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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian university to which they are pursuing doctoral studies.


  • Value
    $50,000 per year for up to three years
  • Quota
    Submission of one nominee to NSERC and one to SSHRC
  • Deadline

    Friday, September 15, 2023. This is the internal deadline for all candidates to submit their application packages.

    Documentation to be submitted to the nominating Institute

    As part of your application package, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) must receive all:

    • Post-secondary transcripts
  • Eligibility

    To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

    • Be nominated by only one Canadian university, which has received a Vanier C​GS allocation.
    • Be pursuing the first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that only hte PhD portion of a combined degree is eligable 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.
    • Have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2024 (calculating months of doctoral studies).
    • Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in the doctoral program (i.e., joint graduate research program, directly from bachelor's, previously enrolled without obtaining master's degree), by May 1, 2024)
    • Have achieved a first-class average (A-) in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent as determined by Ontario Tech University
    • Not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

    Mobility: Current Ontario Tech University students must include a strong and compelling justification as to why they have chosen the same/nominating institution to undertake their doctoral studies.

    Applicants must ask those writing referees assessments to review instructions available here:

    Sex- and Gender-based Analysis Plus (SGBA+): In order to ensure the research funded is impactful and relevant to the diversity of the population, Vanier now require applicants to systematically examine how differences in identity factors (such as sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age and mental or physical disability) affect the outcomes of research and the impacts of research findings. Applicants are now encouraged to take SGBA+ principles into account in their proposed research (see Application/nomination instruction-Task 10).

    For full eligibility criteria and program details, visit the Vanier CGS website.



  • Nomination process
    Applicants must:
    • Be nominated by the institution at which they wish to study and hold the award.
    • Receive the endorsement of SGPS through faculty selection and university-wide selection process.
    • Submit a completed Vanier CGS application using the ResearchNet application system.
  • Timelines
    • September 15, 2023: Institutional deadline
    • Spring 2023: results released