Vanier, NSERC and OGS Scholarships for 2019-2020


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

To be considered for a Vanier CGS, applicants must:

  • be pursuing their first doctoral degree (or the PhD portion of a joint program including MD/PhD, JD/PhD) full-time at the nominating university in the academic year immediately following the of release of results in March;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2020 (see calculating months of doctoral studies);
  • have achieved a first-class average (A-), in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent;
  • have not already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD); and
  • be nominated by only one Canadian university, which has received a Vanier CGS allocation.

NEW: Applicants may apply to both the Vanier CGS program and another doctoral-level scholarship/fellowship program (e.g. PGS D) under the same or different federal granting agency in the same academic year, provided that the research proposed in each application falls within the mandate of the federal granting agency to which the application is submitted.​  Please refer to additional information found on the SGS website.

Applicants should refer to the Vanier website for step by step application/nomination instructions. The ResearchNet application will only be accessible to applicants until the published Institution Internal Deadline, at which time it will go offline.

Applicants must complete the entire application process by their unit’s student submission deadline of September 18, 2019 to be eligible for consideration, this includes:

  • contacting their proposed graduate unit regarding their specific student submission deadline and requirements;
  • submitting a completed Vanier CGS application via ResearchNet; and all original official transcripts to the graduate unit. (Reminder: Institutions will be required to include an evaluation/summary of all foreign transcripts. In order to assist with this task, foreign transcripts submitted by the applicant should be accompanied by a grade legend.)

Please note the following reminders:

  • ​Students are strongly encouraged to complete the “Identify Referee” task on ResearchNet well in advance as referee assessments must be completed and submitted by the referee before the student can complete the submission process.
  • Applicants are required to upload two leadership reference letters as separate PDF attachments under the same task (the ability to upload the second letter will appear after the first one has been uploaded). In addition, two confidential academic assessments will be requested and submitted through ResearchNet. Note: Vanier recommends that each of these come from four individuals but letters from the same sources will not be declared ineligible.
  • All information about interruptions to a student’s academic career, choice of nominating institution, and mobility must be included either in the Personal Leadership Statement or the Research Proposal. The “special circumstances” attachment is to be solely used for calculating the number of months completed in PhD studies by the Vanier Secretariat and is no longer be forwarded to the selection committee.
  • The students’ proposed research project and doctoral program of study must be eligible within the mandate of the agency to which the nomination will be submitted. If there is any doubt (especially for those applying to SSHRC or NSERC whose subject matter touches upon health in any capacity), students are urged to email the granting agency directly with a one page summary of their research to seek written confirmation in advance of submitting their application. Complete guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency are available at ​

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal (NSERC) and provincial (OGS) scholarships; OGS also accepts applications from visa students with outstanding academic records.

2019-20 NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS-M)

Online application deadline (date by which the complete application must be submitted by the applicant): December 1, 2019

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation.

Applicants must complete and submit the online application using the Research Portal.

Complete application, including official academic transcripts, Canadian Common CV, two reference assessments, must be submitted to the research portal before 8:00 p.m. (ET), December 1, 2019.
Applicants should refer to the CGS M website for details of eligibility requirement and application procedures.

2019-20 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Online submission (MIE) deadline for International students: February 3, 2020

Online submission (MIE) deadline for Domestic students: April 20, 2020

Applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. Foreign students who are studying or plan to study at the University of Toronto under a temporary resident visa (student study permit) are eligible for a set number of OGS awards.
  • be registered or intend to register in an eligible program on a full time basis. An eligible program is defined as a full-time program of study of two or three terms at the University of Toronto leading to a graduate degree.

OGS awards are not transferrable from one graduate unit to another. Therefore prospective students must submit an OGS application to each graduate unit to which they are applying for admission.

Please visit the SGS website for full details, eligibility criteria and application process.

2019-20 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)

Applicants must:

  • be either a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident who plans to enrol full-time in research master or doctoral program in science and technology at the University of Toronto

In order to be considered for QEII-GSST in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, applicants must submit an OGS application. Deadline: April 20, 2020

2019-20 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGS-D/CGS-D)

Online submission deadline: September 25, 2019

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program within the natural sciences or engineering. This support allows these students to fully concentrate on their studies and to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields.

Value/Duration: PGS D – $21,000 per year for 2 or 3 years; CGS D – $35,000 per year for 2 or 3 years

Level of Study: Doctoral

Required Legal Status: Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)

1) print and provide a paper copy of their complete application including all original transcripts to the MIE Graduate Office (MC 108)


2) electronically submit the online application via

Referees must submit “Report on the Applicants” on-line by September 25

Please enter “Celeste Francis Esteves” as the MIE Designate Person to upload transcript for your on-line application.

Complete application must be submitted on-line by September 25, 2019.