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. See Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF) for details

Degree type

Students enrolled in or applying to a doctoral program

Vanier CGS official website

Preparing your application

Students with a UCalgary student number (UCID) may apply for awards after submitting an application for admission. You do not need to be accepted into your program before you apply for awards.

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


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

The 2021 PAF is closed. 

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).