Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements set out below on the application deadline of October 9, 2019 at 4 pm for master's scholarships or October 16, 2019 at 4 pm for doctoral scholarships.
3.1 Citizenship and residency
To be eligible to apply for a master's or doctoral research scholarship, the applicant must have been enrolled at a Québec university on a full-time basis (or equivalent) for at least 2 of the 3 terms prior to the competition deadline OR have a valid Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ (a letter from the RAMQ confirming that a new card has been requested).
To use a training award outside Québec, the recipient must have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ AND be a Canadian citizen at the time of application.
Individuals who do not have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ, or who are not Canadian citizens at the time of application, must pursue their studies in Québec. Their continuous physical presence in Québec is required throughout the duration of funding, apart from break periods listed in the university calendar.
3.2 Required minimum grade point average – master's scholarship (B1 and A2-M)
For a master's scholarship, applicants must have obtained a grade point average of A- or the equivalent in their undergraduate studies. See the required minimum GPA equivalents table.
Exception for students applying from an LLB law program:
Applicants must have completed their studies with a GPA of 3.55.
For Université de Montréal and McGill University graduates, the required minimum GPA is 3.4.
Applicants whose GPA is below the required minimum GPA are ineligible.
When several transcripts are provided, the FRQSC can, on request, calculate a GPA for those undergraduate studies on which the applicant's eligibility for the program was based.
In the case of a career change, grades obtained for degrees that are not relevant to the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought will not be taken into account. However, any degrees that served as a basis for the applicant's admission to the master's or doctoral program for which the scholarship is being sought are deemed relevant in calculating the GPA and must be included with the application.
3.3 Eligibility restrictions
The scholarship may not be used for preparatory studies.
Professional master's and doctoral programs are not eligible. To be considered a research program, a master's program must have at least 18 credits (or 40% of program credits) dedicated to research training and lead to the writing of a thesis (for exemple an essay, a research report or an article are not accepted). A doctoral program must have at least 36 credits dedicated to research training and lead to the writing of a doctoral thesis.
To verify psychology program eligibility, consult the document Eligible psychology program list to the FRQSC training grant.
Individuals who have received a doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) or any other recognized funding agency may not apply to the Fonds to complete a study program.
Individuals who have received a master's or doctoral scholarship from a recognized agency (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRSQ, etc.) for a total of six years (or 18 terms) are not eligible.
· Individuals who are employed but who are on leave (sabbatical, study leave etc.) or any other form of release from duties are eligible provided they meet one of the following conditions during this period:
- They are not paid (leave without pay);
- They are paid, but the amount received does not exceed 50% of their regular salary (deferred or anticipated salary leave, self-funded leave).
Applicants may only submit an application to one of the following FRQSC scholarship programs in the same year: Master's Research Scholarships (B1); Doctoral Research Scholarships (B2); Scholarship for Re-entering the Research Community (A2); Postdoctoral Fellowship (B3); Postdoctoral Research-Creation Fellowship (B5).
Applicants may only hold a scholarship from one Fonds (CGR, Section 3.1).
3.4 Eligibility period
The eligibility period takes into consideration all academic terms of the master's or doctoral program completed by April 30, 2020, whether funded or not.
When calculating the eligibility period, the Fonds will take into consideration any unregistered and/or part-time terms if an official letter by the registrar is attached to the application. The applicant should consult the Equivalents table for unregistered or part-time terms to verify eligibility for the competition.
Master's scholarship eligibility period
To be eligible, applicants must have been enrolled in the master's program for which they are applying for the scholarship for no more than 3 full-time terms (1 year), as of May 1, 2020.
Applicants who are not enrolled in a master's degree program but who intend to begin graduate studies are eligible provided their program begins between May 1st, 2020 and January 15th, 2021.
Doctoral scholarship eligibility period
To be eligible, applicants must have been enrolled in the doctoral program for which they are applying for the scholarship for less than 5 years (the equivalent of 15 full-time terms) as of May 1, 2020.
Applicants directly admitted to a doctoral program after their undergraduate studies and applicants who have fast-tracked to the doctoral level without obtaining a master's degree must have been enrolled in the doctoral program for less than 6 years (the equivalent of 18 full-time terms), as of May 1, 2020.
Applicants directly admitted to a doctoral program after their undergraduate studies and applicants who have fast-tracked to the doctoral level without obtaining a master's degree are advised to apply for the master's competition, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements.
3.5 Exception regarding eligibility period
Exceptions regarding master's and doctoral scholarship eligibility periods will only be considered for circumstances beyond the applicant's control. Supporting documents are required and must be submitted along with the application. The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any eligibility period exception request with insufficient justification.
Parental leave, sick leave or family obligations
Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies for parental leave may ask to extend their eligibility period for up to 12 months. A 12-month extension may also be granted in the case of serious illness or major family obligations. The Fonds will determine the extension to be granted based on the supporting documents provided by the applicant.
Persons with disabilities
Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies due to reasons related to a disability are exempt from the eligibility period requirements. Supporting documents are required and must be submitted with the application. This exemption is in accordance with the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (CQLR c. E-20.1).