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.

Value

$50,000 per year

Important notice

The application is completed online on the ResearchNet website 

Deadline

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:59PM

Website

Vanier CGS website

Notes

  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. The Vanier competition is based on the following three selection criteria:  a) Academic Excellence; b) Research Potential; c) Leadership. The nomination package must include a separate reference letter describing the candidate’s leadership skills. This letter will be written by someone who knows the candidate in a non-academic capacity, who can comment on the candidate’s leadership skills, and preferably is an author who has not provided another assessment of the nomination. Proof of leadership must be demonstrated in this letter. The candidate will be responsible for attaching this letter to his/her application package.
  3. The application must include two referee assessments, separate from the leadership reference letter, 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.
  4. Applicants must make sure to include transcripts from all post-secondary studies (including college and CEGEP) in their application.
  5. 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.

 

Deadlines

June 2016

Activation of Research Net 

September 2016

7

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

9

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

12-22

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

23

Faculties must submit their list of recommended applications with their ranking to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

26 - 7 Oct

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarships Committees will evaluate the files and study the rankings submitted by the faculties.

October 2016

11-17

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will finalize the internal selection with the Scholarships Committees and determine the applications to be nominated to each Tri-Agency (as per our quotas).

18

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will inform the candidates of the internal selection committee decisions, and will provide to selected candidates some feedback to further improve their application. The selected candidates will be given until October 27th at 12:00PM (noon) to revise their application on ResearchNet. The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also reserves the right to confidentially ask referees to revise their letter of recommendation if they have not addressed all the criteria required by the Vanier competition. 

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will also inform the vice-deans (grad studies) about the selected files for nomination and invite them to solicit letters of nomination from the Department Heads to support applications that will 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 the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which will append them to the applications.

27 (noon)

Hard deadline for the applicants and referees who were given the opportunity to revise their application or assessment to resubmit them through ResearchNet, and for Faculties/Department Heads to submit the signed nomination letters to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

28 - 1 Nov

Applications and letters of nomination will be reviewed by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 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 2016

2

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will submit the applications electronically through ResearchNet for the national competition. 

March 2017

31

Funding decisions expected to be released.
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