Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2021/20222 – Apply Now

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral Study in Canada ($50,000 per year) is on

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) was inaugurated by the Government of Canada in 2008 to enhance Canada’s potential to captivate and secure world-class doctoral students while stabilizing Canada as an international centre of excellence in research and higher learning.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership technique and an outstanding criterion of educational success in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.


  • Approximately 166 scholarships are granted yearly.
  • A total about 500 scholarships are effective at any time.

$50,000 per year

3 years (non-renewable)

Scholarships are allocated equally between the three nationwide awarding agencies:

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

Nomination Criteria
Academic Excellence
Research Potential
Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral Study in Canada 2021-2022 Nomination process

Candidates must be selected by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be submitted to the federal competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should pursue to be selected by the institution at which they want to study.

Number of months of doctoral studies
All initial doctoral-level studies, irrespective of profession, are evaluated in the evaluation of eligibility, and are assessed to be continuous, full-time, and uninterrupted unless contrarily ascertained by the institution (including the summer months, unless on official leave). The Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) will estimate two months of part-time study as one month of full-time study.

Students who studied on a part-time basis, or who suspended their studies with their university’s official authorization, must summarize the periods of break or part-time study in the Special Circumstances attachment and the Doctoral Studies Timeline.

The Vanier-Banting Secretariat will commence all estimation of the amount of months finalized from the date on which an applicant is officially enrolled in the doctoral program with the following exception:


July – November 2020 :
Applicants assess a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.

Internal Deadline (varies) :
Deadline to deliver application to the nominating institution. Reach out to the nominating institution for certain date.

November 3, 2020 (20:00 EST) :
Deadline for institutions to submit choices to the Vanier CGS program.

November 2020 – March 2021 :
Assessment and inspection of nominations.

Early April 2021 :
Scheduled announcement of results. Candidates will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.

May 1, 2021, September 1, 2021, or January 1, 2022 :
Payments starts.

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