The fellowship period must begin between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The fellowship is non-transferrable.
The fellowship is not retroactive and any work conducted in the months prior to April 2014 will not be funded.
For applicants who have already begun their research, the fellowship period starts when the grant is offered.
The fellowship holder must be present in the research environment for the duration of the fellowship and devote himself/herself full-time to carrying out his/her research activities. Applicants who do not respect these rules will have their fellowships revoked.
Fellowships are granted for a maximum of two years, conditional upon the submission of a satisfactory progress report.
If a fellowship holder is offered a position as a regular professor in a university institution located in Québec, after carrying out a full year of postdoctoral research, he/she may ask to use part of the fellowship as start-up funding. In total, $15,000 may be converted into funding. The fellowship holder is then subject to the funding rules outlined in the Start-up Program for new Researcher-Professors.
A fellowship holder may receive a supplement for a parental leave during the fellowship period for a maximum of four months when the research project is interrupted in the six months following the birth or adoption of a child. The fellowship holder may suspend his/her research project for a paternity/maternity leave without pay for up to one year. However, if the fellowship holder chooses to take the four-month paid leave, the leave without pay is reduced to eight months.
The first payment will only be made once the Fonds Société et culture has received a certified copy of the holder's doctoral degree or an attestation that his/her doctoral dissertation has been submitted.
Value of the fellowship
The maximum value of the postdoctoral research fellowship is $30,000 for a 12-month research period.
The minimum duration of the postdoctoral research period is six months and the maximum duration is 24 months.
During the eligibility period (24 months), a fellowship holder may receive up to four payments. The applicant whose research work is carried out abroad and who will be granted a position in a Québec research centre or university upon his/her return may obtain a grant increase of up to 50% to account for cost-of-living. To receive these additional funds, the applicant must provide a letter of attestation from the director of the research centre or university department when submitting his/her application.
Reimbursement of travel expenses
The expenses at the start and end of the postdoctoral research-creation program to travel to and from the research environment are reimbursed when supported by receipts, provided they were not reimbursed by another agency. The maximum travel allowance is equivalent to the price of one economy airline ticket. Grant holders who have not yet defended their dissertation may be reimbursed for an additional airline ticket.
Production cost supplement
The Fonds Société et culture offers a supplement of up to $5 000/year to produce, disseminate and promote the work (e.g. studio rental, purchase/rental of material and transportation fees), if the need is demonstrated in the application form. Fellowship holders may also claim the variable costs of the research-creation project incurred by a host institution that is not a university. The organization's fixed costs are not eligible. The supplement is reimbursed to the fellowship holder upon the presentation of supporting documents to the Fonds, provided these costs are not covered by another agency.
The fellowship may not be cumulated with:
A fellowship or scholarship from a Canadian granting agency such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
A fellowship or scholarship from a Québec granting agency such as the Fonds de recherché en santé du Québec (FRSQ), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), Conseil de recherches en pêche et agro-alimentaire du Québec (CORPAQ) or the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).
The fellowship may be cumulated with:
Scholarships and fellowships from ministries and agencies of the Québec and Canadian governments, other than those mentioned above;
Scholarships and fellowships from the private sector and universities.
A fellowship holder may accept employment that does exceed more than 250 hours per six-month period, provided that his/her research supervisor does not object and that the employment does not interfere with research activities. Teaching a 45-hour course is deemed equivalent to 150 hours of employment.
The salary that the fellowship holder receives exclusively for his/her research project is considered to be a fellowship.
Modifying the research project or research environment
Before modifying his/her research project or environment, the fellowship holder must first make a written request to the Fonds Société et culture, which will ensure that the proposed changes do not impact the fellowship holder's assessment and remain in line with the eligibility criteria of the program. The Fonds Société et culture reserves the right to refuse a request.