Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier CGS scholarship 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 social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, or health. It is jointly administered by SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR.

SGS Information Sessions

Graduate Award Information sessions are available to students interested in applying for Federal and/or Provincial awards (to start award in 2021-22 academic year). Note: international students are only eligible to apply for Vanier and OGS out of the sessions being offered.

Information sessions presented by SGS staff will be held virtually (on Zoom) and provide general program information including eligibility requirements and application process. Sessions will also be recorded and made available at a later date accessible through Quercus.

Updated September 3, 2020:
Recordings from the SGS Tri-Agency awards and OGS information sessions for students are now available via Quercus for streaming.

The slides from these presentations are also available on the SGS website within each of the award’s pages under the “Additional Info” section:


$50,000.00 per year for three years during doctoral studies.


Application Deadline

All application materials must be complete and submitted to the Faculty of Information by the end of day on September 1, 2020.


Eligibility to Apply

Please refer to the Vanier website for complete eligibility requirements.

To be considered for a Vanier CGS in the Faculty of Information, applicants must:

  • be intending to pursue their first doctoral degree full-time at the Faculty of Information in September 2020;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2021;
  • have achieved a first-class average (A-), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • have not 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); and
  • be nominated by only one Canadian university.


Nomination and Application Process

Applicants should refer to the Vanier website for step-by-step application/nomination instructions.

Applicants must complete the entire application process by the Faculty of Information deadline to be eligible for consideration. This includes:

  1. Contact us by email to let us know of your intent to take part in this competition.  Please direct your email to;
  2. Submit a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet;
  3. Send all original official transcripts to the Faculty of Information. All non-Canadian transcripts submitted by the applicant should be accompanied by a grade legend.  New official transcripts are required for this competition even if we already have copies of your transcripts in your file as we must send these forward.  Please send all transcripts to the following address:

Vanier CGS c/o Awards Committee
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G6


Helpful Reminders

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the “Identify Referee” task on ResearchNet well in advance as referee assessments must be completed and submitted by the referee before the student can complete the submission process.
  • Applicants are required to upload two leadership reference letters as separate PDF attachments under the same task (the ability to upload the second letter will appear after the first one has been uploaded). In addition, two confidential academic assessments will be requested and submitted through ResearchNet. Vanier recommends that these come from four different individuals but letters from the same sources will not be declared ineligible.
  • All information about interruptions to a student’s academic career, choice of nominating institution, and mobility must be included either in the Personal Leadership Statement or the Research Proposal.
  • The proposed research project and doctoral program of study must be eligible within the mandate of the agency (SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR) to which the nomination will be submitted. If there is any doubt (especially for those applying to SSHRC or NSERC whose subject matter touches upon health in any capacity), students are urged to email the granting agency directly with a one page summary of their research to seek written confirmation in advance of submitting their application. Complete guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency are available at

Questions regarding the Vanier Awards competition can be directed to Vanier at, or the Graduate Awards Office at the School of Graduate Studies by emailing

For more information visit:
Vanier website
U of T Vanier website