Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for Foreign Students, 2024

November 1, 2023

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.

Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.

Type: PhD

Application Deadline: 1st November, 2023

Number of Awards: 166

Host InstitutionCanadian Universities

Value of Award: $50,000 per year

Award Period: 3 years

Area of Research:

  • Health research
  • Natural sciences and/or engineering
  • Social sciences and humanities

Eligible Countries:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Foreign citizens

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Research Potential
  • Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability)

Eligibility: Click here to view full eligibility details

How To Apply: A complete Vanier CGS application package includes:

  • ResearchNet application form (includes two letters of reference, each with three sections)
  • CCV (limited entries; please see Completing the Common CV (CCV) for complete information)
  • research contributions (maximum one page)
  • personal leadership statement (maximum 2 pages for English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications)
  • special circumstances (maximum 1.0 page, optional)
  • two leadership letters of reference (maximum 2 pages)
  • research proposal (maximum 2 pages for English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications)
  • project references (maximum 5 pages)
  • transcripts


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