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Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2022-2023

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:

Grant

Opportunity Type:

  • Grant

Value:

The maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year for up to five (5) years, for a total of $2,000,000 per grant.

Disciplines:

  • Health Sciences

Sponsors:

Deadlines:

Internal Deadline:

October 18, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

November 1, 2022

Description:

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 humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Eligibility:

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 (including joint program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component).
  • intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate research program such as MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution.
  • have completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in your doctoral program as of May 1, 2023.
    • The doctoral program would begin after the completion of a master’s degree. The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
  • have completed no more than 32 months of full-time study in your doctoral program (i.e., joint graduate research program, accelerated, previously enrolled without obtaining master’s degree), by May 1, 2023, if:
    • enrolled in a joint graduate research program, e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD. Applicants in this category have access to the 32-month window whether they were previously enrolled in a master’s program:
      • The months of study are calculated starting from the date on which an applicant is officially registered in the joint program (including the master’s portion of the program).
    • enrolled directly from a bachelor’s to a PhD (not previously enrolled in a master’s program);
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the doctoral enrolment date.
    • Previously enrolled in a master’s program without obtaining the degree.
      • The months of study completed are calculated from the original master’s enrolment date.
  • 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
  • must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.

Please note that only the PhD portion of a joint program is eligible for funding.

Application/Nomination Process:

A complete nomination consists of:

  • Application details (form)
  • Canadian common CV (CCV)
  • Nomination letter – maximum two pages (signed by the relevant department head of the nominating institution)
  • Institution transcripts (scanned and attached by the institution’s administrative staff)
  • Personal Leadership Statement – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (self-evaluation written by the student)
  • Two Leadership reference Letters – maximum two pages each (written by someone who knows the candidate in a nonacademic capacity – this letter is attached to the nomination by the candidate)
  • Research proposal – maximum two pages in English applications; maximum of 2.5 pages for French applications (written by the student)
  • Project references – maximum five pages (written by the student)
  • Research contributions – maximum one page (written by the student)
  • Special circumstances (optional) – maximum one 0.5 page (written by the student)
  • Two referee assessments – three sections each

Resources:

Additional Details

Contact:

If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.