Information for referees
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program provides funding to world-class doctoral nominees, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. For more information about the program, please refer to the About Us section of our website.
The objective of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program is to:
- attract and retain top-tier doctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
- develop their leadership potential
- position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow
Nomination for this scholarship includes the assessment from two (2) academic referees. Please refer to the application/nomination instruction for more details.
Vanier CGS nominations are reviewed by one of three multidisciplinary selection committees based on broad discipline areas: Health, Natural Sciences and/or Engineering, or Social Sciences and/or Humanities.
Selection Committee members consider referee assessments as part of their overall review and to corroborate their evaluation of the application. The assessments therefore, play a critical role in the review process. There are three parts to this assessment:
Because the selection committees are multidisciplinary in nature, providing examples/evidence to support the assessment in comparison to the norms particular to the research area(s) is very useful. The following are some examples of useful information:
- Detailing where knowledge gaps exist in the discipline related to the proposal
- Avenues for research dissemination – norms for the discipline
- Authorship norms on publications for the discipline
- Impact of applicant’s past contribution, (ie prestige of publication venue)
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide referees with the information that they need in order to complete their assessments.
Limiting Unconscious Bias
Biases may manifest themselves in several ways and could be based on a school of thought, fundamental versus applied or translational research, areas of research or approaches (including emerging ones), size or reputation of a participating institution, age, language, personal factors or gender of the applicant.
Referees are cautioned against any judgment of an application based on such factors, and asked to constantly guard against the possibility of implicit bias influencing their assessment or the review of the application by the selection committee.
The Tri-agencies are actively engaged in increasing gender equity in their review processes.
Please refer to these tips to reinforce standards of fairness, respect and equity.
Request for an assessment
Referees will receive a request via e-mail from ResearchNet (an application platform used by the Vanier CGS program) with instructions on how to link to the assessment form.
Deadline for the assessment
The referee assessment should be submitted via ResearchNet no later than the deadline date displayed in yellow on the online referee assessment page. This deadline is set to 2 days prior to the nominating institution's deadline and allows sufficient time for the applicant to submit the application. The system, however, will remain open for you to submit until the Research Institution Deadline Date shown on the referee assessment page. This date may change due to the nominating institution deadlines or if either the applicant or the referee is granted an extension.
If the referee assessment is not submitted in time, the applicant will not be able to submit their application.
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