Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Canadian Government
PhD Degree

Deadline: before 1 Nov 2017 (annual)
Study in: Canada
Course starts May/Sept 2018

Brief description:

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) has been created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are for a doctoral degree (or combined MA / PhD or MD / PhD).

Host Institution(s):

Canadian Universities with Vanier CGS allocation. Without exception, the Vanier CGS is tenable only at the eligible Canadian institution that submitted the nomination.

Level/Field(s) of study:

PhD programmes (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) in health research; natural sciences and/or engineering research; and social sciences and/or humanities research

Number of Scholarships:

Up to 167 scholarships are awarded annually

Target group:

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

Scholarship value/duration:

The scholarships is worth $50,000 per year for three years.


To be considered for the Vanier CGS, you must:

  • to choose only one Canadian workers, who must have a Vanier CGS law.
  • will follow your first doctoral degree (including joint student / graduate research program as: MD / PhD, DVM / PhD, JD / PhD – if it shows significant research component). Please note that only PhD portion of a combined action is suitable for funding.
  • intend to follow, a summer semester or academic year following the announcement of the results, full-time doctoral (or a joint degree program such as: MD / PhD, DVM / PhD, JD / PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution. Please note that only PhD portion of a combined action is suitable for funding.
  • Do they have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2018
  • have a first-class average, as determined by your employees, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the factory for the definition of a first-class average; and
  • You must hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC conduct or complete a doctoral degree.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Application instructions:

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 to 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 1 November 2017.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and to know the complete details on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:


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