In addition to holding a FRQSC scholarship, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the competition deadline.
He/she must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Master's or doctoral program in a Québec university;
The internship must be conducted in Québec;
The internship must be jointly supervised by the Master's or doctoral research supervisor and a supervisor affiliated with the practice environment;
Only one internship can be funded under this program during the duration of financial support;
The internship must last at least two months, and may be extended to a maximum of six months. It may be carried out in several stages;
The internship must begin no earlier than the fourth semester of enrollment in a full-time Master's or doctoral program;
The internship must be completed no later than the end of the ninth semester of enrollment in a full-time Master's program, or the fifteenth semester of enrollment in a full-time doctoral program.
Eligible: Public, parapublic, community or private sector organizations in Québec.
Ineligible: Universities, laboratories, research centres and university institutes.
There are two annual competitions. Application deadlines are April 18 and October 17. For the April 18 competition, the internship must begin by the following March 31. For the October 17 competition, the internship must begin by the following September 30.
VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
The value of the BSMP scholarship is $1,000 per month. It may be combined with a FRQSC Master's or Doctoral Scholarship.1
1 For example, the Master's scholarship pays $1,250 per month, and the doctoral scholarship pays $1,666 per month. A BSMP scholarship recipient will therefore receive a total of $2,250 (Master's) or $2,666 (doctorate) per month for the duration of the internship.
APPLICATION FORM AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
The application must include the following:
A duly completed application form, available on the website ;
A letter of support from the Master's or doctoral research supervisor;
A letter of support from the internship supervisor in the practice environment;
The application must be in French or English.
Applications are evaluated on their intrinsic worth. They must contain all information required for their evaluation. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his/her BSMP application is complete, and that his/her FRQSC file is up to date.
Internship (50 points)
Objectives and relevance of the internship
Appropriateness of the internship with respect to the program of study
Added value of the internship (for the host environment and for the applicant)
Time frame (20 points)
Host environment and supervision (30 points)
All applications received will be assessed for eligibility by the FRQSC before being submitted to the evaluation committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the evaluation committee has the right to declare an application ineligible if it considers that it does not meet program requirements.
Applications are evaluated by multidisciplinary peer committees recruited within and outside of Québec. The evaluation committee analyzes all applications received on a comparative basis using the evaluation criteria in force. It also recommends the funding period based on the proposed time frame and the objectives of the internship. Consequently, the recommended length of the internship may differ from that indicated in the application.
The evaluation committee makes recommendations for each application received. The number of recommended applications that receive funding will depend on the availability of FRQSC funding for the program.
TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship holders must continue to be enrolled as full-time students in their program of study for the duration of the internship.
The start and end dates of the internship may be changed by submitting a "Demande de modification" (request for change) form, which must be accepted by the Fonds. The proposed changes must meet all eligibility conditions and cannot change the nature of the internship presented and evaluated in the initial application.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMPETITION RESULTS
The results of the April 18 competition will be announced at the beginning of June.
The results of the October 17 competition will be announced at the beginning of December.
RULES GOVERNING STACKING OF SCHOLARSHIPS
In addition to the rules governing stacking described in section 3.6 of the Scholarship Holder's Guide, BSMP recipients are not eligible for the Soutien aux cotutelles Québec-France program or other Government of Québec mobility programs during the same period. Students funded under the mobility support program (Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur in collaboration with universities) can claim only the difference between the value of the mobility scholarship and funding received under the BSMP program.
BSMP recipients agree to submit to the Fonds, no later than one month after the end of the internship, a report summarizing the work done and the extent to which the objectives were achieved. The internship supervisor must complete the section of the form provided for this purpose, detailing the successes and/or failures of the internship as perceived by him/herself and the practice environment.