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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. 

The scholarships are administered by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program in detail , external link

$50,000 per year for up to three years

September 17, 2018

Note: This is the internal deadline for all candidates to submit their application packages.

  • Be nominated by only one Canadian university;
  • Be seeking financial support to pursue your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • Intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university;
  • Have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019;
  • Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent, which is at least an A-. (Applicants are encouraged to contact the university for its definition of a first-class average); and
  • Not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Interested students must complete and submit their electronic application package through the ResearchNet online, external link application and nomination e-approval system by the internal deadline stated above.

Please coordinate with your Program Administrator to have your transcripts sent to the Scholarship Liaison Officer in Yeates School of Graduate Studies by the deadline.

Once the applications have been verified, there is an internal-candidate selection process. Internal Vanier committees (SHHRC, NSERC and CIHR) will select the nominations to go forward to the appropriate federal granting agencies.

The granting agencies then perform their selection process, present their recommendations to the Vanier Board and the Board endorses the recommended nominees. Then a separate Vanier Steering Committee makes the final decisions for funding.

Successful candidates and Ryerson are notified of the competition results on March 31, 2019.

Natasha Mills
Scholarships Liaison Officer
Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University
416.979.5000 ext. 3648

Recipient profiles

Our Vanier Scholars share their research and advice for a successful application 

Meet Ryerson's Vanier Scholars

Merriam Haffar, PhD, Environmental Applied Science and Management

Andrew Brankley, PhD, Psychology

Eno Hysi, PhD, Biomedical Physics

Afshin Rahimi, PhD, Aerospace Engineering