The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish canada as a global entre of excellence in research and higher learning. The Scholarships are towards a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD/ or MD/PhD).


Level/ fields of study:

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

An eligible doctoral program must include a significant research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as requirement for a completion of the program.

Joint graduate research programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) as well as clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant autonomous research component, as described above.

Number of scholarships:

Up to 166 scholarships are awarded.

Targeted country/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.


Confirm that you and your nominating institution meet all the criteria below before you apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS). Nominations that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will be deemed ineligible.

  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quotaFootnote;

  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint 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 joint 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 research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; For joint graduate research program, only the PhD portion of a joint graduate research program is eligible for funding.

  • have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their doctoral program as of May 1, 2022;

  • The doctoral program would begin after the completion of a Master’s degree. The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.

  • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program (i.e. joint graduate research program, fast-track, accelerated), by May 1, 2022 if:

  • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants in this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program:

  • The months of study are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the Master’s portion of the program).

  • accelerated directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (not previously enrolled in a Master’s program);

  • The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.

  • accelerated (Fast-track) from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree

  • The months of study completed are calculated from the original Master’s enrolment date.

  • 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 CIHRNSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.
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 programs.

Applications are initiated in one of two ways. Either the students informs the faculty of graduate studies at the graduate 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 instituition by their internal deadline using the ResearchNet application system. The Nominating instituition then forwards recommended nominations to the vanier-banting secretariat (the secretariat) by 2 November 2021.

Its 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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