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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Application Deadline: November 2021

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre 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 humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.


Demonstrated by the candidate’s research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes.

Reviewers should consider the sphere of influence of candidates relative to others along the following continuum of expanding impact:

  • Research program
  • Canadian university
  • Research community
  • International research community
  • Society at large

Consideration should be given to the candidate’s standards of research productivity, etc. for their level of experience/qualifications relative to their personal circumstances (applicant’s stage of study, lived experience, and knowledge systems).

Application Procedure

The most important criterion governing selection committee membership is academic and research excellence. The value of the review process rests on the credibility of the selection committee members and their recognized expertise and productivity in their field(s). Although each selection committee is representative of the community it serves, selection committee members themselves are not expected to act as representatives of any particular group, institution, region or country. Selection committees are structured to ensure:

  • participation from a broad range of Canadian institutions/organizations, including small institutions and by established scholars who are experts in their field(s);
  • appropriate representation on the basis of areas of expertise, language and gender;
  • appropriate understanding of the research environment in Canada;
  • appropriate competence in both official languages; and
  • adequate international representation and/or experience.

Official Website: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships



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