If you are planning to get your education in Canada, then you have an excellent chance to apply for the Vanier Canada Graduate International Scholarships provided by the Government of Canada.
The Canadian Government is awarding the Vanier CGS program to highly motivated and competitive students. The funding program is available to both Canadian and international students and offers a value of $ 50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies.
When you choose to study in Canada as an international student, you’re making the right choice for the future. Canada is recognized worldwide for its high academic standards which provide a stimulating educational environment for students.
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.
The applicant must have to meet the following eligibility criteria to be nominated for a Vanier CGS:
- You must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens.
- Be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
- Be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint graduate research program such as- MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). 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 a joint graduate research program such as- MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; For joint graduate research program, only the PhD portion of a joint graduate research program is eligible for funding.
- Have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in their doctoral program as of May 1, 2021;
- Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program, by May 1, 2021, if enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants that fall into this category have access to the 32-month window whether or not they were previously enrolled in a Master’s program; or
- Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2021, if accelerated directly from a Bachelor’s to a PhD (no time spent in a Master’s program); or
- Have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in their doctoral program by May 1, 2021, if accelerated from a Master’s degree into a Doctoral program without obtaining the Master’s degree.
- Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average; and
- Must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.
Eligibility of Program of Study
- An eligible doctoral program must include a significant research component that leads to the completion of a thesis, major research project, dissertation, scholarly publication, performance, recital and/or exhibit that is merit/expert-reviewed at the institutional level as a requirement for completion of the program.
- Joint graduate research programs with a professional degree (e.g., MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) as well as clinically-oriented programs of study, including clinical psychology, are also eligible programs if they have a significant autonomous research component, as described above.
- Note: ResearchNet will only allow the creation of one application per applicant. Applicants should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study and are advised to discuss their decision with the nominating institution before they submit the application through ResearchNet.
Acceptable Course and Subjects
Canada’s 100+ public and private universities offer more than 15,000 programs at all levels and covering all fields of study.
Areas of research:
- Health research
- Natural sciences and/or engineering research
- Social sciences and humanities research
Why Study in Canada as an International Student?
Canada is one of the world’s top destinations for university education. A degree from a Canadian university opens doors and unleashes endless possibilities. It has several scholarships awarded annually. Canada’s university degrees and college diplomas are recognized worldwide, yet their tuition fees are affordable in English speaking countries. You will enjoy all the equal freedom, respectively, human rights and peaceful society with stable equality. You will feel good, secure and welcome here.
Benefits of the Programs
- Up to 166 scholarships are awarded each year annually and are divided among the three federal granting agencies, who each offer 55 awards annually:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.
- Value: $50,000 per year
- Duration: 3 years (non-renewable)
How to Apply for Vanier Scholarship?
Students wishing to apply for a Vanier CGS must do so through the Canadian institution to which they are applying for doctoral studies.
Your application process to study in Canada will involve up to these steps:
Step 1: Apply for Admission
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Step 2: Submit Required Documents
A complete Vanier CGS nomination packages include:
- A ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of reference, each with three sections)
- A CCV (limited entries; https://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/completing_ccv.html for complete information)
- Research Contributions (limit one page)
- A 2-page Personal Leadership Statement (instead of a .5 page Special Circumstances document)
- Two Leadership letters of reference (max two pages)
- A Research Proposal (max two pages)
- Project References (max five pages)
- Transcripts and Doctoral Studies Timeline [ PDF (172 KB) – external link ]
- Each student can only be nominated once per competition.
- You may essential to provide documents or transcripts that translated to English or French, so your Canadian institute can assess you.
- Before you apply for a study permit, you necessity to have a letter of acceptance from a school, university or college in Canada
- Some language schools will request you to provide the results of your TOEIC test.
- The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada consists of credential assessment services from across Canada
Depending on your country of residence, if you want to visit Canada, you may need to apply for a Canadian visa.
Applications Deadline: November 3, 2020
Contact Address: For program-related help, contact vanier[at]cihr-irsc.gc.ca.