Canada remains of the top countries offering various scholarship opportunities not just for Canadians but international students inclusive. There are various scholarship providers in Canada, giving students the chance to pursue their study abroad dream in Canada. One of the popular scholarships programs is the Vanier Canadian Government Scholarships. This scholarship program aims to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are available for doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).
About Vanier Canadian Government Scholarships
The Vaniert CGS was launched in 2008 to attract and retain high-level doctoral students and establish Canada as a global center of excellence and university. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is administered by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) on behalf of Canada’s three federal granting agencies. The Secretariat is housed within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
VCS supports 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. The scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.
To qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria’s
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and international students are eligible for a Vanier CGS.
Country of study
Level/Field of Study
Graduate studies in social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 per year. Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually. A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
To be eligible for this award, you must meet the following requirements
Be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
Be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as MD/Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., JD/Ph.D. – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Note that only the Ph.D. 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 a joint graduate program such as MD/Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., JD/Ph.D.) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the Ph.D. portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
Not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
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.
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 For the Vanier CGS
The Vanier CGS agency-specific selection committees are multidisciplinary; applications should be written with a non-specialist research audience in mind.
Submit Individual application documents in either English or French. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete, including referee assessments.
Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian Institution with a quota at which they want to study. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier CGS program.
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 for 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 using the ResearchNet application system.
The nominating institution then forwards recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) by November 3, 2020 (20:00 EDT).
For information, visit Scholarship Webpage for Details to access the application form and to know how to apply for this scholarship.