The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created in a bid to attract and retain world-class doctoral students who are ardent research students and to prove that Canada is indeed a global center of excellence in higher research and post graduate learning. VCS actively supports students who possess both leadership skills and a high standard of academic achievement in graduate studies and are interested in pursuing post graduate courses in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health.
Value of Scholarship
$50,000 a year for three years of post-graduate programs.
Fields of Study:
The Vanier Scholarships currently support doctoral studies in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, as well as health-related fields.
Number of Scholarship:
Nearly 167 scholarships are awarded annually. While a grand total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any given time.
Scholarship Duration: Scholarships are awarded for three years of doctoral programs.
Open to both Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign students pursuing a doctoral degree at eligible Canadian universities
To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
- -be nominated by only one Canadian university, which must have received a Vanier CGS allocation;
- -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 university; 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, 2015.
- have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the university for its definition of a first-class average; and
- not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR,NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions.
- Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidates research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, the potential benefit to Canadians, and any anticipated outcomes.
- Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as defined by the following qualities:
- Personal Achievement:
- Involvement in Academic Life:
- Volunteerism/community outreach:
- Civic engagement:
How to Apply
Candidates must be nominated by the university at which they want to study. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier CGS program.
Application Deadline for the 2014-2015 competition: November 5, 2014
For more details about this scholarship and the general application requirement visit
The Vanier’s scholarships are administered by Canada’s three federal funding agencies:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)