Vanier Doctoral Scholarship

Award Quick Look

Deadline: No Deadline

Amount: 50,000

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • International
  • Permanent Resident


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education


  • School of Graduate Studies

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.

Internal Deadline

  • TBD  midnight EST (22:00 PST)


  • $50,000/year for 3 years


  • To be considered for a Vanier Scholarship, a student must be nominated by a Canadian university. Vanier Scholarships must be held by the student at the university that nominated them. The scholarships are not transferable: they may not be taken to another university
  • Applicants do not have to be registered as doctoral students at the time of application, but must be registered as doctoral students at a Canadian university when they take up the Vanier Scholarship
  • Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), and international students are all eligible for Vanier Scholarships
  • Students who have held or are currently holding Tri-Agency scholarship funding for their doctoral program are not eligible to apply

Please see the Vanier Scholarship website for complete eligibility criteria.

Application Process

Current and prospective students will complete their Vanier application using ResearchNet, an online application system. Applicants to U of L must submit their complete application package via ResearchNet.

To apply, applicants must do the following by the deadline noted above:

  1. notify the the Graduate Award Advisor, that you intend to apply for the Vanier Scholarship.
  2. provide official transcripts for all post-secondary studies.
    • transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Award Advisor, Deirdre Coburn within the School of Graduate Studies.
    • applicant needs to provide all transcripts in support of their Vanier application, the Graduate Award Advisor
      must receive the original, official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
    • questions about transcript requirements should be directed to the Graduate Award Advisor.
  3. request letters of support from three referees
    • two letters from referees assessing the applicant's academic excellence, research potential and demonstrated
      and potential leadership ability are submitted electronically through ResearchNet by the referee
    • the Leadership Reference Letters are provided to the applicant, who then uploads the letter to his or her electronic
      application file
    • applicants should provide potential referees with the Vanier selection criteria guidelines
  4. submit a completed Vanier application via ResearchNet

Nomination Procedures:

The School of Graduate Studies will provide electronic copies of applications submitted to the internal Vanier Adjudication Committee shortly after the student application deadline.

Transcripts for applicants should be received at the Graduate Award Advisor's office. Each application will need to include applicant's transcripts for all post-secondary studies. Note that photocopies or unofficial printouts of transcripts are not accepted.

Adjudication Procedures:

The School of Graduate Studies will convene an adjudication committee composed of U of L faculty members to review all completed applications submitted by the deadline and select U of L's nominees for the national competition.

Canadian universities each have a limit to the number of nominations they may submit to the Vanier Scholarship competition. In the 2021/22, 2022/23, 2023/24 competition years, U of L has the following remaining allocation of nominations to the national competition:

  • CIHR – TBD 

Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency (NSERC vs SSHRC vs CIHR)

For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the Vanier Scholarship website.