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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 nominee to SSHRC for the 2020-2021 scholarship year.
  • Deadline
    September 20, 2019. This is the internal deadline for all candidates to submit their application packages.
  • 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 seeking financial support to pursue their 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.
    • Have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 (calculating months of doctoral studies).
    • Have achieved a first-class average (A-) in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.
    • 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.

    As part of your application package, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) must receive all post-secondary transcripts.

    Applicants must 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.

    Information for referees completing a Referees Assessment is also available.

    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 20, 2019: deadline
    • Spring 2020: results released