Type of Funding
International as well as Canadian students who wish to undertake PhD studies and research in Canada in Health, Natural Sciences and/or Engineering, or Social sciences and/or Humanities, in AY 2020-2021 can apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS). Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually. Scholarships are distributed equally among the 3 federal granting agencies of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS should first verify that the institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies has a Vanier CGS quota before informing the university that they wish to be considered for a Vanier CGS (see the Official Website for participating Canadian institutions and their quotas). They will then have to apply online to the university, which will perform its internal candidate selection process before putting forward their recommended nominations to Vanier CGS. The Vanier CGS is tenable only at the eligible Canadian institution that submitted the nomination.
Applicants have to, during the period of July to November 2019, seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit the application package to the institution.
The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for 3 years for doctoral studies. For eligible part-time students, the Vanier CGS will be equivalent to full-time funding spread over a longer period of time.
Vanier Scholars may take up their Vanier CGS on 1 May 2020, 1 September 2020 or 1 January 2021.
To apply, students can be foreign citizens as well as Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents. Applicants have to be nominated by only 1 Canadian tertiary institution, which must have received a valid Vanier CGS quota. Applicants have to be pursuing their first doctoral degree, (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD, provided that it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Those intending 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/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research are also eligible. Only the PhD portion of the combined degree is eligible for funding in both instances.
Applicants must not have not completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of 1 May 2020. They should have achieved a first-class average in each of the last 2 years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates should contact the Canadian university of their choice for its definition of a first-class average.
Those who hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree are ineligible.
The scholarships are only applicable for degree programs that have a significant research component. The research component must be a requirement for completion of the program, and is considered to be significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit reviewed at the institutional level. Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant research component.
To hold the Vanier CGS, the candidate must:
- be registered as a full-time student at the nominating Canadian institution and be pursuing a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD, MSc/PhD, or MD/PhD) and not hold a faculty appointment concurrently with a Vanier Scholarship unless they arrange for a leave of absence from the appointment;
- remain enrolled and demonstrate continued satisfactory progress in their doctoral program;
- not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree; and
- not be concurrently holding any other SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR training award (Michael Smith Foreign Studies Supplement excepted).
A Vanier CGS may be held by students who are registered part-time because of a disability or family responsibilities.
Candidates will be selected on academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential as well as demonstrated ability.
Applicants will have to apply online for Vanier CGS in accordance with the internal deadline set by the nominating institution of their choice (the deadline will be shown when an application is made via ResearchNet). Institutions will then forward their selected nominations to the Vanier CGS Program by 6 November 2019.