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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) is named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada.  Vanier CGS program helps Canadian institutions attract world class doctoral students and make Canada a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The scholarships are geared towards doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Host Institution(s)

Vanier CGS is available in Canadian Universities with Vanier CGS allocation. Note that only Canadian institution that submitted the nomination are eligible for this programme.

Level/Field(s) of study

This scholarship opportunity is available for postgraduates heading for their PhD programmes (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) in health research; natural sciences or engineering research; social sciences and humanities research.

A standard doctoral programme must have a significant research component that is capable of leading to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is reviewed on merit by expert at the institutional level as requirement for completion of the programme.

Also in the league of eligible programmes for this scholarship opportunity are Joint graduate research programs with a professional degree such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD as well as clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology. However, this is possible only if they have a significant autonomous research component, as earlier described.

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Number of Scholarships

Up to 166 scholarships are awarded  annually.

Scholarship Value and Duration

The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year and it lasts for three years.


As a prospective applicant you must confirm that you and your nominating institution meet with all the eligibility criteria listed below before you apply for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS). Any nomination that do not meet all the criteria shall be deemed ineligible.


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

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To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
  •  be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
  •  be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). 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 a joint graduate program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of 1 May 2022
  • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program, by 1 May 2022 if:
    • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants that fall into this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program; or
    • accelerated directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (no time spent in a Master’s program); or
    • accelerated from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree.
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average; and
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Application Instructions

Candidates cannot apply direct to Vanier CGS programme and as such,  must be nominated by a Canadian Institution with a quota at which they want to study.

There are two ways through which applications can be initiated. It is 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.

Application documents are prepared by the students and submitted to the nominating institutions by their internal deadline using the ResearchNet application system. The nominating institution then forwards recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) by 2 November 2021.

The application deadline is before 2 November, 2022 while study commences on May/September 2022. Ensure that you submit your application before the deadline.

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