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[attach=1] The Vanier CGS program aims 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.

About the Vanier Scholarships:
•   Valued at $  50,000 a year for three years, the Vanier is one of Canada’s most prestigious graduate awards.
•   The  Vanier Scholarships support doctoral studies in the social sciences and  humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related  fields.
•   Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply.

The Vaniers are administered by Canada’s three federal funding agencies:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Eligibility criteria are based on the 2011 Vanier CGS competition and will be updated once the details about the 2012 competition become available.

To be considered for a Vanier CGS at the University of Alberta, you must:

  • intend  to pursue a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) full-time at  the University of Alberta in the May 2012 semester or the 2012/13  academic year.
  • have  completed between zero and 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1,  2012 (ie. may not have begun the doctoral program earlier than Sept 1,  2010).
  • have  achieved a first-class average (equivalent to 3.5 or greater at the  University of Alberta) in each of the last two years of full-time study  or equivalent.
  • be seeking financial support to pursue a first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD).
  • be  invited to apply by the University of Alberta; applicants may only be  nominated to the national competition by one Canadian university.
  • not  have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from  SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

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Important Dates (Tentative)

  • August 10, 2011 (tentative)

    Deadline for departments to indicate support for eligible candidates whom they  wish to invite to complete the full online 2012 Vanier CGS application  form.
  • September 9, 2011 (tentative)

    Deadline for online submission of applications via ResearchNet and for receipt  of official transcripts (including current U of A transcripts), and  other supporting documents in FGSR AND deadline for receipt of department draft institutional nomination letter via e-mail.
  • September 12-29, 2011 (tentative)

    U  of A Vanier CGS committee reviews submitted applications and finalizes  list of applicants to be recommended to the national Vanier CGS  committee
  • Late October 2011 (tentative)

    University deadline for submitting nominations to granting agencies
  • April 2012

    Communication of results to applicants

See below for the detailed timeline.

*  All dates are tentative. When the Tri-Agency releases details about the 2012 Vanier CGS competition, an updated timeline will be posted.
How to Apply – For Students

  • Students must contact the U of A department and express interest in the Vanier scholarship as soon as possible.
  • The  department and the U of A Vanier CGS Committee will perform a  preliminary assessment of qualified applicants; based on these  preliminary assessments, eligible candidates will then be invited to  complete the tri-agency’s full online Vanier CGS application and submit  supporting documents. Only invited applicants are required to complete the online application.
  • The U of A Vanier CGS Committee will adjudicate, select and forward  nominees to the national Vanier CGS competition by the national  deadline.
  • Nominations will be considered at the national Vanier CGS adjudication with results  for the 2012 competition expected in April 2012.

Source: Vanier Scholarship - U of A information about the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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