Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to provide you with information for the upcoming Fall 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral competition. These prestigious scholarships awarded by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC help McMaster attract highly qualified doctoral students.

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To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a foreign citizen;
  • be nominated by only ONE Canadian university;
  • be pursuing your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).  Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university;
  • not have completed more than 20 months of full-time doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020  (see calculating months of doctoral studies)
  • have achieved a first-class average which is an A (11.0/12.0 or above) at McMaster, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent; and
  • must not hold, or have a held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHRNSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

For complete Vanier eligibility information

Award Value

$50,000.00/year for three (3) years

Important Deadlines

two-stage internal review process is in place at McMaster to help identify the strongest applications and to select the most competitive candidates in each research mandate of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.  

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Stage 1 Letter of Intent (LOI) package is due to SGS.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Stage 2 endorsed candidate applications are due to SGS.
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m. McMaster Internal ResearchNet deadline (for students): Stage 2 endorsed candidates will submit a complete application on ResearchNet.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time) Vanier Deadline McMaster must forward their selected nominations to the Vanier CGS program

In order to submit a Stage 1 Letter of Intent package at McMaster, you will need the support of your McMaster current or proposed department and supervisor.  Please contact your department for complete details on how to submit a Stage 1 Letter of Intent package.

McMaster Quota

Universities have been assigned quotas for the number of applications that can be submitted to each agency.  McMaster’s quotas are as follows:

  • CIHR - 10 applications
  • NSERC - 7 applications
  • SSHRC - 4 applications

For complete 2018 Vanier competition instructions 

Instructions/Information for Department Administrators

Contact Information

ResearchNet technical help, call 1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968 or email from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

For program-related help, please contact

Vanier Competition information and application process

School of Graduate Studies: email