2016 Canadian Government Scholarships for International Students

Applications are invited for the 2016 Canadian Government Scholarships for International Students. The Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD level studies at Canadian Universities

Scholarship 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/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health

Up to 167 Scholarships are awarded annually for a period of 3 years (non-renewable). A total of up to 500 Scholarships are active at any time. Scholarships are provided to study any one of the courses offered by the Canadian universities. These scholarships can only be taken in Canada


Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS. To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

  • Be nominated by only one Canadian institution, which must have received a Vanier CGS quota
  • Be pursuing your first doctoral degree (including joint undergraduate/graduate research program such as MD/Ph.D., DVM/Ph.D., JD/PhD – if it has a demonstrated and significant research component). Note that only the Ph.D. portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding
  • Intend to pursue, in the summer semester or the academic year following the announcement of results, full-time doctoral (or a joint graduate program such as: MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, JD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating institution; Note that only the Ph.D. portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding
  • Not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2017
  • 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
  • Must not hold, or have held, a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree
  • Note: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there


$50,000 per year

How to apply

Applications can be made through the Online Application

Application timelines and deadline

July – November Applicants seek a nominating institution, prepare and submit the application package.
Internal Deadline to submit application to the nominating institution. Contact nominating institution for specific date.
November 2, 2016 (20:00 ET) Deadline for institutions to submit nominations to the Vanier CGS program.
November 2016 – March 2017 Review and evaluation of nominations.
March 30, 2017 Results released.
May 1, 2017, September 1, 2017 or January 1, 2018 Payments begin.

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2016/2017 Canadian Government Doctoral Research Fellowships for International Students

layout_set_logoApplications are invited for the 2016/2017 Canadian Government Doctoral Research Scholarships for International Students. Each year, the Government of Canada offers Doctoral Research Scholarships in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering fields for International Students

Fellowship description

This fellowship is funded from the Doctoral Research Fellowship Programme for Foreign Students (DE) of the Québec Research Fund – Nature and Technology (FRQNT). It aims to stimulate the interest of foreign students to undertake or pursue doctoral studies in Quebec and financially support the best foreign applicants wishing to carry out a doctorate in natural sciences, mathematical sciences and engineering

The scholarships are aimed at foreign students who had been pre-selected by a Québec university and who wish to carry out their doctoral studies in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering fields. Scholarships are tenable for first nine sessions or 36 months


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for consideration:

  • Must meet all eligibility requirements for the competition closing date, which is 1stNovember,2015
  • Must have been pre-selected by a Québec university no later than23 September 2015
  • Must not have already received a scholarship for foreign students Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MEESR) or Quebec granting agencies
  • Should not be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Must not have applied for permanent residence under the Canadian immigration laws


The maximum annual value of the doctoral research scholarship for international students is $20 000. During the eligibility period (nine sessions or 36 months), the scholarship holder may receive up to nine payments totaling $60 000. Each payment of up to $6 667 covers a period of four months or one session

How to apply

  • Only students who have been pre-selected by a Québec university may apply to the competition
  • University representatives who pre-select applicants must fill out the applicant nomination form, which is available on the extranet site of the FRQNT
  • Pre-selected applicants will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and a password and must then fill out an e-form to which will be attached the required documents
  • These forms must be filled out and submitted electronically by the competition deadline

Applications are evaluated according the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s academic record
  • Applicant’s research skills and relevant research experience
  • Quality and scientific interest of the project and socioeconomic scope of the project, if applicable
  • Social involvement, leadership and communication skills

The board of directors of the FRQNT will announce its decision electronically in late April, advising applicants directly via their e-files. Each applicant will be informed of his/her ranking and may print his/her announcement letter. It is strictly prohibited to contact committee members, who must abide by confidentiality rules. The decisions of the board of directors of the FRQNT are final and without appeal. There is no review process. The applicant must accept or refuse the scholarship in the ten (10) business days following the receipt of the offer by filling out the e-form in his/her scholarship holder’s file. Should an applicant fail to accept the award before the deadline, the Fonds will consider that he/she has refused it

Application deadline

  • The deadline for presentation of proposals by the candidates to a university varies from university to university
  • The deadline for submission of the pre-selected applications by universities is September 23rd 2015
  • The deadline for submitting application to the FRQNT for pre-selected candidates is 1stNovember 2015

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