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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) 2024-2025 | Complete Guide

If you are seeking an opportunity to finance your doctoral studies in Canada, then you should consider the widely anticipated Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS).

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian universities. Launched by the Canadian Government in 2008, This scholarship awards recipients $50,000 per year for three years during their doctoral studies in a wide array of research fields including the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship summary

Scholarship Sponsor: Government of Canada

Host Institution(s): Canadian Universities

Eligibility: Open to Both Domestic and International students

Study Level(s): Doctoral Degree

Funding: Fully-Funded ($50,000) per year

Duration: 3 Years

Deadline: October 30 2024


Scholarship Scope

Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually with a total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.

The Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:


How it works

The CGS scholarship is nomination-based scholarship where 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.

Candidates cannot apply directly to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program. Vanier CGS application packages submitted through ResearchNet will first be submitted to the Canadian institution that will be putting forward their nomination. To simplify it, this is how it generally goes:

1). Applications are initiated in one of two ways. Either:

  • the student informs the faculty of graduate studies at the selected institution of their intent to apply to the Vanier CGS program; or

  • the institution initiates the nomination process by contacting the desired candidate.

2). Applications are prepared by the student and submitted to the nominating institution by their internal deadline (set in ResearchNet by the nominating institution) using the ResearchNet application system.

3). The nominating institution performs the internal candidate selection process. The institution is responsible for notifying candidates if their application is not selected for nomination to the Secretariat. The timing for this notification may vary by institution.

4). The nominating institution forwards recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat by October 30, 2024 (20:00 Eastern Time).

5). The Secretariat coordinates the review process.

6). The Secretariat presents the recommendations to the Tri-agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee.

7). The TAP Steering Committee endorses and approves final decisions for the Vanier CGS program.

8). Nominated candidates are notified of the competition results in April 2025.

➢ Learn more about the NominationProcess



Generally, Nationality-Wis, the CGS scholarship is open to:

  • Canadian Citizens

  • Permanent Residents of Canada

  • Foreign Students

But you and the nominating institute also need to meet All Eligibility Criteria mentioned in this Webpage.


Application Timeline

July - November 2024: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.

October 30, 2024: Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.

November 2024 – March 2025: Review and evaluation of nominations.

Early April 2025: Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.

• May 1, 2025, or September 1, 2025, or January 1, 2026: Payments begin.





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