Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Category(s): Application to SGS Required

Department(s): Anthropology, Biology, Canadian Studies, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classics, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, Faculty of Management, Forestry, Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Kinesiology, Law, Math and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Administration: External

Field: Any

Value: $50,000 / year

Number: Variable

Duration: 3 years


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities. For more information, see:

Eligibility for Nomination

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
be nominated by only one Canadian university, which must have received a Vanier CGS allocation;
be seeking financial support to pursue your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2014 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the university for its definition of a first-class average; and
not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Selection criteria
Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions.

Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidates research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, the potential benefit to Canadians, and any anticipated outcomes.

Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as defined by the following qualities:

Personal achievement: professional involvement in dance, arts, music, etc.;
significant artistic achievement;
recognized athletic achievement, especially in a leadership role;
entrepreneurial achievement (startup company); and/or
foreign travel and study.

Involvement in academic life: mentoring/teaching;
supervisory experience;
involvement in student government and in the university community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees, etc.;
project management;
roles in professional societies; and/or
organization of conferences and meetings.

Volunteerism/community outreach: community involvement in charity or not-for-profit organizations.

Civic engagement: parliamentary page positions and internships;
political activity; and/or
elected positions.


Assessment of Leadership

Leadership is assessed with the following personal and social skills:

Goal achievement:
a clear vision of what they want to accomplish;
a developed vision for the future that defines a bold change for the community or a group, cause or organization; and
strategizes how to achieve desired outcomes and has specific, realistic and timely goals.

knows how to prioritize and complete tasks to reach the desired outcome, and is confident of success;
establishes learning goals and tasks;
reaches goals in an efficient, organized and innovative way; and
is constantly working on self-improvement.

acts consistently with core ethical and personal values and convictions; and
accepts personal accountability for the consequences of their actions/decisions.

Other characteristics:
is creative and takes initiative;
is curious;
deals well with complexity;
has a strong sense of reality;
is courageous;
is strategic, a big-picture thinker;
focuses on solutions, not problems;
is capable of producing extraordinary results; and
is able to solve real problems and create real products.

Social skills:
knows how to develop positive relationships with a diverse range of people;
cares about and listens to what others say, and gives feedback;
knows how to motivate individuals;
is persuasive;
is supportive of peers;
is able to negotiate;
is viewed as trustworthy, ethical and dependable;
is well-respected; and
displays mastery of presentation skills and public communications.

For more information, please visit the website.

For information about deadlines and for help with the nomination process, please contact the Awards Administrator in the School of Graduate Studies (

Awarding Agency: SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR


Deadline: n/a

Recommendation needed from faculty?: No

Citizenship: any

International: Yes

Gender: Either

Campus: Any

Full/Part time: Full time

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