Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) for 2022/23 Academic Year

Application is currently open for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) for the 2022/23 Academic Year.

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier CGS program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global center 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.

Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies.

An eligible doctoral program must include a significant research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital, and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.

However, joint graduate research programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) as well as clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant autonomous research component.

Areas of research:

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and humanities

Duration: 3 years


The Vanier CGS is Valued at $50,000 per year


To be considered for a Vanier CGS, the applicant must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution;
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint programs such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component);
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate research program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in your doctoral program as of May 1, 2023;
    • The doctoral program would begin after the completion of a Master’s degree.
  • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in your doctoral program (i.e., joint graduate research program, accelerated, previously enrolled without obtaining a Master’s degree), by May 1, 2023, if:
    • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD.
    • Applicants in this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program:
      • enrolled directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (not previously enrolled in a Master’s program);
    • Previously enrolled in a Master’s program without obtaining the degree.
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. and
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHRNSERC, or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.
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The key selection criteria are:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Research Potential
  • Leadership (Potential and Demonstrated Ability)

Application Process

Interested applicants wishing to apply for the CGS should verify that the institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies has a Vanier CGS quota and inform the institution that they wish to be considered for a Vanier CGS.

Deadline: November 01, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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