Q: Can I just re-write and expand my PAF leadership statement for the full application? It's a great base to start from. We highly recommend working with the Graduate Leader’s Circle and taking advantage of all supports offered through mentorship/workshops/cafes, to ensure you submit the strongest application.
Q: When selecting leadership experiences to focus on and who to request the leadership reference letter from, should I choose an experience/person with whom I’ve had more history or one that is newer but potentially more relevant/valuable? It is vital that leadership is central to all parts of a Vanier application. This is an opportunity for you to select the person(s) who can best attest to yours.
Q: If the concept of my dissertation is still in progress, how should I write my research proposal? You can include general information about your topic as it is a great opportunity to conduct exploratory research into areas with missing literature and begin to develop relevant research questions. You are not held accountable to complete the research proposal exactly as it is written at the time of the application. Application/nomination instructions - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Q: Do you recommend bolding/emphasizing sections of my leadership statement or research proposal? This can be a helpful tool to draw attention to some of your salient points, but should not be overdone. This is particularly a component where receiving peer review (such as in Graduate Leaders Circle mentoring events) can be helpful to ensure you’re striking the right note. Application/nomination instructions - Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Research Contributions / CCV
Q: What if I don’t have any research contributions? Students are assessed on the stage they are at in their graduate work and the expectation for research contributions at that stage. The application will be reviewed with this in mind.
Q: Can I list a paper that is in review/preparation in my Common CV (CCV) or research contributions? Papers in preparation do not hold much weight unless supported by comments in the references. Papers under review can be listed supported by the journal details and submission number and some comment made by your supervisor that the paper is under review.
Q: Does it make sense to include an unpublished master’s thesis as a research contribution? A master's / doctoral thesis should not be included in publications although there may be a place in the CCV for this type of document.
Q: If I was an invited speaker at a conference that also published my abstract in conference proceedings, can I add these as two separate contributions? Yes, once as an oral presentation and once as a published abstract. NSERC - Guidelines on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring (nserc-crsng.gc.ca)
Q: Where do I list any Special Circumstances? Depending on the information to be included, this may entered in a number of areas. Please see the Vanier instructions for details.
Q: How do I properly describe my contributions without over-hyping my accomplishments? As this is as competitive award, you do want to ensure that you’re properly describing your accomplishments and successes and giving yourself due credit for your work. However, a way to keep this from veering into “over-hyping” territory is to ensure that you are not overemphasizing or extrapolating the impacts of your work too far. Make sure to stick to the facts of what you’ve done (providing numbers when appropriate and available, e.g., during my time at X organization, uptake of our services increased by 14% from 2021-2022), but do not imply that you’ve solved all the problems of an organization/issue singlehandedly.
Q: How do I decide what to emphasize in the research contributions? Selecting your research contributions should fit into the broader package of your application. It is typically helpful to select your most “impactful” contributions, i.e., oral presentation at a prestigious international conference or publication in a high impact journal. However, it is also important to use the research contributions to build a narrative of how you are equipped to execute your proposed research and be a leader in your university.
Q: What are examples of “non-academic” research contributions? Knowledge dissemination for the general public, knowledge translation events, industry events, Op-ed, school visits, as well as Other examples of Contributions