Scholarships & Awards

Award Overview – Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

MSE Deadline: September 10, 2018
Application goes offline for Referees: 2 days prior to the date the application goes offline for applicants
Application goes offline for Applicants: September 24, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Value/Duration: $50,000 per year for three years
Level of study: To support PhD or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD
Required Legal Status: Domestic or International
Results: Early April 2019 directly from Vanier


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 social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. The Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their previous degree(s).

Eligibility to Apply

Please refer applicants to the Vanier website for complete eligibility requirements.

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

  • be pursuing their first doctoral degree (or the PhD portion of a joint program including MD/PhD, JD/PhD) full-time at the nominating university in the academic year immediately following the of release of results in March;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 (see calculating months of doctoral studies);
  • have achieved a first-class average (A-), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • have not already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD); and
  • be nominated by only one Canadian university, which has received a Vanier CGS allocation.

NEW: Applicants may apply to both the Vanier CGS program and another doctoral-level scholarship/fellowship program (e.g. PGS D) under the same or different federal granting agency in the same academic year, provided that the research proposed in each application falls within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted.


Applicants must be nominated by the institution at which they wish to study and hold the award. Applicants seeking institutional nomination must first receive the endorsement of their proposed graduate unit through a local selection process. Applicants seeking this endorsement must submit a completed Vanier CGS application using the ResearchNet application system. Graduate units will view the submitted applications from candidates seeking endorsement via ResearchNet.

Application Process:

Applicants should refer to the Vanier website for step by step application/nomination instructions. The ResearchNet application will only be accessible to applicants until the published Institution Internal Deadline of Sept 24th at 8pm, at which time it will go offline.

Applicants must complete the entire application process by the MSE deadline of September 10 to be eligible for consideration, this includes:

  • contacting their proposed graduate unit regarding their specific student submission deadline and requirements;
  • submitting a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet; and all original official transcripts to the graduate unit. (Reminder: Institutions will be required to include an evaluation/summary of all foreign transcripts. In order to assist with this task, foreign transcripts submitted by the applicant should be accompanied by a grade legend.)

Please note the following reminders:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the “Identify Referee” task on ResearchNet well in advance as referee assessments must be completed and submitted by the referee before the student can complete the submission process.
  • Applicants are required to upload two leadership reference letters as separate PDF attachments under the same task (the ability to upload the second letter will appear after the first one has been uploaded). In addition, two confidential academic assessments will be requested and submitted through ResearchNet. Note: Vanier recommends that each of these come from four individuals but letters from the same sources will not be declared ineligible.
  • All information about interruptions to a student’s academic career, choice of nominating institution, and mobility must be included either in the Personal Leadership Statement or the Research Proposal. The “special circumstances” attachment is to be solely used for calculating the number of months completed in PhD studies by the Vanier Secretariat and is no longer be forwarded to the selection committee.
  • The students’ proposed research project and doctoral program of study must be eligible within the mandate of the agency to which the nomination will be submitted. If there is any doubt (especially for those applying to SSHRC or NSERC whose subject matter touches upon health in any capacity), students are urged to email the granting agency directly with a one page summary of their research to seek written confirmation in advance of submitting their application. Complete guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency are available at

Contacts & Resources:

Questions regarding the Vanier Awards competition can be directed to Vanier at, or the Graduate Awards Office at the School of Graduate Studies by emailing

For more information visit:

Vanier website

U of T Vanier website

MSE Contact

Ms Maria Fryman,Graduate Program Counsellor & Administrator
T: 416.978.1374 | E: | Office: WB 140