Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships For International Students

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for International Students is a prestigious program that offers invaluable opportunities for scholars from around the world to pursue their graduate studies in Canada. This initiative, funded by the Canadian government, is a testament to Canada’s commitment to fostering global talent and promoting excellence in research and academia.

These scholarships provide financial support to outstanding international students, enabling them to engage in cutting-edge research across various disciplines, from science and engineering to social sciences and humanities. Beyond financial aid, the Vanier Scholarships also facilitate international collaboration, fostering a vibrant academic community that encourages knowledge exchange and innovation.

For international students seeking to further their education and make a significant impact in their respective fields, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships represent a pathway to academic success and a platform for contributing to the advancement of knowledge on a global scale.

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Details About Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

  • Scholarship Name: Vanier Canada Graduate
  • Programs: PhD Degree
  • Location: Canada
  • Deadline: before 1 Nov 2023 (annual)

The establishment of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) aims to draw in and retain outstanding doctoral candidates while positioning Canada as a hub of global distinction in research and advanced education. These scholarships are specifically designated for individuals pursuing doctoral degrees, including combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD programs.

Host Institution(s): Graduate Scholarships

Vanier CGS allocation is exclusive to Canadian universities that have received it. It’s important to note that the Vanier CGS can only be held at the Canadian institution that put forward the nomination, without any exceptions.

Level/Field(s) of study: Graduate Scholarships

Doctoral programs, including combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD programs, in the fields of health research, natural sciences and engineering research, as well as social sciences and humanities research, are eligible.

A qualifying doctoral program must incorporate a substantial research component leading to the culmination of a thesis, substantial research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital, or exhibition. This work should undergo a rigorous review by experts at the institutional level as a program completion requirement.

Target group: Marshall Scholarship

Vanier CGS nominations are open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and foreign nationals.

Eligibility Criteria of Graduate Scholarships

To be eligible for consideration for a Vanier CGS, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Receive a nomination from only one Canadian institution that has been allocated a Vanier CGS quota.
  2. Be in pursuit of your initial doctoral degree, which includes joint undergraduate/graduate research programs such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD, provided they have a substantial research component. Please note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding.
  3. Plan to commence full-time doctoral studies and research at the nominating institution in either the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results. Once again, only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding.
  4. As of May 1, 2024, have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies.
  5. As of May 1, 2024, have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in your doctoral program if you are enrolled in a joint graduate research program (e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD). This applies regardless of whether you were previously enrolled in a Master’s program or directly transitioned from a Bachelor’s to a PhD program without a Master’s degree.
  6. Maintain a first-class average, as defined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or its equivalent. It is advisable to contact your institution to ascertain their specific criteria for a first-class average.
  7. Do not currently hold or have previously held a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC for the purpose of pursuing or completing a doctoral degree.

Application instructions:

“Candidates seeking the Vanier CGS must receive a nomination from a Canadian institution where they wish to pursue their studies. Direct applications to the Vanier CGS program are not accepted.

The application process can be initiated in one of two ways:

  1. The student informs the faculty of graduate studies at their chosen institution about their intention to apply for the Vanier CGS program.
  2. The institution itself initiates the nomination process by reaching out to the prospective candidate.

Candidates are responsible for preparing their applications, which should be submitted to the nominating institution by their internal deadline using the ResearchNet application system. The nominating institution, in turn, forwards recommended nominations to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) no later than November 1, 2023.

For comprehensive information on how to apply for this scholarship and to access the application form, please visit the official website, linked below.”


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