Vanier Scholarship


Applicant deadline - 11:59pm (PDT - Vancouver time) on Thursday, 7 September 2017; Graduate Program deadline: 4:00pm on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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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 Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.



  • To be considered for a Vanier Scholarship, a student must be nominated by a Canadian university. Vanier Scholarships 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 a Canadian university when they take up the Vanier Scholarship
  • Canadian citizens, landed immigrants (permanent residents), and international students are all eligible for Vanier Scholarships
  • 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 Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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, 7 September 2017.

Applicants should refer to the Vanier Scholarship 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 Scholarship.
  2. provide transcripts for all post-secondary studies up to 31 August 2017.
    • 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 2017W1 term, the UBC transcript (or SISC Academic History) must list the student’s 2017W1 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 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 application, the graduate program must receive the original, official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution
    • the graduate program may use the scanned copy of official transcripts - validated and uploaded by G+PS for admitted students - available via the online admission system (SITS eVision)
      • note: unofficial transcripts uploaded by prospective students are not acceptable
    • questions about transcript requirements should be directed to the graduate program
  3. NEW - 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 application via ResearchNet
Important changes:
  • Additional leadership reference letter - The application package now requires two letters of reference for the leadership criterion. The additional letter will allow the candidate to include a broader spectrum of referees, which will in turn provide the committee more information when assessing the leadership criterion. The leadership letters are to be uploaded by the students in the same fashion as in the past via ResearchNet. However, they will have to, upload one letter at a time under the same task. The letters are a maximum of two pages each. See instructions provided to applicants here.
  • Personal leadership statement (maximum 2 pages) - for applicants to include information about interruptions to their academic career, choice of nominating institution, and mobility. The goal of this change is to eliminate systemic barriers to applying for the Vanier CGS, encourage the committee to understand career interruptions as potentially beneficial to a nominee’s career path, and better align the Vanier CGS with other prestigious international scholarships. See instructions provided to applicants here.
  • Special circumstances (maximum 1 page) - only to be used to outline the calculation of the number of months completed for combined undergraduate and doctoral program. See instructions provided to applicants here.

Please see the Vanier Scholarship website for detailed application/nomination instructions.

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. NEW - For students including foreign transcripts, please visit World Education Services and include the grading scale for the country from which the international transcript comes from. 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
    1. signed by the Department Head or Program Director
    2. 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, and WES grading scale for each nominated application. Format:  PDF file, 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 are available on the G+PS Faculty and Staff secure site (CWL authentication required):

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, 26 September 2017. 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 Scholarship competition. The deadline for universities to submit their nominations to the national competition is 1 November 2017.

Results of the national competition are to be released to applicants by the end of March 2018. For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the selection committee guide on the Vanier Scholarship website.

Profiles of Award Holders

Vishala Parmasad

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Improving the management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus through a focus on its sociocultural dimensions.

Juliane Collard

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The global and the intimate in assisted reproduction

Beth Clark

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD)
Trans Youth Hormone Therapy Decision Making Study

Graham McDowell

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Socio-Ecological Adaptation to Hydrological Change in High Mountains

W. Justin Ritchie

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Biophysical Implications of Financial Decisions

Natalie Marshall

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Examining the effects of secreted bacterial proteins on human cellular processes, including proteolysis, and their contribution to virulence

Dennis Louie

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Walking recovery after stroke using a robotic exoskeleton

Sébastien Rettie

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Searching for High Mass Resonances at the Large Hadron Collider

Further Information

Official Vanier CGS website: