External + Government Awards

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to support world-class doctoral students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields.

See Award Application Tips to learn more about the application process for External/Government Funded Awards.

Deadline to Apply:
September 11, 2020

Award Value:
$50,000 per year for up to three years

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents of Canada
  • International students

Successful holders of this award may be eligible to be nominated for the SSHRC Talent Award. Learn more →

Undertaking SSHRC research? Consider applying to the annual SSHRC Storyteller's competition, where you may receive $3,000, attend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and possibly present at the SSHRC Impact Awards. Learn more →

Canadian Graduate Scholarships

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How to Apply

Check eligibility

Confirm that you meet all the criteria below before you apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).

Review evaluation criteria

When evaluating nominations, both the prestige of the Vanier CGS and the stage and nature of the candidate's academic career is considered. Each application is reviewed by the selection committee using a multi-step review process.

Prepare your application

Use our Vanier Application Worklist as a guide to manage your time while completing your application.

Complete your application

Follow the application instructions.
Complete applications must be submitted no later than September 12th. No late applications will be accepted.

Competition Timeline

September 10
4:30 PM
Deadline for students to submit official transcripts to GPS
September 11
11:59 PM
Student deadline to submit the full application on ResearchNet
September 29 Departmental deadline to submit rankings to GPS
October 20 University Scholarship Selection Committee (USSC) deadline to make final decisions
October 21-29 Students who have been selected to go forward can update their applications
November 3 Final submission deadline

Official Transcripts

Transcripts can be mailed to our mailing address or emailed to gpsaward@sfu.ca.

Our mailing address:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre
1100 Simon Fraser University
ATTN: Stephanie Santoso (Vanier)
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6