Scholarship Overview

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) Program for 2024-2025 represents a pinnacle of academic excellence and leadership in Canada, offering fully funded scholarships to international students pursuing doctoral studies. With an annual stipend of $50,000 over three years, the scholarship aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral candidates across natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, and health, contributing significantly to Canada's global position in research and higher education.

Host Institution(s)

Canadian institutions with a quota to host Vanier scholars are the nurturing grounds for these prestigious awards. These institutions are among Canada's finest, providing top-tier doctoral programs and research opportunities across a wide spectrum of disciplines.


The Vanier CGS is designated for PhD studies, including combined MA/Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., and JD/Ph.D. programs where a significant research component is evident. Scholarship recipients can delve into fields like natural sciences and/or engineering research, health research, and social sciences and humanities research, fostering a broad-based approach to doctoral studies.

Scholarship Value

Valued at $50,000 per annum, the Vanier CGS covers a comprehensive range of academic expenses for three years. This substantial financial support underscores the program's commitment to easing the financial burden on doctoral students, enabling them to focus on their research and studies.


Eligibility for the Vanier CGS hinges on several critical criteria:

  • Candidates can be permanent residents of Canada, Canadian citizens, or foreign citizens.
  • Applicants must be pursuing their first doctoral degree and should not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2023.
  • Nomination by only one Canadian institution that has received a Vanier CGS quota is required.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a first-class average, as determined by their institution, in the last two years of study.

Application Instructions

Applying for the Vanier CGS involves a multi-step process:

  1. Institutional Nomination: Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian institution where they wish to study. It's crucial for applicants to ensure their chosen institution has a Vanier CGS quota for the year they are applying.

  2. Application Submission: Applications must be prepared by the student and submitted through the ResearchNet application system by the internal deadline set by the nominating institution. This includes a comprehensive package of documents like a personal leadership statement, research proposal, CV, and transcripts.

  3. Review and Notification: After internal selection, nominations are forwarded to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat by November 1, 2023. Following a review process, final decisions are endorsed by the Tri-Agency Programs Steering Committee, with results announced in April 2024.

Candidates are encouraged to start their application by researching potential programs and supervisors at Canadian institutions and to consult the Vanier CGS quota page to confirm their institution of interest's participation. Completing the Common CV (CCV) and gathering all required documents, including leadership letters of reference and research contributions, are crucial steps in preparing a successful application.