The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and
retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre
of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for
three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students
studying at Canadian universities. For more information, see:
The application deadline will be November 6, 2012 (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
All nominations from Canadian universities must be submitted via
and received by the federal research granting agencies by the deadline date.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are awarded after a competitive evaluation process.
Students must be nominated by a recognized Canadian university. The scholarship liaison officer at each eligible Canadian university is responsible for co-ordinating the university review of their selected candidates and forwarding nominations for Vanier CGSs to the appropriate federal research granting agenciesthe Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Councilin accordance with their university's allocation.
Once submitted to the appropriate granting agency, each nomination is evaluated by an agency-specific selection committee. Each selection committee recommends the top 55 or 56 candidates (for a combined total among the three granting agencies of up to 167 candidates) to the Vanier-Banting Board based on the nominee's academic and research potential, as well as their leadership skills.
Vanier-Banting Board and Steering Committee
The Vanier-Banting Board endorses the recommendations for Vanier scholarships put forward by the selection committees of the three federal granting agencies. The Vanier-Banting Board also oversees the program's process, policies and results to ensure that the program achieves its objectives.
The Steering Committee, which comprises the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the deputy ministers of Industry Canada and Health Canada makes the final decisions on funding. Each year, the Steering Committee approves up to 167 Vanier scholars for funding based on the recommendations endorsed by the Vanier-Banting Board.
When can the award be taken up?
Once notified of their results, Vanier scholars who have already begun a doctoral program must take up their award the following May, if they:
- are studying at the Canadian nominating university; or
- are studying at a Canadian university and will be transferring to a doctoral program at the Canadian nominating university.
Students at Canadian universities with funding ending in August may take up their award in September.
Award recipients can take up their award in May, September or January following notification of their results, if they:
- have not yet started a doctoral program of study; or
- will be transferring from a doctoral program at an international university to a doctoral program at the Canadian nominating university.
Vanier CGS recipients who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada may also be eligible for supplementary funding. Please visit the following websites to view available opportunities:
For more information regarding applying to the Vanier CGS program, please contact: