Vanier Scholarship


Applicant deadline: likely early September

Annual Value



Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed 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 humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.



  • To be considered for a Vanier CGS, a student must be nominated by only one Canadian university. Vanier CGS must be held by the student at the university that nominated them. The scholarships are not transferable: they may not be taken to another university
  • Applicants do not have to be registered as doctoral students at the time of application, but must be registered as doctoral students at the nominating Canadian university when they take up the Vanier CGS
  • Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), and international students are all eligible for Vanier CGS
  • Students who have held or are currently holding Tri-Agency scholarship funding for their doctoral program are not eligible to apply

Please see the Vanier CGS website for complete eligibility criteria.

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, which will be weighted equally by the selection committees:

  • academic excellence
  • research potential
  • leadership

Please see the Vanier CGS website for complete selection criteria.

Application Procedures

Current and prospective students will complete their Vanier application using ResearchNet, an online application system. Applicants to UBC must submit their complete application package via ResearchNet by 11:59pm (PDT - Vancouver time) on Thursday, 6 September 2018.

Applicants should refer to the Vanier CGS website for step-by-step application instructions.

To apply, applicants must do the following by the deadline noted above:

  1. notify the chosen graduate program that they intend to apply for the Vanier CGS
  2. provide transcripts for all post-secondary studies (including studies that did not lead to a degree, e.g., exchange / transfer course grades) up to 31 August 2018
    • the SISC Academic History can be submitted instead of an official UBC transcript; for all other universities, only official transcripts will be accepted
    • for applicants registered at UBC in the 2018W1 (Fall 2018) term, the UBC transcript (or SISC Academic History) must list the student’s 2018W1 (Fall 2018) registration
    • the graduate program may have some of the applicant's transcripts on file already; if so, the applicant must confirm with the graduate program which transcripts the program has and will provide to support the Vanier CGS application, and which transcripts the applicant must still provide to the graduate program
      • if the applicant needs to provide any transcripts in support of their Vanier CGS application, the graduate program must receive the original, official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution
    • the graduate program may provide certified true copies of official transcripts and certified translation for transcripts that are not in English or French
    • the graduate program may use scanned copies of official transcripts that are validated and uploaded by G+PS on SITS e:Vision (i.e., transcripts must be stamped with "G+PS Official")
    • for students including foreign transcripts, if the transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), a certified translation must be provided, in addition to the official transcripts in its original language.
    • questions about transcript requirements should be directed to the graduate program
  3. request letters of support from four referees:
    • two letters from referees assessing the applicant's academic excellence, research potential and demonstrated and potential leadership ability are submitted electronically through ResearchNet by the referee
    • two leadership reference letters; two PDFs are provided to the applicant, who uploads the letters to his or her electronic application file
  4. submit a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet

Please see the Vanier CGS website for detailed application/nomination instructions and program news and resources.

Nomination Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will provide electronic copies of applications submitted by their current and prospective students to UBC graduate programs shortly after the applicant deadline. Graduate programs are to review their applications for eligibility and completeness.

Transcripts for applicants should be collected by graduate programs. Transcript requirements are described under "Application Procedures" above. Please make sure that transcripts are legible and that transcript key/legend is included. If the international transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), please include a certified translation, separated from the original transcripts by a blank page.

A complete nomination package will consist of the following:

  1. Cover memo listing nominated applications in rank order (only required from graduate programs submitting more than one nominee)
  2. Nomination letter for each nominee
    • signed by the Department Head or Program Director
    • if submitting more than one nominee, do not include internal graduate program ranking in the nomination letter
  3. A complete set of post-secondary transcripts (both sides scanned, arranged in order from most recent to oldest). Format:  PDF, with a separate file for each nominee

Please follow our file naming conventions:

  1. cover memo - Vanier_PROGRAM_memo (e.g., Vanier_MEDG_memo.pdf)
  2. nomination letter - Vanier_AGENCY_PROGRAM_LastName_FirstName_Nomination.pdf (for example, Jane Xu from Medical Genetics who is applying for CIHR Vanier - Vanier_CIHR_MEDG_Xu_Jane_Nomination.pdf)
  3. transcripts - Vanier_AGENCY_PROGRAM_LastName_FirstName_Transcripts.pdf (for example, Jane Xu from Medical Genetics who is applying for CIHR Vanier - Vanier_CIHR_MEDG_Xu_Jane_Transcripts.pdf)

Additional resources for graduate programs will be posted in July 2018.

Graduate programs are required to review their applicants and submit their nominees to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00pm on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. Both the nomination letters and transcript files are to be submitted by programs using the UBC Workspace folder set up by G+PS.

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee composed of UBC faculty members to review nominations submitted by graduate programs and select UBC's nominees to the national competition. This committee is made up of three subcommittees, one for each of the federal funding agencies.

Canadian universities each have a limit to the number of nominations they may submit to the Vanier CGS competition. The deadline for universities to submit their nominations to the national competition is 31 October 2018.

Results of the national competition are to be released to applicants in early April 2019. For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the selection committee guide on the Vanier CGS website.

Profiles of Award Holders

Kylynda Bauer sitting on a bench

Kylynda Bauer

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Diet and Gut Microbiota-Brain Axis

Ryan Dwyer

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
The Impact of Motivational Interventions to Reduce Homelessness

Frank Lee

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Developing novel “clot-busting” therapies for the treatment of heart attack and stroke

Jennifer Ji

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
The proteomic and metabolomic characterization of clear cell ovarian carcinoma: towards better management strategies

Kaylee Byers

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Rats as a Source of Emerging Zoonoses: Understanding the Interactions between Rats, Pathogens, and the Urban Environment

Federico Andrade-Rivas

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Human health and its connection with nature and ecosystems health

Andrea Jones

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Mental Health and Addictions Research

Marc Tadaki

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The difference that space makes in the implementation of environmental policy

David Twa

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
Genomic Rearrangements in B-cell Lymphomas

Further Information

Official Vanier CGS website: