Review process

All nominations to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program will undergo an evaluation by an agency-specific selection committee.

Nominations will be reviewed against the three equally weighted selection criteria, and ranked.

The ranked list of all nominations will be submitted to the Tri-Agency Programs (TAPs) steering committee for their approval.

The TAPs steering committee, made up of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies, and the deputy ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada, will approve the final slate of up to 167 Vanier Scholars annually.

Selection criteria

  1. Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions.
  2. Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidate's research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, and any anticipated outcomes.
  3. Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as demonstrated by the candidate’s personal statement, leadership reference letters, referee assessment and CCV, could be defined by the following qualities:
    • Personal Achievement:
    • Involvement in Academic Life:
    • Volunteerism/community outreach:
    • Civic engagement:
    • Other

This list is not intended to include all possible categories and is provided for guidance only.

Review process

Vanier Scholars are awarded after a competitive review process.

Institution review

Students must be nominated by an eligible Canadian institution. The scholarship liaison officer at each eligible Canadian institution is responsible for coordinating their internal institution review to determine the selected candidates and forwarding those nominations to the Vanier CGS program in accordance with their institutions quota.

Selection committees

Once submitted to the Vanier CGS program, each nomination is evaluated by an agency-specific selection committee. Each selection committee recommends up to 56 candidates (for a combined total among the three federal granting agencies of up to 167 candidates) to the TAPs steering committee based on the candidate's academic excellence, research potential and leadership (potential and demonstrated ability).

The following members served on the 2016-2017 Vanier CGS agency-specific selection committees:

Tri-Agency Programs steering committee

The TAPs steering committee, which is comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada make the final decisions on funding. Each year, the TAPs steering committee approves up to 167 Vanier Scholars for funding based on the recommendations of the agency-specific selection committees. The TAPs steering committee also oversees the program's process, policies and results to ensure that the program achieves its objectives.


November Nomination deadline – nominations are received.
Nominations are reviewed for eligibility and assigned to reviewers.
December Evaluation of nominations by reviewers.
January Selection committees meet to discuss nominations and finalize their recommendations.
March The TAPs steering committee approves the ranked list of applications recommended by the selection committees.
The Vanier CGS candidates are notified of their result in the competition.
May to January Tenure of the Vanier CGS may begin.

Notification of decision

Following approval by the TAPs steering committee, the Vanier-Banting Secretariat will notify candidates via email of the results of their nomination by posting a decision letter to their ResearchNet account.

The names of the Vanier Scholars and other basic award information will be published on the Vanier CGS program website.

For more information on the posting of and access to information, please refer to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

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