The Vanier Scholarship process is currently being overseen by Faculty Associate Deans (Graduate) and SGPS (Paula). All questions should be directed there. For information on the National Vanier Competition please visit the website.
January 1: search for potential candidates begins
September 30: Western application submission deadline in ResearchNet
October 5 - 19: Western subcommittees review applications
October 20: University Vanier Committee convenes to review and select applications according to agency quotas
November 1: Deadlinefor universities to submit nominated applications to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat
March 31: Results released by the Secretariat to universities under a public announcement ban
Important Note: A Vanier nomination does not automatically provide entry into the SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR doctoral competitions. A Vanier candidate must apply separately to the same agency's doctoral awards competition, if they are eligible to do so.
Academic Eligibility: At Western, an eligible applicant must have achieved a minimum of 80% in each of the last two completed years of full-time study, or equivalent to full-time study. Eligibility averages for competitive scholarship are rounded ONLY to the nearest decimal place. The eligibility averages are based on grades on the transcript(s) up to August 31st of the year of application.
Online Application *Note: The Research Institution Deadline will only appear once the applicant selects the 'Canadian University Proposed for Doctoral Study' using the search option in the 'Project Details' subtask on the 'Enter Proposal Information' task.
Referee Assessments (4 assessments are required from 2 academic referees and from 2 leadership referees)
Important Reminders when Requesting Assessments:
Academic referees complete their assessments online. Leadership referees each complete their assessments in a letter on their official letterhead, ink-signed, converted to PDF and relayed to the candidate who attaches each letter to their application.
Candidates must not complete the 'Identify Academic Referees' task before completing the 'Enter Proposal Information' task. See *Note above.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with all of their referees in a timely manner to ensure they are aware of the Research Institution Deadline for candidates and the earlier Academic Referee Assessment completion deadline.
Academic Referees face an automatic 48-hour earlier deadline than the candidate's deadline.
Candidates will not be able to submit their applications until the Academic Referee Assessment tasks are complete and all required documents have been attached.
The agency indicates that the release of funding decisions will take place on March 31st. Nominated applicants are notified individually of their results via ResearchNet. Shortly after, each university receives its own results via the Tri-Agency Secure Site. SGPS updates each nominated candidate’s status in Student Center which prompts individual notifications to be sent to them.
The Vanier-Banting Program, similar to the other Tri-Agency scholarship programs, implements a ban on any form of public announcement until the federal government makes the annual public funding announcement. A press release normally takes place in the late summer/early fall.
Access to Results
Graduate Chairs and Deans
Access GradNet using Western personal computer account information
Under the Launch Menu, select External Scholarships
For Vanier, select the agency-specific competition (CIHRV, NSERCV or SSHRCV), the Aid Year (2018 for results that will be released in April 2017), and the status (Awarded, Not Awarded or Waitlisted)
Select ‘Self Service’ from the main menu, then 'Campus Finances'
Select ‘My External Scholarships’ and follow the activation steps for the Vanier CGS
Choose the start date that matches the date stipulated by the agency in the offer
Method of Payment
At Western University the annual value of an award is divided into three equal installments and each is pre-paid to the award holder’s Student Center account at the start of every term (September, January and May).
Terms and Conditions
The Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have harmonized their post-award policies, where possible, for research training programs and have incorporated these policies into a harmonized Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide. These policies became effective September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website. The Guide applies to Tri-Agency research training awards such as Vanier CGS, NSERC PGSD/CGSD, SSHRC DF/CGSD, CIHR CGSD and all CGSM. It contains all the forms that training award holders and the University need to facilitate post-award activities allowed by the Tri-Agencies.