Vanier Canada graduate funding opportunities in Canada, 2019

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada graduate funding opportunities (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/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Brief Description

  • Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing PhD level at Canadian universities.
  • Study Subject: The studentships are provided to study any one of the courses offered by Canadian universities.
  • Award: Each Vanier Canada Graduate award is valued at $50,000 per year.
  • Number of Awards: Up to 166 opportunities are awarded annually: A total of up to 500 opportunities are active at any time.
  • Nationality: Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens
  • The award can be taken in Canada


  • Eligible Countries: Canadian and international students can apply for these Vanier Canada graduate funding opportunities.
  • Entrance Requirements: Confirm that you and your nominating institution meet all the criteria below before you apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).Nominations that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria will not be accepted.
    Candidate eligibility
  • Citizenship Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS. To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:
    • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
    • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). 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 a joint graduate program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
    • not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
    • 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 degree. Eligibility of Degree Programs
    • Doctoral awards are tenable only in degree programs that have a significant research component. The research component must be a requirement for completion of the program, and is considered to be significant original, autonomous research that leads to the completion of a dissertation, major scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit reviewed at the institutional level. Clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant research component, as described above. Note: ResearchNet will only allow the creation of one application per applicant. Applicants should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study and are advised to discuss their decision with the nominating institution before they submit the application through ResearchNet.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Online Application

Application Deadline: Anticipated 2019-2020 competition launch: mid-June 2019.

  • For Students: Consult the nominating institution for submission deadline.
  • For nominating institutions: Deadline: November 6, 2019 (20:00 EST).

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