Vanier CGS Competition

For more information about the Vanier CGS Competition please visit Vanier information for applicants.

Value and Duration $50 000.00 per year for up to 3 years

Deadlines

  • 14 July submit name and contact information of proposed nominees (if known) using the Prospective Nominee Form
  • 18 September 2024 all recommended and non-recommended applicants are to be submitted on Fellowships Awards Database (FAD).
  • 18 September 2024 all required documents for recommended applications are to be submitted to GPS Graduate Funding electronically at gradcomp.gps [at] mcgill.ca.  (NO Hard Copies required)

**Please note that incomplete, incorrect, and late applications are unacceptable and will not be forwarded to committee.

Academic Unit Quotas

Academic unit quotas are determined by doctoral enrolment numbers:

Total doctoral enrolment Quota
Less than 20 1
21-50 2
51 to 149 3
150 student and over 4

Note: Additional applications from truly exceptional students may be permitted with justification and approval from the Dean of GPS.

CIHR is the only discipline that may add an extra 2 (two) to their quota.

Eligibility and Evaluation

Eligibility requirements as well as application/nomination instructions may be found at Vanier CGS.

NOTE: Subject matter eligibility (research area) - The onus is on the applicant and their supervisor to carefully consider which AGENCY and then which selection committee should review the application. For more details, please consult the Application/nomination
Instruction – Task 6: Identify area of research
 and Guidelines for selecting appropriate Agency 

Required Documents (to be submitted by unit)

REMINDER- IMPORTANT information regarding TRANSCRIPTS

The Academic Unit must submit the following documents to GPS for applications being nominated to the Vanier CGS program:

  1. Official transcript
  2. Summary of international transcripts 

All post-secondary transcripts must be attached to each nomination package. If these transcripts include credits earned at a college or CEGEP (college of general and professional education) that have been transferred to a university degree for credit, include the college or CEGEP transcript only if the grade earned does not appear on the university transcript. One copy of the legend (reverse of each transcript) must be included; Transcript text must be horizontal and uploaded in order from least recent to most recent.

Note 1: Certified true copies of official transcripts from the university are accepted. A certified true copy is defined as a copy of the original document (or of the original translated document if official transcript is not in either English or French). The Vanier Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) will accept copies of official transcripts if the nominating institution certifies them as true copies.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted from nominating institutions only for programs completed or in progress at the institution nominating the student, and only where the institution will be able to provide an official copy of the transcript upon request. Note that all transcripts must be easily legible for the selection committee and must include the institution’s name and/or logo. Otherwise, the Secretariat will only accept official transcripts from your nominating institution.

Note 2: Academic Units nominating students who include foreign transcripts, must attach a 250-word summary in a PDF document to the beginning of the transcripts, describing any variations in the grading system between the foreign institutions and the Canadian-level equivalents, and/or explaining international credentials and equivalencies.  

  • If you do not have an institutional-equivalent grading scale, please use the grading scale available at World Education Services for the country from which the international transcript comes. [ There is no need to submit a summary if you are providing a grading scale of WES service.]
  • If the international transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), include a certified translation, separated from the original transcripts by a blank page.
  • When presenting a nomination package, keep in mind that the overarching goal is to render complicated transcripts easy to read for the committee. In your explanations, be brief and concise.
  • Because committee members review nominations electronically, the Secretariat recommends ensuring that all nominations are aligned such that they do not have to be rotated to be read whenever possible.
Presentation Standards for Attached Documents

All attachments to applications must be prepared according to the standards provided.  Applications submitted that are not prepared according to the instructions provided may be deemed ineligible.
When submitting supporting documents written in a language other than English or French, applicants are required to submit a certified translation of these documents.

Formatting Instructions to Prepare Documents

All attachments to applications must be prepared according to the standards provided. Applications submitted that are not prepared according to the instructions provided may be deemed ineligible.

When submitting supporting documents written in a language other than English or French, applicants are required to submit a certified translation of these documents.

  • Pages must be 8 ½" x 11" (216 mm x 279 mm).
  • Insert a minimum margin of 2 cm (3/4 inch) around the page (top, bottom and sides).
  • Use a minimum font size of 12-point black type. Maximum of six lines per inch. Do not use condensed/narrow font sizes, type density, or line spacing. Smaller text in tables, charts, figures, and graphs is acceptable as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%.
  • Photo-reduce the supporting documents if the originals are larger than 21.25 x 27.5 cm / 8.5" x 11".
  • Any images, diagrams, technical drawings, or any other image must be contained within allowable page limits.
  • Attachments must be uploaded in PDF format (unprotected).
  • The size of the attached document(s) cannot exceed 30 MB per document.
  • For documents prepared by the applicant: At the top of each page, indicate your name and the title of the document as it appears in the instructions.
  • For documents prepared by the institution: These must all be on institutional letterhead.
  • For multi-page attachments, number the pages sequentially.
  • For more information about converting documents to PDF, please refer to Help with Accessibility page.

This can be found under Task 14. Presentation standards for attached documents

Note: Student must submit the application in ResearchNet by deadline on the Graduate Funding student page . Units are free to set earlier deadlines to allow for internal review.

Tools & Resources

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