Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral Study in Canada

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral Study in Canada

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (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.


  • Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annuallyFootnote1;

  • A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.


    $50,000 per year


    3 years (non-renewable)

    Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)



  • Canadian citizens

  • Permanent residents of Canada

  • Foreign citizens

    Areas of research:

  • Health research

  • Natural sciences and/or engineering

  • Social sciences and humanities

    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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Doctoral Study in Canada

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