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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2018/2019

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program 2018/2019 for doctoral study in Canada ($50,000 per year).

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.


Eligibility and Details

  • Citizenship: Canadian citizens
  • Foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
  • Areas of research:
    • Health research
    • Natural sciences and/or engineering research
    • Social sciences and humanities research
  • Duration: 3 years (non-renewable)
  • Valued: $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies
  • Application Deadline: October 31st, 2018

Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:

  1. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  2. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  3. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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;
  • not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
  • 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.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program

Eligibility of Degree Programs

Doctoral awards are tenable only in 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, as described above.

Note: ResearchNet will only allow the creation of one application per applicant. Applicants should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study and are advised to discuss their decision with the nominating institution before they submit the application through ResearchNet.


There are two deadlines pertaining to the 2018-2019 competition:

1 Institution internal deadline: Following the student’s identification in ResearchNet of the institution proposed for doctoral study (see Task 10), an additional deadline date and time will appear at the top of each page.

This is the deadline by which your application must be submitted to the institution through ResearchNet.

This deadline is set and controlled by each institution. You will not be able to submit your application past this precise date and time.

2 Program deadline: Institutions must forward their selected nominations to the Vanier CGS program by October 31, 2018 (20:00 Eastern Time).

For more information about the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program, visit the official website.

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