The University of British Columbia is currently accepting applications for the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. These scholarships are specifically designed to attract and retain exceptional doctoral students from around the world who possess outstanding scholarly achievements and display strong leadership abilities.
If you are a highly qualified candidate looking to pursue your doctoral studies and have a proven track record of academic excellence and leadership potential, this is an excellent opportunity to further your education and make a significant impact in your chosen field. Don’t miss out on the chance to become a part of this prestigious scholarship program at the University of British Columbia.
- Scholarship Sponsor(s): Government of Canada
- Scholarship Type: Full Funding
- Host Institution(s): The University of British Columbia
- Scholarship Worth: $50,000 Annually
- Number of Awards: Several
- Study Level: Postgraduate
- Nationality: All Nationalities
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships offer financial support for graduate studies in various fields, including the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related disciplines. Successful applicants will receive a generous funding package of $50,000 per year, renewable for up to three years, allowing them to fully concentrate on their research and academic pursuits.
To be eligible for the Vanier Scholarship at the University of British Columbia, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Nomination by one Canadian institution with a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) quota.
- Pursuing their first doctoral degree, which includes joint programs like MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, or JD/PhD (with a significant research component).
- Planning to pursue full-time doctoral studies and research at the nominating institution in the summer semester or academic year following the scholarship announcement.
- Completed no more than 20 months of full-time study in the doctoral program as of May 1, 2024, starting from the doctoral enrollment date.
- For joint graduate research programs (e.g., MD/PhD, MA/PhD, DVM/PhD), the total completed months of study should not exceed 32 months by May 1, 2024. This includes both the doctoral and Master’s portions of the program, if applicable.
- If directly enrolling from a Bachelor’s to a PhD program (without a Master’s program), the months of study are calculated from the doctoral enrollment date.
- If previously enrolled in a Master’s program without obtaining the degree, the months of study are calculated from the original Master’s enrollment date.
- Achieved a first-class average in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. The definition of a first-class average may vary by institution, and candidates are advised to inquire with their respective institutions for clarification.
- Must not have received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral program.
How to Apply:
Application Procedure: To apply for the Vanier CGS, follow the step-by-step instructions provided on the Vanier CGS website. Ensure that you complete the following tasks by the specified deadline:
- Inform your chosen UBC graduate program of your intention to apply for the Vanier CGS. It is crucial that your program is aware of your application as they will need to support (nominate) your application for it to advance to the university-wide stage of the award competition.
- Submit official and up-to-date transcripts for all your post-secondary studies, including courses that did not result in a degree (e.g., exchange or transfer course grades), up to August 31, 2023, to your UBC graduate program.
- Request four letters of support from referees: a. Two referees should submit their letters electronically through Research Net, assessing your academic excellence, research potential, and demonstrated or potential leadership abilities. b. The other two referees should provide leadership reference letters in PDF format. You will then upload these letters to your electronic application file. c. Referees are encouraged to incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) considerations in their reference letters by reviewing Vanier’s EDI resources.
- Create a “Vanier-Banting Academic” CV.
- Prepare the other required documents according to Vanier’s guidelines, including: a. Research Contributions b. Personal Leadership Statement c. Special Circumstances (if applicable) d. Research Proposal e. Project References f. Voluntary Self-Identification Form for Indigenous Applicants (optional)
- Ensure that you follow the presentation standards and page limits specified by Vanier for the required documents.
- Submit your completed Vanier CGS application via Research Net before the application deadline.