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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2023 | Fully Funded

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program 2023 is currently accepting applications. In this post, we will go through the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, its benefits, and the application process in depth.

  • Status: Upcoming
  • Application open: June 2022

International students are eligible to apply for this fully funded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2023. This scholarship allows you to pursue a PhD program. This three-year scholarship is worth $50,000 every year.

International students who want to pursue PhD studies at top Canadian universities can apply for the Vanier Canadian Government Scholarships. During doctorate studies, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 each year for three years. This program aims to attract and maintain world-class doctorate students in the natural sciences and/or engineering, social sciences and humanities, and health who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high level of scholarly success in graduate studies in these fields.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was established by the Canadian government in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and maintain world-class doctoral students and to build Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher education. Vanier Scholars have demonstrated leadership abilities as well as a high level of academic achievement in graduate studies in the natural sciences and/or engineering, social sciences and humanities, and health. The scholarships are for doctoral studies (or a combined MA/Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) alone.

Scholarship Benefits

During doctorate studies, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is worth $50,000 each year for three years.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Eligibility

The following are the requirements to be considered for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship:

  • English is a required language.
  • Permanent residents of Canada, Canadian citizens, and foreign citizens are all eligible.
  • You should be working on your first doctoral degree (including combination undergraduate/graduate research programs like MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, and JD/PhD – if it has a proven and strong research component). Only the PhD element of a combined degree is eligible for funding; as of May 1, 2022, you must have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies.
  • Only one Canadian institution may nominate you, and it must have obtained a Vanier CGS quota.
  • You should plan to pursue full-time doctoral (or dual graduate program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominated institution during the summer semester or the academic year after the announcement of results. Only the PhD element of a combined degree is eligible for financing; to pursue or complete a doctorate degree, you must not have, or have held, a doctoral-level grant or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.
  • In each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent, you should have received a first-class average, as established by your school. Candidates should contact the school to find out what constitutes a first-class average.

How to Apply

The following are vital instructions for applying for Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships:

1. Start your application by looking up Canadian universities on Universities Canada’s website. We recommend thoroughly investigating the program of interest in which you would like to finish your doctoral degree, as well as supervisors for your proposed research, on each university’s unique website.

2. Check the Vanier CGS quota page to see if your desired institution has a quota for the year in which you are applying.

Steps to Complete an Application:

  • There are two ways to begin an application: Either the student notifies the graduate studies faculty of the chosen university of their plan to apply to the Vanier CGS program, or the institution begins the nomination process by contacting the prospective applicant.
  • The student prepares the application and uses the ResearchNet application system to submit it to the nominating university by their internal deadline (established in ResearchNet by the nominating institution).
  • The internal candidate selection process is carried out by the nominated institution.
  • By November 2, 2022, the nominated institution must submit proposed nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) (20:00 Eastern Time).
  • The review is coordinated by the Secretariat.
  • The Tri-Agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee receives the recommendations from the Secretariat.
  • The TAP Steering Committee is in favor of it.
  • The Vanier CGS program’s final choices are endorsed and approved by the TAP Steering Committee.
  • In April 2023, nominated candidates will be notified of the competition outcomes.
  • The institution where the candidate want to study must nominate him. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program does not accept direct applications.
  • Candidates should confirm institutional internal deadlines with the nominating institution’s administrator.
  • Before beginning their application, candidates should read the Selection Committee Guide. This guide includes a list of the three evaluation criteria as well as information on how they are evaluated.
  • The Secretariat has compiled a list of tools to assist applicants, institutions, referees, and assessors in thinking about equality, diversity, and inclusion while putting up their applications. Before beginning to write their application, applicants should check the materials.

Required documents include:

  1. A ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of reference, each with three sections)
  2. A CCV (limited entries; please see Completing the Common CV (CCV) for complete information)
  3. Research Contributions (maximum one page)
  4. A Personal Leadership Statement (maximum 2 pages)
  5. Special Circumstances (max 0.5 page, optional)
  6. Two Leadership letters of reference (maximum 2 pages)
  7. A Research Proposal (maximum 2 pages)
  8. Project References (maximum 5 pages)
  9. Transcripts

Important Information

  • A student must submit the Vanier CGS electronic application through ResearchNet to the Canadian university that will be nominating them. The Vanier CGS program does not accept applications directly.
  • Students interested in applying for a Vanier CGS should check to see if the institution they are applying to pursue doctoral study has a Vanier CGS quota. The institution must then be informed that they wish to be considered for a Vanier CGS.
  • If a candidate’s application is not selected for nomination to the Secretariat, the institution is responsible for notifying them. The timing of this communication may differ depending on the institution.
  • The institution will submit nominations to the Secretariat based on its quota.
  • Each student is only eligible for one nomination. If more than one institution is interested in recommending a student for a Vanier CGS, the student must submit their candidacy to one of the institutions. Nominations from more than one person will not be accepted.
  • Students are responsible for contacting the institution for more information about selecting the appropriate federal granting agency, locating the appropriate contact person within a department/faculty, and receiving advice or answering questions about content and how to best present information in their application.

Visit the official website of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) for additional information.

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