Vanier Scholarship


Applicant deadline - 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 12 September 2016; Graduate Program deadline: 4:00pm on Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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 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 evaluation 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 (Vancouver time) on Monday, 12 September 2016.

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 2016.
    • 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 2016W1 term, the UBC transcript (or SISC Academic History) must list the student’s 2016W1 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. request letters of support from three 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
    • the Leadership Reference Letter is provided to the applicant, who uploads the letter to his or her electronic application file
    • applicants should provide potential referees with the Vanier selection criteria guidelines
  4. submit a completed Vanier application via ResearchNet

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, the institution must include a standard table or record that outlines the institution's understanding of the foreign transcript. - For each foreign transcript, please include a printout of the grading system and first-class requirement from the G+PS International Evaluation Manual (in addition to the foreign institution's transcript key/legend). Graduate programs should develop their own policies regarding transcript submission for applicants.

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 transcripts (both sides scanned, arranged in order from most recent to oldest, and IEM grading system) for each nominated application. Format:  PDF file, with a separate file for each nominee

Please follow our file naming conventions:

  1. 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)
  2. 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 (e.g., nomination letter template and samples, detailed procedures, quotas, etc.) are available via the Faculty/Staff site at (CWL login 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, 27 September 2016. Both the nomination letters and transcript files are to be submitted by programs using the UBC Workspace folder set up by G+PS. For further information about using Workspace, please see our Workspace instructions document.


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 2 November 2016.

Results of the national competition are to be released to applicants by 30 March 2017. For details about the adjudication process at the national competition level, please see the Vanier Scholarship website.

Profiles of Award Holders

Jens Vent-Schmidt

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Developing a new cell-based therapy to treat inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)

Parker Jobin

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Moonlighting Proteins as Targets of Matrix Metalloproteinases

Jake Lever

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD)
Personalised Treatment of Glioblastoma

Sheila Giffen

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Community Mobilization and the Biopolitics of Race in AIDS Writing and Activism

Sébastien Rettie

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

Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)
The articulation of senses of responsibility in the confessional narratives by former members of paramilitary groups in Colombia

AJung Moon

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Human Robot Interaction and Roboethics

Lyana Patrick

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Dis/connection in 21st Century Canada: Therapeutic Planning through an Indigenous Lens

Eric Bowes

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Rational Catalyst Design: Towards Methane Functionalization

Further Information

For detailed eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and links to application materials, please see the Vanier Scholarship website.