Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)


The Vanier CGS 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 in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health.

In an effort to support students in broadening their research horizons and seeking new challenges, the Vanier CGS program strongly encourages candidates to pursue their studies beyond the university that granted their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Value and Duration

  • $50,000 per year up to three years


  • Canadian or International students are eligible;
  • be seeking financial support to pursue your first doctoral degree;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2017;
  • have achieved a first–class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full–time study or equivalent, which at York is at least A; and
  • not have already received a doctoral–level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).

Note: We must ensure that our final submission to each of the agencies of the Tri-Council (SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC) receive applications which meet their subject matter eligibility. If you submit an application to the wrong agency, then the Tri–Council will deem the application ineligible for consideration. They will not forward the application to the appropriate agency.


  • Preliminary documents due to FGS by July 4, 2016;
  • Draft applications, transcripts, and letters due August 31, 2016;
  • Final applications, transcripts, and letters due Fall 2016.

How to Apply

Submit the following preliminary documents to Richolette Freckleton, Scholarships and Awards Coordinator ( by July 4, 2016.

  • A statement outlining your current and proposed research (maximum two pages)
  • A statement outlining your demonstrated and potential leadership (maximum one page)
  • A description of research contributions you have made in previous research work, your role and impact (maximum one page)
  • An up-to-date CV

Please see the Award Guide (.pdf) for details and other important dates.


  • Research Officer
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416)736-2100 ext. 44168
  • Scholarship Coordinator
    230 York Lanes
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    (416)736-2100 ext. 33954

Last updated on June 2, 2016