Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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DEADLINE TO SGS:  OCTOBER 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

General Overview:

The Vanier CGS can be held by doctoral students only.  Applicants must be nominated by Queen’s University to be sent forward to the national competitions. Only students who will have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 are eligible to apply. Both domestic and international students who meet all eligibility criteria may be considered. Nominees must have an overall average of at least A- or the equivalent in each of the last two years of full-time study or equivalent.  Nominees must not have already received a doctoral-level scholarship or fellowship from one of Canada's three federal granting agencies (also known as the Tri-Agency), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to undertake or complete a doctoral degree.  

Online Application:

Applications to the Vanier CGS competition must be submitted online through ResearchNet. ResearchNet is an online system that provides a secure web portal to collect certain scholarship applications.   The online application to the 2019-2020 Vanier CGS competition is now available.  Applicants should go to the following websites for complete instructions:

Applicants must have and use both a ResearchNet account, and a Canadian common cv (CCV) account, in order to complete and submit a Vanier CGS application.  Full instructions are on the website

Eligibility and Conditions:

For complete details on:

  • who is eligible to apply,
  • minimum academic eligibility standards for applicants,
  • selecting the appropriate granting agency
  • review process
  • selection criteria
  • all acceptance and eligibility conditions to hold a 2019-2020 Vanier CGS

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Applications must include hard copy official versions of ALL university transcripts, including college level and CEGEP transcripts if applicable AND including an official Queen’s transcript for studies for this current term year at Queen’s University, for students enrolled in a graduate program here currently. Universities are responsible for uploading the official transcripts of their nominees via ResearchNet. Therefore the School of Graduate Studies must receive all required transcripts of students who submit Vanier applications, by October 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Hard copy official transcripts are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies, Room 425 Gordon Hall, Queen’s University, to the attention of Monica Corbett.  For applicants who studied at international universities, if the international transcripts are not presented in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French), they must include a certified translation, separated from the original transcripts by a blank page.

Minimum Academic Standards for Vanier CGS applicants:

Applicants must have a first class average, that is, at least A-, or the equivalent, in EACH of the last two years of full time studies or equivalent.

Calculating months of doctoral studies:

Only students who will have completed no more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019 are eligible to apply.  All prior doctoral-level studies, regardless of discipline, are considered in the evaluation of eligibility, and are considered to be continuous, full-time, and uninterrupted unless otherwise confirmed by the institution (including the summer months, unless on official leave). Students who studied on a part-time basis, or who interrupted their studies with their university’s official approval, must outline the dates of interruption or part-time study in the Special Circumstances document.

Other Letters of Reference:

Applicants identify the 2 faculty members who will submit letters of reference on their behalf, via the process outlined in ResearchNet. The referees are contacted by ResearchNet, and submit their references online via ResearchNet.  Note that these referees are given a slightly advanced deadline, usually about 48 hours earlier than the institution’s deadline. This earlier deadline for the referees is necessary so that the applicant has the references prior to their own submission deadline.

Highlighting Leadership in a Vanier CGS Nomination:

There are five opportunities in the nomination package for leadership to be highlighted:

Applicants must list their previous leadership activities/accomplishments according to the categories listed under “Selection Criteria” in the program description. Applicants are also asked to write a self- assessment detailing the impact of their activities and accomplishments, and how they judge themselves to be a potential Vanier CGS recipient and a leader in their research community.

The applicant’s referees are asked to comment on the applicant’s leadership (potential and demonstrated ability) and to elaborate on the impact of the activities and accomplishments mentioned in the self-assessment.

Two “leadership reference letters” are required. The leadership reference letters should be written by people who know the applicant in a non-academic capacity. These letters should describe how the applicant has demonstrated, and will potentially continue to demonstrate, leadership.

The Vanier nomination letter submitted by the Head of the Graduate Department/Program should also highlight the applicant’s leadership qualities—especially if the nominee is an international applicant, as some context may be required. The letter must also address how the department/program and the university will support the nominee to help them fully develop their leadership potential.

The Personal Leadership Statement Document will contain information on the applicant’s leadership.