In a given fiscal year, applicants may only apply to one of the postdoctoral fellowship programs of Québec's three Fonds de recherche du Québec:
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC);
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT);
Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS).
Applications that do not include all of the required documents by the competition deadline will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds.
Only forms filled out and submitted online are accepted.
The application e-form for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program, available on the Fonds Web site;
The applicant's new Common Canadian CV electronic format and its attachment file (available on June 17 2013).
The Detailed contributions » attachment, which is available in the « Documents utiles » section of the program here : http://www.fqrsc.gouv.qc.ca/fr/bourses/programme.php?id_programme=20
You must save the attachment in PDF format in your Fonds e-file (Votre dossier).
The e-forms will be available on the Web site of the Fonds Société et culture at least one month before the competiton deadline.
The e-forms may be filled out in French or English. However, the title and abstract included in the application must be written in French. This information will be used for promotional and dissemination purposes.
Two letters of recommendation
To fill out and submit a letter of recommendation, respondents must log on to their personal file before the competition deadline. Applicants must provide their application and personal identification numbers (PIN) to their respondents. If one or both letters of recommendation are missing prior to the application deadline, the application will be deemed ineligible by the FRQSC. Only letters of recommendation filled out on the Fonds form will be accepted.
Respondents living abroad
Exceptionally, respondents who do not have a Fonds NIP or personal file will receive a dynamic PDF form and be able to print out a copy of their letter of recommendation (see the following section on the required documents to be submitted by mail).
Required documents to be submitted by mail
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be receivable, photocopies of official documents must be legible and certified by a commissioner of oaths or any other person authorized to do so. Documents submitted in a language other than French or English must include a certified translation.
The following documents must be mailed by October 11, 2013.
A photocopy of the applicant's Québec health insurance card. If the card is expired, the applicant must provide proof that a new card was requested and send a photocopy of this new card as soon as it is received. If the applicant is unable to provide this document, he/she must send in:
A letter to the eligibility committee explaining why the card information is unavailable;
Proof that a new card was requested from the Régie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec;
A tax notice attesting to the fact that the applicant's most recent income tax return was filed in Québec.
Proof of citizenship
Canadian citizens who were not born in Canada must provide a certified copy of a proof of citizenship.
Applicants who are permanent residents as stipulated in Chapter 27 of the 2001 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act must provide a certified copy of their Record of Landing (IMM 1000 or IMM 5292).
The applicant must provide certified copies of all of his/her university transcripts. Official transcripts are also accepted but will not be returned to the applicants.
The Fonds accepts transcripts submitted online through a secured site provided by the CREPUQ. Applicants who wish to use this service should contact the Office of the Registrar of their home university. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify the processing time. All files must be submitted online through the CREPUQ Web site by October 11, 2013. The Fonds will retrieve the documents from the CREPUQ Web site on a daily basis and include them with the applications and required documents.
The applicant must provide a certified copy of his/her doctorate degree (or an attestation of the first submission of his/her dissertation). If the applicant applied before submitting his/her dissertation, he/she must include a letter addressed to the eligibility committee indicating the date at which the dissertation will be submitted and provide a certified copy of the degree before the fellowship begins. Because documents are photocopied several times, the certified copy must be legible.
Master's and doctoral transcripts
The applicant must provide a certified copy of his/her doctoral transcript. If the applicant has not yet received his/her transcript, he/she must include a letter addressed to the eligibility committee explaining the situation.
The applicant must also provide a certified copy of his/her master's degree transcript.
The applicant must provide transcripts from exchange programs or courses (equivalences).
Transcripts from outside Québec
For transcripts from institutions located outside Canada or the United States, the applicant must include a short letter explaining the institution's marking system.
Only letters of recommendation from the Fonds will be accepted
Letters of recommendation that were not transmitted electronically: Respondents must access the Fonds Web site and fill out the letter of recommendation form (dynamic PDF) online.
Only letters written on an FRQSC form will be accepted. The respondent must then print the letter, sign it and give it to the applicant in a sealed envelope or mail it directly to the FRQSC. Please note that if a respondent sends a letter of recommendation in another format, fills out the form by hand or adds pages, the letter and/or additional pages will not be included with the application for evaluation.
Supervisor's letter of acceptance
The postdoctoral supervisor must use the correct form (dynamic PDF) from the Fonds. Exceptionally, this letter may be sent to the Fonds by November 1, 2013. If the letter is received after this date, the application will be deemed ineligible. The postdoctoral training may be co-supervised, and, in such cases, two supervisor's letters of acceptance must be sent to the Fonds.
The confirmation will be available once the applicant has submitted his/her e-form.
Postdoctoral research outside Québec
Additional documents for applicants who will be carrying out their postdoctoral research abroad and who want the value of the fellowship to be indexed based on the cost of living (for applicants who will have a position upon their return):
A letter from the director of the research centre or university department confirming the applicant's position following the training.
Eligibility period exceptions
Additional documents for applicants who want to invoke exceptional measures regarding their eligibility period:
A medical certificate indicating the length of the maternity or sick leave.
No appendices, no updates
No appendices or documents other than those required will be forwarded to the evaluation committee. Applicants will not be able to update their files after the application deadline. However, applicants may update their contact information via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting the required documents
The postmark will be considered valid proof of mailing.
Each applicant is responsible for his/her application and must ensure that it contains all of the necessary documents and is postmarked no later than October 11, 2013.
Applicants should note that mail left in a mailbox is only postmarked after sorting – a process that may take several days. Documents postmarked after the deadline will be deemed ineligible. All required documents must be sent to:
Comité d'admissibilité – Bourses postdoctorales
140 Grande Allée Est, Bureau 470
Québec (Québec) G1R 5M8
Acknowledgement of receipt
In the month of December following the competition deadline, applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application and a confirmation that their application is under assessment, if applicable.