At a glance
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Awad Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.
Valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
Considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership
Next important date
Anticipated announcement of results: Early April 2022
Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota* to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.
*The term “quota” refers to the maximum number of nominations an institution can forward to the national competition.
How to be nominated
2. Permanent residents of Canada
3. Foreign citizens
Areas of research:
1. Health research
2. Natural sciences and/or engineering
3. Social sciences and humanities
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Award CGS overview
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Award Scope
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually
A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Award Value
$50,000 per year
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Award Duration
3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)
July – November 2022 Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.
Internal Deadline (varies) Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.
November 2, 2021 (20:00 EST) Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
November 2021 – March 2022 Review and evaluation of nominations.
Early April 2022 Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.
May 1, 2022, September 1, 2022 or January 1, 2023 Payments begin.
The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.