Memorandum: 2015-2018 Vanier CGS Quota Memo for Institutions

To: Deans and Associate Deans of Graduate Studies, Scholarships Liaison Officers

C.C.: Serge Villemure, Director, Scholarships and Fellowships Programs, NSERC
Jean-François Fortin, Director, Research Training Portfolio, SSHRC

From: Danika Goosney, Executive Director, Vanier Banting Secretariat and Director, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics, CIHR

Date: May 15, 2015

Subject: Institutional Quotas for 2015-16 to 2017-18 Vanier Canada Graduate Studies Scholarships Competitions (Vanier CGS)

The purpose of this note is to inform institutions of the Vanier CGS quotas established for the next three years and to provide an update on the new yearly distribution plan.

In September 2014, the tri-agency Directors approved the Vanier CGS institutional quotas for the next three competition years (2015-16 to 2017-18). The new quotas are attached in Appendix A. The methodology used to determine the Vanier quotas for 2015-16 to 2017-18 is similar to the approach adopted in previous years and is outlined in Appendix B.

New Yearly Quota Distribution Plan

The first evaluation of the Vanier CGS program was approved in June 2014. The evaluation covered the time period from the program's inception in 2008-2009 to the end of fiscal year 2012-2013 and examined the relevance and performance of the program as well as its design and delivery. Vanier CGS Executive Management approved the evaluation recommendations and management action plan. In an effort to enable the Vanier CGS program to better meet its objective of attracting and recruiting world-class doctoral students to Canadian universities (recommendation 1), it was recommended that the agencies implement equal annual targets within the existing three year allocation period with restrictions placed on carrying forward unused quotas. As a result, the following changes to the quota distribution have been made:

  1. All Canadian institutions are provided a yearly quota within the existing three year quota allotment.
  2. Any unused annual quotas will not be carried forward future years.
  3. Floating quotas can be used in either of the three years.


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