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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2015

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS)

UE - The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Scope

- Up to 167 scholarships are awarded annually.
- A total of up to 500 scholarships are active at any time.

Value

- $50,000 per year

Duration

- 3 years (non-renewable)

Scholarships are distributed equally between the three federal granting agencies:

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Features

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 in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Candidate eligibility

Citizenship

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS. To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:

-be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota;
-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 institution; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
-not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2016 (see calculating months of doctoral studies below);
-have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your institution, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution for its definition of a first-class average; and
-not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

Timelines

July – November 2015: Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit application package.
Internal Deadline: Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.
November 4, 2015 (20:00 ET): Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
November 2015 – March 2016: Review and evaluation of nominations.
March 31, 2016: Results released.
May 1, 2016, September 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017: Payments begin.

*** You can find more information: http://www.vanier.gc.ca/en/nomination_processprocessus_de_mise_en_candidature_overview.html