Vanier Canada

The fully funded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships targeted at excellent postgraduate students across the globe is open for application. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year per awardee for three years during doctoral studies and considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was launched in 2008 by the Government of Canada 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.

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Key Scholarship Details

These are some of the key details about the ongoing Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships;

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): The Government of Canada.
  • Host Institution(s): Universities/institutions in Canada.
  • Study level: Postgraduate (doctoral)
  • Scholarship Type: Fully Funded Scholarships
  • Scholarship Worth/Value: $50,000 per year for 3 years
  • Number of Awards: Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually
  • Subject Eligibility: See eligible Areas of Research (below).
  • Nationality: All Nationalities

Eligibility and Selection Criteria for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Selection Criteria for the Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships is based on:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Research Potential
  • Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)


  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Foreign citizens

Areas of research:

More eligibility information available:

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How to Apply

Interested applicants for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships are to note that scholarships usually will follow a nominating process. Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study. Interested candidates should: Check how to be nominated

Application Timelines:

July – November 2022: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.

Internal Deadline (varies): Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.

November 2, 2022 (20:00 EST): Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.

November 2022 – March 2023: Review and evaluation of nominations.

Early April 2023: Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.

May 1, 2023, September 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024: Payments begin.

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Application Deadline: varies

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