applications and maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications) will be removed with no further notification to the Applicant.
For more details visit: Canadian Government website.