The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) for Ph.D. Studies, 2024

Research Scholarship in Art and Humanities , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Canada, Canada
  • Apply Before : December 1, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 3450
  • Degree PH.D
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • No. of Opportunity 166
  • Fields of study Various Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 3 years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Vanier Canada Graduate Governmental Scholarship (Vanier CGS) is a Canadian Government annual scholarships program for highly qualified international doctoral students. If you are an eligible doctoral student, apply right now.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Offers Up to 166 scholarships annually. This Scholarship is open to Canadian Citizens, International students, and Permanent residents of Canada.

Established in 2008, the Scholarship strengthens the ability of Canada to attract and retain excellent doctoral students and make Canada a global center of excellence in higher education and research.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate a high standard of academic achievement in graduate studies in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, health, and leadership skills.

Brief Details

Application Deadline: 01 November 2023 (20:00 EDT)

Review and Evaluation of Nominations: November 2023 – March 2024

Notification of Results: Early April 2024

Location of Study: Canada

Provider Organization: Government of Canada

Number of Scholarships: 166

Duration of Scholarship: 3 Years, Non-Extendable

Level of Study: Ph.D.

Subjects Available: All Subjects

Funding Types: Fully Funded

Fields of Study:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and Health

Host Organization:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


Vanier Canada Graduate Governmental Scholarship worth $50,000 per year. This amount is enough to cover the following costs:

  • University Fees
  • Dormitory
  • Living or travel allowance of 1 person for Study in Canada

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Who is Eligible to apply for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships?

The following students are eligible to apply for this Scholarship:

  • Applicants can be Canadian or Foreign Citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • Be nominated by only one Canadian institution that must have received a Vanier CGS quota
  • Start the first doctoral studies, including joint programs such as MD/Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., JD/Ph.D., MBA/Ph.D.
  • Intend to pursue their full-time doctoral study in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of the results
  • Candidates must have completed no more than 32 months of their full-time study in a doctoral program by 01 May 2024 if:
  • Enrolled in a joint graduate research program
  • Registered directly from a bachelor’s to a Ph.D. program
  • Previously enrolled in a master’s program without obtaining the degree and transferring to a doctoral program
  • Have completed not more than 20 months of their doctoral studies as of 1 May 2024 if the doctoral program would start after a master’s degree
  • They have achieved a first-class average accredited by their institution in the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.
  • To start or complete a doctoral program, applicants should not be previous doctoral-level Scholarship or fellowship recipients from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.
  • For complete eligibility criteria, please read here

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will evaluate all applications based on the following criteria:

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

Documents Required

A complete Vanier CGS application package includes the following documents:

  • A ResearchNet application form(consists of two letters of reference, each with three sections)
  • CCV(limited entries; please see Completing the Common CV (CCV) for complete information)
  • Research Contributions(maximum one page)
  • A Personal Leadership Statement(full two pages)
  • Special Circumstances (max 0.5 pages, optional)
  • Two Leadership letters of reference(full two pages)
  • A Research Proposal (Full two pages)
  • Project References(Full five pages)
  • Transcripts

How to Apply?

If you are interested in studying in Canada with a fully funded government scholarship, you should contact the institution desiring to pursue your studies for nomination. You cannot apply directly to this program. Please follow the following application process:

  • Confirm eligibility by reading the criteria above
  • Contact your desired nominating institution and inform the faculty of graduate studies of your intent to apply to the Vanier CGS program.
  • Register for a ResearchNet, Canadian Common CV (CCV) account and complete the Self-ID Questionnaire. Make sure you have these accounts or register by entering the links before starting your application:
  1. ResearchNet account
  2. CIHR PIN required for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) applicants
  3. CCV account to manage and generate CVs
  4. Self-ID Questionnaire for personal questions
  • Create CCV (Vanier-Banting Academic template) and link to the ResearchNet application
  • Start a ResearchNet application:
  1. Create or log in to your ResearchNet
  2. Click on “Find Funding Opportunities”
  3. Select “Apply for Funding” for a list of available funding opportunities.
  4. Select “Apply to this Opportunity” from the “Actions” menu on the right-hand side to access the main Vanier CGS application menu
  5. Complete the sections and steps as follows:
  • Identify the area of research
  • Identify participants
  • Identify referees
  • Enter degree information
  • Enter proposal information and supporting documents
  • Attach other application materials (optional)
  • Confirm documents sent
  • Preview application materials
  • Consent and submit an application

All applicants can visit the Vanier Canada website for detailed information about Vanier Canada Graduate Governmental Scholarship 2023.

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