The Government of Canada launched the 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.
Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies. Based on their quotas, Canadian institutions will forward a limited number of nominations to the Vanier CGS program. Up to 166 Vanier Scholars are awarded each year and are divided among the three federal granting agencies, who each offer 55 awards annually. The additional award is rotated annually between NSERC and CIHR.
The Vanier-Banting Secretariat, which is housed within CIHR, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the program.
Eligibility and Criteria
Nominations are evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, weighted equally
- Academic Excellence.
- Research Potential.
- Leadership (Potential and Demonstrated Ability).
When evaluating nominations, both the prestige of the Vanier CGS and the stage and nature of the candidate’s academic career should be considered.
- The Tri-Agencies are actively engaged in promoting equity and diversity, as well as in decreasing unconscious bias in their review processes. To this end, the Secretariat has curated a list of resources for selection committee members regarding equity, diversity and inclusion consideration.
- The candidate’s research history and the impact of their activities to date in their area(s) of expertise to date and in the communities associated with their research are important indicators of their potential as research leaders of tomorrow.
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
In the case of those with non-traditional academic paths, consideration should be given to standards of research productivity, etc. for their level of experience/qualifications relative to a PhD student.
- 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.
- Given the prestige of the Vanier CGS program, this is an important criterion that has to be assessed in an indirect manner, since there is no opportunity for the selection committee to interview candidates.
- When assessing the leadership criterion, consider how the nominee has gone above and beyond the expected norms in order to overcome obstacles, foster others, spearhead change, or otherwise demonstrate Leadership
Awards and benefits
- Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually.
- A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
- value of $50,000 per year
- 3 years (non-renewable)
Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both 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.
How To Apply
To apply please click here