The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2023 | Application & Eligibility

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

About The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was established by the Canadian government in 2008.

 It is a distinguished scholarship program for PhD students in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) is available to both Canadian and international applicants. The scholarship pays for living costs, tuition, and other costs.

The goal of the three-year, $50,000 scholarship is to draw and keep top-tier PhD students by funding their postgraduate studies at Canadian universities. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada are in charge of administering the scholarship (SSHRC). The Vanier CGS is extremely competitive and only given to a small number of applicants.

Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually (Should more funds become available, additional scholarships may be awarded). A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Host Institution

The institutions eligible to offer the Vanier Canada scholarship include;

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University/ Université Concordia
  • Dalhousie University
  • Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Laurentian University/ Université Laurentienne
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Polytechnique Montréal
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Trent University
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec – École de technologie supérieure
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Université Laval
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa/ Université d’Ottawa
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Windsor
  • York University.

Do note that these institutions offer the scholarship base on their allotted quota.


The location of the scholarship varies based on the host institution.

Field of Study

The available fields of study for the Vanier Canada scholarship include:

  • Social and humanities
  • Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine.

Number of Awards

The available number of awards per institution depends on the allocated quota to each/all of the aforementioned institutions.

Undergraduate Scholarships for International students in the U.S. 2023

Vanier Canada Scholarships Eligibility

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota.
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component);
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate research program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in your doctoral program as of May 1, 2023;
    • The doctoral program would begin after the completion of a Master’s degree. The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
  • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in your doctoral program (i.e., joint graduate research program, accelerated, previously enrolled without obtaining Master’s degree), by May 1, 2023 if:
    • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants in this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program:
      • The months of study are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the Master’s portion of the program).
    • enrolled directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (not previously enrolled in a Master’s program);
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
    • Previously enrolled in a Master’s program without obtaining the degree.
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the original Master’s enrolment date.
  • 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 program.

Please note that only the PhD portion of a joint program is eligible for funding.

Target Group

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens.

Vanier Canada scholarship Timeline

July – November 2022 Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.
Internal Deadline (varies) Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.
November 1, 2022 (20:00 EDT) Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
November 2022 – March 2023 Review and evaluation of nominations.
Early April 2023 Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.
May 1, 2023, September 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024 Payments begin.

Official Scholarship Page


Before you submit an application for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, be sure that both you and the institution that nominated you satisfy the requirements listed below (Vanier CGS). All nominations will be ruled disqualified if they don’t match the requirements.


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