Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship


TBA: likely September 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students


Quick Facts

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed 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 engineering, and health-related fields.

Annual Value: $50,000
Duration: up to 3 years


To be considered for a Vanier CGS, 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 joint graduate research program, only the PhD portion of a joint graduate research program is eligible for funding
  • Have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their doctoral program as of May 1, 2022
  • Special cases – months of study:
    • Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program, by May 1st, 2022 if enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants that fall into this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program; or
    • Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2022 if accelerated directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (no time spent in a Master’s program); or
    • Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2022 if accelerated from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree
  • 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 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 requirement for a 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.

Please see the Vanier CGS website for complete eligibility criteria.

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 (Potental and Demonstrated Ability)

Please see the Vanier CGS website for complete selection criteria.

Application Procedures

Current and prospective students will complete their Vanier application using ResearchNet, an online application system. Applicants to UBC must submit their complete application package via ResearchNet by the deadline Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants should refer to the Vanier CGS website for step-by-step application instructions.

To apply, applicants must do the following by the deadline noted above:

  1. Notify the College of Graduate Studies that they intend to apply for the Vanier CGS before the deadline.  This is an important step as the College of Graduate Studies should be aware of your intention to apply for the Vanier as they must support (nominate) your application in order for it to reach the university-wide stage of the award competition
  2. Provide official, up to date transcripts to the College of Graduate Studies for all post-secondary studies (including studies that did not lead to a degree, e.g., exchange / transfer course grades) up to 31 August 2020
    • UBC transcripts:
      • The SISC Academic History (provided by the College of Graduate Studies – not available on SSC) can be submitted instead of ordering an official UBC transcript
      • For applicants registered at UBC in the 2021W1 (Fall 2021) term, the UBC transcript (or SISC Academic History) must list the student’s 2021W1 (Fall 2021) registration. Applicants must ensure that they are registered in the necessary terms or their academic history will not be up to date and valid. 
    • Other transcripts:
      • Only official transcripts will be accepted
      • The College of Graduate Studies may have some of the applicant’s transcripts on file already; if so, the applicant must confirm with the College which transcripts they have on file to support the Vanier CGS application, and which transcripts the applicant must still provide to the College. The applicant should confirm their transcript status well before the deadline to ensure they have time to order official transcripts if required. 
      • If the applicant needs to provide any transcripts in support of their Vanier CGS application, the College must receive the original, official transcripts from the issuing institution
      • Given current uncertainties related to COVID-19 and the difficulty of obtaining/processing paper transcripts, it is recommended that applicants order official transcripts that can be sent electronically from their previous institutions to UBC, rather than by mail, where possible
      • The College of Graduate Studies may use scanned copies of official transcripts that are validated and uploaded on SITS e:Vision (i.e., transcripts must be stamped with “COGS Official”)
      • For students including foreign transcripts, if the transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), a certified translation must be provided, in addition to the official transcripts in its original language
      • Please make sure that transcripts are legible and that transcript key/legend is included
      • It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that the College of Graduate Studies has all of their required transcripts for their Vanier application
    • Questions about transcript requirements should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies
    • Transcripts are not attached to your Vanier application by the application deadline.  The College of Graduate Studies will attach your official transcripts and the Doctoral Studies Timeline form should your application be nominated to the Vanier CGS program
  3. Submit the Doctoral Studies Timeline form to the College of Graduate Studies, so that they can add it to your transcript package (required for all applicants, not just Vanier-CIHR)
  4. Request letters of support from four referees:
    • two letters from referees assessing the applicant’s academic excellence, research potential and demonstrated and potential leadership ability are submitted electronically through ResearchNet by the referee
    • two leadership reference letters; two PDFs are provided to the applicant, who uploads the letters to his or her electronic application file
  5. Submit a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet

Please see the Vanier CGS website for detailed application/nomination instructions.

Nomination Procedures

  • The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) will provide electronic copies of applications submitted by their current and prospective students to the College of Graduate Studies shortly after the applicant deadline. The College is to review their applications for eligibility and completeness, rank their applications, and select their nominees
  • The College of Graduate Studies will attach official transcripts to applications that are submitted by the deadline date. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the College has the necessary transcripts before the deadline. 
  • The College of Graduate Studies Scholarship and Awards Committee will review and rank the applications received and will nominate the top ranked applications to G+PS
  • G+PS will convene an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review nominations submitted by Vancouver graduate programs and the Okanagan campus and select UBC’s nominees to the national competition. This committee is made up of three subcommittees, one for each of the federal funding agencies
  • Canadian universities each have a limit to the number of nominations they may submit to the Vanier CGS competition
  • Results of the national competition are to be released to applicants by spring. For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the Vanier CGS website
  • The quota (the maximum number of nominations the College of Graduate Studies may submit to G+PS) for the Vanier CGS competitions is: TBA

Further Information

Please visit the Vanier CGS Website.

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