Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

Created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students broadening their research horizons

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and/or Engineering (NSERC) and Health (CIHR).

At a glance


$50,000, for up to three years




June 7, 2023 to submit a Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF). Only students with a successful PAF stage will be invited to apply to the main competition.

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

Vanier CGS official website

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


Eligibility for the current 2023-2024 competition is based on the total number of months of graduate studies you expect to complete by May 1, 2024. The Vanier website is expected to be updated in Summer 2023.

Vanier CGS official website

Tri-agency Recipient Eligibility

The Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide governs eligibility for CGS-M, CGS-D, PGS-D, and Vanier funding offered through CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

If you are a recipient of Tri-agency funding, you must review this guide prior to making any changes to your registration, employment etc. Contact to inform the Faculty of Graduate Studies of any potential changes that may impact your funding.


Eligible applicants must first submit a Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Office.

The PAF application is closed. The 2025 application will launch June 2024.

Only students who have been successful at the PAF stage may apply to the main competition.

Did you know? Successful students who submit their PAFs early will have more time to complete the full application and also be invited to the Vanier workshop hosted by the Associate Dean (Scholarships).

Vanier: Instructions for completing the Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF)

Vanier: Instructions for completing the Application Form (following successful PAF)