Scholarships and Awards

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies.

The Vanier Scholarships were named in honour of former Governor General Georges Vanier – statesman and hero. The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is administered by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat on behalf of Canada's three granting agencies - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Secretariat is housed within CIHR.

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  • Value
    Awarded at $50,000 a year for three years, the Vanier is one of Canada’s most prestigious graduate awards.

    Recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship at UAlberta will also receive Top-Up funding in the form of the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction. NSERC Vanier Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for additional Top-Up funding from Alberta Innovates. Students should consult our AI page for eligibility and application rules.
  • Eligibility

    Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply. All applicants must:

    • be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program no later than January 2019
    • not have started that doctoral program earlier than September, 2016 if they are already enrolled full-time in a doctoral program
    • if currently enrolled full-time in a master’s program (with the intention of being switched to a doctoral program without completing the master’s degree), not have started their master’s program earlier than September, 2015.
    • have achieved first-class average (GPA of at least 3.5 on the U of A grading scale) in each of the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent).
    • be pursuing their first doctoral (including joint undergraduate/graduate research programs, such as MD/PhD or JD/PhD) degree.
    • not have already received a doctoral scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.

    See the Vanier Scholarship website for complete eligibility details.

  • Application Procedures

    September 18, 2017 (23:59 Mountain Time/ 01:59 September 19 Eastern Time):
    Institutional Internal Deadline: Deadline to submit your complete application package to U of A (FGSR)

    Students apply through ResearchNet. A complete nomination package is described in the U of A Vanier Application Process document on this page.
    Please ensure that all required transcripts for application are submitted to FGSR by the Institutional Internal Deadline:

    • You must ensure that FGSR (U of A) has received all of your original, hard-copy, post-secondary transcripts (including college and CEGEP). This includes transcripts from institutions at which you took only a few courses and transcripts for partially completed degrees.
    • You do not need to provide FGSR with your U of A transcript- we will generate it and provide it to Vanier.
    • If international transcripts are not presented in English or French, you must also provide a certified translation
    • If your transcripts include credits earned at a college or CEGEP (college of general and professional education) that have been transferred for credit, please include the college or CEGEP transcript only if the grade earned does not appear on the university transcript.
    • It is your responsibility to confirm which of your transcripts are already with FGSR and which are not; if you email us to confirm this information, you must provide us with your Student ID number and a list of the transcripts/ translations you want FGSR to confirm. If FGSR has your official up-to-date transcripts, these transcripts do not need to be submitted again.
    • It is your responsibility to order and ensure the timely delivery of any outstanding transcripts to FGSR before the Institutional Internal Deadline.
    IMPORTANT: Transcripts submitted to clear your Conditions of Admission may not be acceptable for Vanier purposes as they may not be up-to-date. It is your responsibility to verify whether they are acceptable with FGSR.

    September 19, 2017 to October 31, 2017:
    The Awards Team and Graduate Scholarship Committee reviews submitted applications and finalizes the list of applicants to be recommended to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat. Short-listed applicants are given the opportunity to finalize their applications, including working with professional editors.

  • Nomination Procedures

    For details, including important competition deadlines, please view the following documents on this page:

    U of A Vanier Application Process
    Vanier Application and Document Checklist
    2018 Vanier Memo to Departments
    2018 Vanier Nomination Letter Memo

    November 1, 2017 (18:00 PM Mountain Time/ 20:00 PM Eastern Time):
    Program Deadline: FGSR submits nomination packages to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat

    April 2018:
    Successful candidates are notified of the competition results

  • Deadline

    September 18, 2017 (23:59 Mountain Time/ 01:59 September 19 Eastern Time)

    Institutional Internal Deadline: Deadline to submit your complete application package to U of A (FGSR)

  • Additional Information

    If you have any inquiries regarding the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships at the U of A, please contact us at or