TRI-Agency & 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 8, 2023

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

Featured Award Recipient

  • Rachel is Department of Geography doctoral in the Environment. Three keywords of research: carbon cycle, carbon dioxide removal, earth system modelling (NSERC Vanier)

  • Zoe is a Resource and Environmental Management (REM) PhD Student researching how new technologies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector over time and how policy can ensure that these technologies are compatible with climate change goals. (Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Graduate Fellowship)

  • Emmanuel is a Chemistry PhD student researching on fuel cells and how they can be made cheaper and more efficient with environmentally friendly starting materials. (MITACS Research Training Award, Chemistry Graduate fellowship (3), and NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship)

  • Jason is a Social Psychology PhD student researching human social cognition and emotions and helping to develop community prosociality programs. (Community Engaged Research Initiative Graduate Research Fellowship, Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship at SDFU, SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's, & Arthur and Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service)

How to Apply

Check eligibility

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

Check out the Vanier eligibility criteria →

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.

Learn more about the Vanier selection criteria →

Prepare your application

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

Download Vanier Application Worklist →

Complete your application

Follow the application instructions. Complete applications must be submitted no later than September 8th. No late applications will be accepted.

View application instructions →

Competition Timeline (Fall 2023)

September 8
05:00 PM
Student deadline to submit the full application on ResearchNet
September 22 Departmental deadline to submit rankings to GPS
October 12/13 University Scholarship Selection Committee (USSC) deadline to make final decisions
October 16-25 Students who have been selected to go forward can update their applications
November 1 SFU final submission deadline


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Official/unofficial transcripts can be emailed to (attn: Stephanie Santoso).

Or they can be mailed to:

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