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Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2020/21

Application window is now open for the Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2020 targeted at excellent postgraduate students across the globe. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year per awardee for three years during doctoral studies and considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership.

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.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): The Government of Canada.

Scholarships to be taken at: Universities/institutions in Canada.

Scholarship Type: Fully Funded Scholarships.

Scholarship level: Postgraduate (doctoral)

Scholarship Worth/Value: $50,000 per year for 3 years

Slots: Up to 166 scholarships are awarded annually

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Subject Eligibility: See eligible Areas of Research (below).

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Global eligibility.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

The Selection Criteria for the Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2020 will be based on;

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


  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Foreign citizens

Areas of research:

More eligibility information available:

Application Procedures for the Government of Canada Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2020 – How-to-Apply:

Application for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships usually will follow a nominating process. Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study. Interested candidates should: Check how to be nominated

Application Timelines:

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July – November 2020: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.

Internal Deadline (varies): Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.

November 3, 2020 (20:00 EST): Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.

November 2020 – March 2021: Review and evaluation of nominations.

Early April 2021: Anticipated notification of results. Nominees will be notified by email when the results are available on ResearchNet.

May 1, 2021, September 1, 2021 or January 1, 2022: Payments begin.

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