Jul 13, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The Vanier Graduate Scholarship program helps Canadian schools attract the best and brightest doctoral students. 

Recipients are eligible for up to $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies

What is the Vanier scholarship? In 2008, the Canadian government started the scholarship to establish Canada as a “global center of excellence in research and higher learning.” 

Applicants must focus their study on social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, or health.

Up to 167 scholarships are awarded annually and a total of 500 scholarships are active at any time.

How do you apply?  You need to meet the scholarship’s selection criteria of academic excellence, research potential, and leadership, as outlined on the scholarship’s website.

When should you apply?  Applications are due by November 1, but your process needs to start right now.  Begin research nominating institutions now, and plan on contacting them by the end of the summer. 

Take a look at the winners in 2017.

If you are a graduate student looking to further your studies and have any interest in the Vanier Scholarship, check out the web page for specific instructions on the application process.

Learn more about studying in Canada.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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