The Vanier Graduate Scholarship 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.

Overview of Canada Vanier Scholarship for International Graduate Students

  • Host Country: Government of Canada
  • Host University: Multiple Universities of Canada
  • Study Abroad: Study in Canada 
  • Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Ph.D Scholarships 
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Scholarship Grant: $50,000 Grants per year
  • Deadline: November 1, 2022

Scope of Canada Vanier Scholarship

  • Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually;
  • A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.

Duration of Canada Vanier Scholarship

3 years (non-renewable)

Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:

Selection Criteria for Canada Vanier Scholarship

Nominations are evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, weighted equally:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Research Potential
  3. Leadership (Potential and Demonstrated Ability

A complete nomination details for Canada Vanier Scholarship consists of:

Candidates must be prepared to provide the following documents in order to apply for the position:

  • Application details (form)
  • Canadian common CV (CCV)
  • Nomination letter – maximum two pages (signed by the relevant department head of the nominating institution)
  • Institution transcripts (scanned and attached by the institution’s administrative staff)
  • Personal Leadership Statement – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (self-evaluation written by the student)
  • Two Leadership reference Letters – maximum two pages each (written by someone who knows the candidate in a non-academic capacity – this letter is attached to the nomination by the candidate)
  • Research proposal – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (written by the student)
  • Project references – maximum five pages (written by the student)
  • Research contributions – maximum one page (written by the student)
  • Special circumstances (optional) – maximum one 0.5 page (written by the student)
  • Two referee assessments – three sections each

Eligibility to apply for a Canada Vanier Scholarship


Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada ,and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

Eligibility to apply for a Canada Vanier Scholarship

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quotaFootnote1;
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint program 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. The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
  • 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 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:
      • The months of study are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the Master’s portion of the program).
    • enrolled directly from a Bachelor’s to a Ph.D (not previously enrolled in a Master’s program);
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
    • Previously enrolled in a Master’s program without obtaining the degree.
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the original Master’s enrolment date.
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average; and
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC ,or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.

Please note that only the PhD portion of a joint program is eligible for funding.

Eligibility of program of study for Canada Vanier Scholarship

  • 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.
  • 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, as described above

How to Apply for Canada Vanier Scholarship

Candidates must be nominated by the school where they want to study. Direct applications to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program are not accepted. Research Canadian institutions on the Universities Canada website before submitting your application. We advise that you peruse each university’s website and do extensive study on the program in which you are interested in pursuing your doctorate, as well as the supervisors for your planned research. Consult the Vanier CGS quota website to confirm if the institution of your choice has a quota for the application year.

The application process for Canada Vanier Scholarship

  • One of two methods may be used to start an application. Either the student notifies the graduate studies faculty at the chosen school of their plan to apply to the Vanier CGS program, or the university contacts the prospective candidate to begin the nomination process.
  • The student creates applications and submits them using the ResearchNet application system to the nominating university by their internal deadline (specified in ResearchNet by the nominating institution).
  • The internal candidate selection procedure is carried out by the nominated institution.
  • By November 1, 2022, the nominating organization sends the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) preferred nominees (20:00 Eastern Time).
  • The review procedure is coordinated by the Secretariat.
  • The Tri-Agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee receives the recommendations from the Secretariat.
  • Final decisions for the Vanier CGS program are supported and approved by the TAP Steering Committee.
  • The results of the competition are communicated to the nominated candidates in April 2023.

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