Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

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

Tri-Agency Update

The Tri-agencies have announced increased award values for all current and new master’s and doctoral student scholarships effective September 1, 2024.  

The University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies has not yet received any details regarding how the increases will impact each recipient. We expect to receive further information in July/August 2024. Once the information is received, the Graduate Award Office within the Faculty of Graduate Studies will provide details to recipients, students, supervisors and programs. 

There will be no changes to the value or duration of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Vanier and Banting programs will continue under their current parameters, $50,000 and $70,000 per year respectively, until they are replaced by a new, streamlined talent program. 

You can read the press release here

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 12, 2024 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 2024-2025 competition is based on the total number of months of graduate studies you expect to complete by May 1, 2025. The Vanier website is expected to be updated in Summer 2024.

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.

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)