Get $50,000 for Doctoral Study in Canada in the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2022

Are you interested in getting your post in a university in Canada?

Apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2022, for a chance at the cash prize of $50,000 per year for 3 years during the course of your study

Application Deadline: November 2 2021.


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  • The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies.


  • Citizenship:

Canadian citizens

Permanent residents of Canada

Foreign citizens

  • Areas of research:

Health research

Natural sciences and/or engineering

Social sciences and humanities.

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Application Instructions

A complete nomination consists of:

  • Application details (form)
  • Canadian common CV (CCV)
  • Nomination letter – maximum two pages (signed by the relevant department head of the nominating institution)
  • Institution transcripts (scanned and attached by the institution’s administrative staff)
  • Personal Leadership Statement – maximum two pages (self-evaluation written by the student)
  • Two Leadership reference Letters – maximum two pages each (written by someone who knows the candidate in a non-academic capacity – this letter is attached to the nomination by the candidate)
  • Research proposal – maximum two pages (written by the student)
  • Project references – maximum five pages (written by the student)
  • Research contributions – maximum one page (written by the student)
  • Special circumstances (optional) – maximum one 0.5 page (written by the student)
  • Two referee assessments – three sections each


The “application/ nomination instructions” section details and summarizes the steps to be followed by candidates for completing and submitting their nominations. The “information for nominating institutions instructions” section details and summarizes the steps to be followed by the Canadian institution putting forward nominations, including the nomination letter. Selection committee members should read this information carefully and refer to it when reviewing the nominations assigned to them.

Should you have difficulties assessing international transcripts, advise the Secretariat staff immediately.

Nomination Process

Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota* to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.

*The term “quota” refers to the maximum number of nominations an institution can forward to the national competition.

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About the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2022

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.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Deadline for Application is November 2nd 2021.

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.

Program and Venues

  • The program provides you with list if suitable institutions in Canada for your Masters degree program.

Past Winners

  • Arora, Anish McGill University Health Services Research


  • Brassard, Jonathan    McGill UniversityMetabolism/Diabetes
  • Buajitti, Emmalin. McGill University Population Health


  • Castle, Elizabeth.  University of British Columbia.     Immunology-Transplantation
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