Canada:Graduate and Post Graduate Scholarships for Canadian and International Students.

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Overview:
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.

Scholarship Provider: Government of Canada.

Scholarship can be taken at: Canada.

Deadline: Application deadline is November 6, 2013 (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Course Level: PhD level at Canadian universities.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are provided to study any one the course offered by the Canadian universities.

Eligibility:
To be considered for a Vanier CGS, you must:

  • be nominated by only one Canadian university, which must have received a Vanier CGS allocation;
  • be seeking financial support to pursue your first doctoral degree (or combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD). Note that only the PhD 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 combined MA/PhD or MD/PhD) studies and research at the nominating university; Note that only the PhD portion of a combined degree is eligible for funding;
  • have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2014
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by your university, in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent. Candidates are encouraged to contact the university for its definition of a first-class average; and
  • not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.

 Selection criteria:
Candidates are evaluated and selected based on the following three criteria, which are weighted equally by the agency-specific selection committees.

  • Academic excellence, as demonstrated by past academic results and by transcripts, awards and distinctions.
  • Research potential, as demonstrated by the candidates research history, his/her interest in discovery, the proposed research and its potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field, the potential benefit to Canadians, and any anticipated outcomes.
  • Leadership (potential and demonstrated ability), as defined by the following qualities:
    • Personal achievement:
      • professional involvement in dance, arts, music, etc.;
      • significant artistic achievement;
      • recognized athletic achievement, especially in a leadership role;
      • entrepreneurial achievement (startup company); and/or
      • foreign travel and study.
    • Involvement in academic life:
      • mentoring/teaching;
      • supervisory experience;
      • involvement in student government and in the university community, including committees, teams, senate, boards, ethics committees, etc.;
      • project management;
      • roles in professional societies; and/or
      • organization of conferences and meetings.
    • Volunteerism/community outreach:
      • community involvement in charity or not-for-profit organizations.
    • Civic engagement:
      • parliamentary page positions and internships;
      • political activity; and/or
      • elected positions.
    • Other

Notification: Successful candidates are notified of the competition results in April 2014.

How to Apply: Applications are prepared by the student and submitted to the university by the nominating university’s internal deadline (set in ResearchNet by the nominating university) using the ResearchNet application system.

Note: Each Canadian university has an internal deadline date for students to submit their applications. The Canadian university should be contacted for this information.

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