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 - Technology Futures. Students should consult our AITF page for eligibility and application rules.
  • Eligibility

    Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply. Vanier Scholarship applications must be submitted by the nominating university.
    To be considered for a Vanier CGS at the University of Alberta, you must:

    • Intend to pursue a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) full-time at the University of Alberta in the May 2017 semester or the 2017/18 academic year.
    • Have completed between zero and 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2017 (ie. may not have begun the doctoral program earlier than Sept 1, 2015).
    • Have achieved a first-class average (equivalent to 3.5 or greater at the University of Alberta) in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.
    • Be seeking financial support to pursue a first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).
    • Applicants may only be nominated to the national competition by one Canadian university.
    NOT have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

    See the Vanier Scholarship website for complete eligibility details.

  • Application Procedures

    September 19, 2016 (midnight MST):

    Deadline for online submission of applications via ResearchNet and for receipt of official transcripts (UAlberta transcripts are not required), and nomination letters at FGSR.

    Students apply directly on ResearchNet. A complete nomination package consists of:

    • Completed and submitted online application form via ResearchNet
    • Official transcripts from all previous institutions (UAlberta transcripts are not required) submitted to the FGSR. Please note that this includes all foreign transcripts, transcripts showing transfer credits, and partially completed degrees. If the FGSR has your official up-to-date transcripts for completed degrees from other institutions on file, these transcripts do not need to be requested again. Please contact us for more information, or if you are unsure about this requirement.
    • Nomination letter completed and signed by the Department Head nominating the candidate and submitted to the FGSR (for more information on this please see the memo on this page under Nomination Procedures)

    September 22 - November 1, 2016:

    The Awards Team and UAlberta Vanier CGS committee initially reviews submitted applications and finalizes the list of applicants to be recommended to the Vanier CGS national-level committee. Short-listed applicants are given the opportunity to finalize their applications, including working with professional editors.

  • Nomination Procedures
    For details, including important competition deadlines, view the 2017 Vanier Competition Memo and the 2016-2017 Vanier CGS Competition Launch Memo from the Vanier-Banting Secretariat.

    November 2, 2016:

    University deadline to submit nominations to granting agencies, which are then adjudicated at the national level.

    March 31, 2017:

    Communication of results to applicants directly through the ResearchNet.

  • Deadline

    September 19, 2016 (midnight):

    Deadline for online submission of applications via ResearchNet and for receipt of official transcripts (UAlberta transcripts are not required), and nomination letters at FGSR.

  • Additional Information

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


    Recipients of NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR (2014 competition winners and later) Vanier Scholarships at the University of Alberta must submit the Progress Report to the FGSR for each renewal year of the award.