Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Overview
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning.
Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually. A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
$50,000 per year
3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)
July November 2021: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit an application package.
Internal Deadline (varies): Deadline to submit an application to the nominating institution. Contact the nominating institution for a specific date.
November 2, 2021 (20:00 EST): Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
November 2021 March 2022: Review and evaluation of nominations.
Early April 2022: Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.
May 1, 2022, September 1, 2022, or January 1, 2023: Payments begin.
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 social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.