The university must provide a nomination letter, along with the application form, for each student it wishes to nominate to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program. This is an opportunity for the university to highlight its reasons for nominating the student for a Vanier CGS.
Letters may be a maximum of two pages in length.
Either the dean of graduate studies or the president of the university (at the universitys discretion) must sign off on the nomination letter, which should address the following points:
1. Rationale for the choice of candidate:
- Highlight the factors used to determine why the student is deserving of a Vanier CGS. Include information that supports the three selection criteria: academic excellence, research potential and leadership (potential and demonstrated ability).
2. Research training environment:
- Highlight the key elements of the research training environment, such as research facilities and opportunities available to the candidate; and explain how the research interests of the student align with the university’s priorities.
- If known, comment on the research group and/or faculty with whom the candidate will interact and how the Canadian university will support the development of the candidate’s leadership potential.
3. Potential benefits to the Canadian university of recruiting the candidate:
- Comment on the incremental benefit the candidate will bring to the Canadian university if awarded a Vanier CGS (e.g., role model, networking, etc.).
4. Recruitment and student mobility:
- Comment on how the university's nomination of the candidate promotes the recruitment of new foreign or Canadian candidates to Canadian universities.
- If the candidate has completed a previous degree within your university, provide an explanation as to why the university believes it is in the candidates best interest to stay at the same university.