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.

Criteria for selecting applications

Applications will be reviewed against the following three equally weighted selection criteria, and ranked:

  • Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions;
  • Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidate's research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes;
  • Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as demonstrated by the candidate’s personal statement, leadership reference letters, referees assessments and CCV.

For more information, please refer to the selection criteria and detailed guidelines as presented on the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship website.

Vanier Award winners