Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – 2022

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was established by the Canadian government in 2008 to increase Canada’s tendency to identify and maintain modern age doctoral students, as well as to promote Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher education. Vanier Scholars display leadership capabilities and a high quality of scholarly success in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program strives to attract and maintain world-class doctorate students by providing financial support to individuals who display both leadership capabilities and intellectual performance in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships awards up to 166 scholarships each year.

Scholarship Summary

Doctorate degree


All Canadian universities which have received Vanier CGS quota.

Government of Canada

Fully funded

Three (3) years

Benefits of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships is a fully funded scholarship for a three (3) year period with a total amount of $50,000 per year.

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Programs Offered

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Health

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Before applying for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, make sure you and your nominating institution meet all of the criteria listed below (Vanier CGS). Ineligible nominations are those that do not meet all of the eligibility conditions.

Candidate Eligibility

Nominations for the Vanier CGS are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international citizens.

To be eligible for Vanier CGS, the prospective applicant must:

  • be nominated by just one Canadian university that has obtained a Vanier CGS quota
  • be studying your first graduate degree (including dual research programs such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – assuming it has a proven and substantial research component). It’s worth noting that financing is only available for the PhD element of a combined degree
  • decide to take full-time phd (or a joint graduate research program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) research projects at the appointing university in the summer semester or the academic year prior to the announcement of results; only the PhD component of a joint graduate research program is eligible for support
  • have finished less than 20 months of full-time study in their PhD program as of May 1, 2022
  • by May 1, 2022, they must have completed at least 32 months of full-time study in their PhD program (i.e. joint doctoral research program, quick, expedited)
  • have earned a first-class average every year for the last 2 years of full-time studying or comparable, as decided by your school. Applicants should inquire about the university’s concept of a first-class average
  • to pursue or finish a doctoral program, you must not have, or have had, a phd support from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC
  • be included in an eligible doctoral program leading to the finalization of a thesis, main research project, thesis, academic publication, achievement, concert, and/or show that is now being relevance at the academic level as a necessity for study completion
  • clinically-oriented academic programs, such as clinical psychology, as well as joint graduate research programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) are also eligible programs if they feature a strong independent research process, as indicated above
  • all preceding PhD studies, irrespective of area, are taken into account in the eligibility assessment and are assumed to be ongoing, full-time, and continuous until the university confirms contrary (including the summer months, unless on official leave)
  • Students who have studied part-time should describe their situation in the Special Circumstances component

NOTE: For every candidate, ResearchNet would only allow them to create one application. Candidates also should request nominations from the institutions where they wish to study and therefore should consult with the nominating university before submitting an application via ResearchNet.

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  • For students: Students should consult nominating institution for submission deadline.
  • For nominating institutions: Deadline: November 2, 2021 (20:00 EDT).

How to Apply

To apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, please visit the official website of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships below.


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