Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

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 natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, or health sciences.

The Vanier CGS allows Canadians institutions to attract and retain world-class doctoral students. The scholarship has a value of $50,000 per year for 3 years and is the only scholarship from the Tri-Agencies that is open to Canadian, permanent residents and international students. The Vanier competition is based on the following three selection criteria:

  • Academic Excellence;
  • Research Potential;
  • Leadership.


$50,000 per year

Important notice

The application is completed online on the ResearchNet website 


Internal selection: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11:59PM

Internal deadline for submission to program: October 30th 2017, 11:59AM (Noon)


Vanier CGS website


  1. Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must apply through ResearchNet and must be nominated to the agency by the Canadian university to which they have applied for doctoral studies or by the university at which they are currently pursuing their doctoral studies. Once a university has nominated a student for the Vanier CGS, the student can take up the scholarship only at that institution. Multiple applications are not permitted
  2. (NEW)The nomination package must include two separate reference letters describing the candidate’s leadership skills. These letters will be written by people who know the candidate in a non-academic capacity, who can comment on the candidate’s leadership skills, and preferably who have not already provided another assessment of the nomination. Proof of leadership must be demonstrated in these letters. The candidate will be responsible for attaching these letters to his/her application package.
  3. (NEW) The application package must now include a Personal Leadership Statement (2 pages) which is the combination of the former Description of leadership and comminication skills and the Special Circumstances documents. The goal of this change is to eliminate systemic barriers to applying for the Vanier CGS, encourage the committee to understand career interruptions as potentially beneficial to a nominee's career path, and better align the Vanier CGS with other prestigious international scholarships.
    • The Special Circumstances (half a page part of the new Personal Leadership Statement section) should only be used for the calculation of the number of months completed for combined undergraduate and doctoral program.
  4. The application must include two referee assessments, separate from the Personal Leadership Statement, which will comment on the three selection criteria. Applicants are responsible for seeking those letters from referees, who must provide their letters on ResearchNet. It is also the applicant’s sole responsibility to follow up with referees to ensure that assessments are submitted prior to the internal institutional deadline.
  5. Applicants must make sure to include transcripts from all post-secondary studies (including college and CEGEP) in their application.
  6. All Canadian citizens and permanent residents who apply for the Vanier CGS must also submit a separate doctoral scholarship application to the Tri-council appropriate to their research (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) for their regular competition.

The complete and updated program description is available on Vanier CGS website.



June 2017

Activation of Research Net 

July 10, 2017 Vanier Canada graduate scholarships information session , from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, FSS room 4004

September 2017


Last day for candidates and referees to submit their application and letters through ResearchNet. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


Applications received will be forwarded to vice-deans (grad studies and research) of each faculty in PDF format for pre-selection.


Faculties will validate eligibility of their applications and proceed to the evaluation and ranking with their internal selection committee.


Faculties must submit their list of recommended applications with their ranking to Research Management Service (RMS).

27 Sept - 11 Oct 

The internal Vanier-Banting Scholarships Evaluation Committee will evaluate the files and study the rankings submitted by the faculties.

October 2017


RMS will finalize the internal selection with the Vanier-Banting Scholarships Evaluation Committee and determine the applications to be nominated to each Tri-Agency (as per our quotas).


RMS will inform the candidates of the internal evaluation  committee decisions, and will provide to selected candidates feedback to further improve their applications. The selected candidates will be given until October 27th at 12:00PM (noon) to revise their application on ResearchNet. RMS also reserves the right to confidentially ask referees to revise their letters of recommendation if they have not addressed all the criteria required by the Vanier competition. 

RMS will also inform the vice-deans (grad studies and research) about the selected files for nomination and invite them to solicit letters of nomination from the Department Heads to support these applications that have been selected through the institutional competition. Faculties and Department Heads will be given until October 27th at 12:00PM (noon) to submit their signed nomination letters to RMS, which will append them to the applications.

30 (noon)

Hard deadline for the applicants and referees to revise their applications or assessments and resubmit them through ResearchNet, and for Faculties/Department Heads to submit the signed nomination letters to RMS.

28 - 31 Oct

Applications and letters of nomination will be reviewed by RMS to ensure that the suggestions and comments made by the Committees were taken into account, that the applications continue to meet the Vanier CGS eligibility requirements, and that the letters of nomination are complete and adequate.


November 2017


RMS will submit the applications electronically through ResearchNet for the national competition. 

March 2018


Funding decisions expected to be released.
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