Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2023/2024 [Fully Funded, $50,000 per Annum]

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2023-2024 (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities.

The Vanier Doctoral Scholarship is purely to support doctoral 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 engineering, and health-related fields. The Vanier CGS is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

Apart from supporting doctoral students, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2023-2024 (Vanier CGS) program also helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.

Vanier CGS Program – Vanier Doctoral Scholarship Brief Description

  • Number of Scholarships:
    • Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually
  • Target group:
    • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.
  • Scholarship value/duration:
    • The Vanier CGS scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.
  • Internal Deadline
    • Sept. 15 midnight EST (22:00 PST)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2023-2024 Program Eligibility

To be considered for a Vanier CGS program, a student must:

  • Be nominated by only one Canadian university. The Vanier CGS must be held by the student at the university that nominated them. The scholarships are not transferable; they may not be taken to another university
  • Be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint 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 research program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution. For a joint graduate research program, only the PhD portion of a joint graduate research program is eligible for funding.
  • Months of study:
    • Have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their 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.
  • Special cases – months of study:
    • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program (i.e. joint graduate research program, fast-track, accelerated), by May 1, 2022 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).
      • accelerated 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.
      • accelerated (Fast-track) from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree.
        • The months of study completed are calculated from the original Master’s enrolment date.
  • Applicants must have achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international students are all eligible for the Vanier CGS.
  • Students who have held or are currently holding Tri-Agency scholarship funding for their doctoral program (such as the CGS-D) are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants do not have to be registered as doctoral students at the time of application but must be registered as doctoral students at the nominating Canadian university when they take up the Vanier CGS.

Eligibility of Vanier CGS Program of Study

  • An eligible doctoral program must include a significant research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital, and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.
  • Joint graduate research programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) as well as clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant autonomous research component, as described above.
Number of months of doctoral studies
  • All prior doctoral-level studies, regardless of discipline, are considered in the evaluation of eligibility and are considered to be continuous, full-time, and uninterrupted unless otherwise confirmed by the institution (including the summer months, unless on official leave). The Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) will count two months of part-time study as one month of full-time study.
  • Students who studied on a part-time basis must outline their part-time study in the Special Circumstances attachment.

2023-2024 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Evaluation Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, which will be weighted equally by the selection committees:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Research Potential
  • Leadership (Potential and Demonstrated Ability)

Please see the Vanier CGS website for complete selection criteria.

2023-2024 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) Program Application Process

Current and prospective students will complete their Vanier CGS application using ResearchNet, an online application system. Applicants to U of L must submit their complete application package via ResearchNet.

To apply for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, applicants should refer to the instructions provided by Vanier  as well as do the following by the deadline noted above:

  1. notify the Graduate Funding Facilitator at that you intend to apply for the Vanier Scholarship.
  2. provide the Graduate Funding Facilitator with official and original transcripts for all post-secondary studies. Photocopies or unofficial versions of transcripts are not accepted.
  3. submit a completed Vanier application via ResearchNet by the deadline noted above.

Canadian universities each have a limit to the number of nominations they may submit to the Vanier Scholarship competition. In the, 2023/24, 2024/25 competition years, U of L has the following remaining allocation of nominations to the national competition:

  • CIHR – 1 (to be used in any of the three years)
  • NSERC – 1 per year
  • SSHRC – 2 (to be used in any of the three years)

For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the Vanier Scholarship website at