Doctoral Research Scholarships (B2) and Scholarships for re-entering the Research Community (A2-D)


Summary

Competition year :

2016-2017

 

Deadline (application) :

October 14th, 2015, 4 PM

 

Amount :

$20,000 per year

 

Duration :

9 sessions maximum

 

Announcement of results :

Variable

 

DETAILED PROGRAM FALL 2015

IMPORTANT NOTE

All required documents must be transmitted as an attachment to the electronic application form (e-form). No document transmitted by mail, fax or e-mailed will be accepted.

No reminder will be made and no supporting documents may be added after the closing date and time.

All required documents must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds. 

Applicants who contact the program officers via e-mail must include a telephone number at which they can be reached. Priority will be given to e-mail requests.

 

These guidelines refer to the Common General Rules (CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the FRQSC. Only special conditions applicable to the Master's and Doctoral Research Scholarships program are indicated in this document and prevail over the CGR (p. 1). In addition to complying with the CGR, applicants must meet all special eligibility requirements as indicated in the guideline program description at the time of submission of their application. Likewise, scholarship holders are required to comply with the terms governing the use of the scholarship for its entire duration.

Note: In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails.


1.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND TARGET GROUP


1.1 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Foster students' interest in research.

Financially assist the best applicants in undertaking or continuing a Master's or doctoral program in disciplines related to the social sciences, humanities, arts and literature.

The Fonds encourage students to lead and carry out transfer activities whenever relevant.
 

1.2 TARGET GROUP

Master's (B1) and doctoral (B2) research scholarships

Students seeking to start or continue to pursue a graduate program in the social sciences, humanities, arts or literature.

Scholarships for re-entering the research community (A2)

Individuals who earned a university degree (undergraduate or graduate level) or university credits at least five years prior to the competition deadline and who wish to re-enter the research community by carrying out graduate studies at the Master's or Doctoral level.


2.

ELIGIBILITY

 

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the submission deadline on October 7, 2015, at 4 pm. for Master's scholarships or October 14, 2015, 4 p.m., for doctoral scholarships.

2.1 CITIZENSHIP AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE

As indicated in section 2 of the CGR, the applicant must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 2001, c. 27. If the applicant is not a citizen or permanent resident, he/she must provide proof that a permanent resident application has been submitted to the proper authorities (e.g. a Québec Selection Certificate).
  • Be deemed to be domiciled in Québec for at least six months at the competition closing date. The applicant must demonstrate that he/she is domiciled in Québec (a resident of Québec) within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act and the Regulation respecting eligibility and registration of persons in respect of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec.

To qualify for a scholarship, the student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Québec for at least one year. If the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, funding will not begin until citizenship or resident status is confirmed. If the student is unable to obtain citizenship or resident status before January 15 of the year following the offer of financial support, the scholarship will be cancelled.

Fonds Société et Culture scholarship holders must meet the eligibility requirements listed above for the entire duration of the scholarship.


2.2 REQUIRED MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGE – MASTER'S SCHOLARSHIP ONLY (B1)

Consult the required minimum grade point average equivalents table

For a Master's scholarships applicants must:

Have obtained a grade point average of A- or the equivalent in their undergraduate studies (this rule does not apply to students applying for a doctoral scholarship).

Exceptions for students applying from an LL.B. program

Applicants must have completed their studies with a 3.55 grade point average. For Université de Montréal and McGill University graduates, the required minimum grade point average is 3.4.

Please note

Applicants whose grade point averages are below the required minimum grade point average are ineligible.

No exceptions will be made with regards to the required minimum grade point average.

When assessing eligibility, the Fonds will calculate the average grade for those undergraduate studies based on which the applicant's acceptance to a Master's or doctoral program was based.

Any grades obtained for degrees that are unrelated to the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought will not be taken into account (see Block 1 – Documents required for evaluation).


2.3 ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

The eligibility period is the time in which applicants may submit scholarship applications to the Fonds based on the number of full-time sessions carried out in the same graduate program or field of study.

The Fonds will consider Master's and doctoral sessions completed by April 30, 2016, whether they were funded or not.

When calculating the eligibility period, the Fonds will consider any sessions without registration and/or part-time sessions if an official letter by the registrar is attached to the application.

The applicant should consult the Equivalents table for sessions without registration or part-time sessions to verify eligibility for the competition.


2.3.1 MASTER'S SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

Applicants who have been registered in a graduate program for one year (three full-time sessions) or less as of April 30, 2016, are eligible for the Master's scholarship program (see section 2.8 Eligibility requirements for applicants seeking a scholarship to re-enter the research community, A2).

Applicants who have not been registered in Master's degree program but who intend to begin their graduate studies between May 1st, 2016 and January 15th, 2017 are eligible.


2.3.2 DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

Applicants who have been registered for less than five years (15 full-time sessions) as of April 30, 2016 in the doctoral program for which they are applying, are eligible for the doctoral scholarship program (see section 2.8 Eligibility requirements for applicants seeking a scholarship to re-enter the research community, A2).

Fast-tracking to a doctoral program

Eligible 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 apply to the Master's competition (B1) to obtain maximum funding. (see section 2.2 Required Minimum Grade Point Average and 2.3.1. Master's Scholarship Eligibility Period A2).

The applicant is responsible for choosing the program of study (Master's or doctorate).

 

2.4 EXCEPTIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

Exceptions regarding scholarship eligibility periods will only be made for circumstances beyond the applicant's control. In such cases, the applicant must submit the supporting documents along with the application. (see section 3.1 Required Documents)

Parental leave or family obligations

Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies for a parental leave or serious family obligations may ask to extend their eligibility period for up to 12 months. In such cases, all supporting documents must be submitted along with the application. (see section 3.1 Required Documents)

Persons with a disability

Eligibility requirements do not apply to persons with a disability under the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (R.S.Q. c. E-20.1). The duration of the scholarship is two years at the Master's level and three years at the doctoral level.

The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any requests that does not provide sufficient information.


2.5 RESTRICTIONS

Applicants may not use the scholarship for preparatory studies.


Professional Master's

Professional Master's programs are not eligible. To be eligible, at least one-third of the credits in Master's program must derive from research and/or research training.


Second Master's

Applicants who wish to pursue a second Master's degree as a way to redirect their career may apply for a Master's scholarship. However, the second master's degree must be in a different program and discipline.

SSHRC doctoral scholarship holder

Individuals who hold doctoral scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) or any other recognized funding agency may not apply to the Fonds Société et Culture to complete a study program that is currently underway, even if their scholarships have expired.

Scholarship holder for more than 15 sessions

Applicants who received funding from a recognized agency (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRSQ, FCAR, CQRS, etc.) for a total of five years (or 15 sessions) may not apply to the Fonds Société et Culture to begin or pursue a master's or doctoral program.


2.6 PLACE OF TENURE

Scholarship holders must be registered in a full-time Master's or doctoral program in a recognized Canadian or international university during the entire duration of the scholarship.


2.7 PAID LEAVES

Applicants and scholarship holders who are employed and who are on a sabbatical or study leave or any other form of indemnity tied to their leave and representing more than 50% of their usual salary are not eligible to the scholarship. This restriction does not apply in the case of study leave without pay.

In all cases, as specified in the Scholarship Holders Guide, at the time of the first request for instalment, and each time a progress report is submitted, the scholarship holder must provide a copy of an official letter from his employer indicating the conditions of the leave. Failure to provide this document will result in cancellation of the first instalment by the FRQSC. If the document is not provided for two consecutive academic terms, the FRQSC will cancel the scholarship.


2.8 ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS SEEKING A SCHOLARSHIP TO RE-ENTER THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY (A2)

Applicants seeking to apply for a scholarship to re-enter the research community (master's or doctoral level) must have held an undergraduate or a graduate degree for at least five years at the competition deadline (October 7, 2015, for Master's applicants and October 14, 2015, for doctoral applicants) and must not have been registered in a university program or have earned university-level credits.

Applicants who have registered their first session when submitting their applications are eligible.
 


3.

APPLICATIONS


Instruction for completing an application

Applicants may only submit an application to one of the following scholarship programs in the same year:

Master's research scholarships (B1);
Doctoral research scholarships (B2);
Scholarship for re-entering the Research Community (A2).

 

Applicants may only hold a scholarship from one Fonds (CGR, section 3.1).

When completing their electronic application form, applicants must be sure to select the appropriate committee to evaluate their application. The list of evaluation committees is provided on the FRQSC website for information purposes. The FRQSC reserves the right to change the applicant's choice of committee. In such cases, applicants will be advised via email.


3.1 REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Applications that do not include all of the required documents by the closing date and time of the competition will be deemed ineligible by the FRQSC.


3.1.1 ELECTRONIC FORMS

3.1.1.1  Electronic application forms

Only forms filled out and submitted online are accepted.

Applicants has to obtain beforehand a PIN (Personal Identification Number) from the FRQSC website.

E-forms

E-forms will be available on the FRQSC website at least one month before the closing date of the application deadline.

Languages

As indicated in section 3.5 of the CGR, the E-forms may be filled out in French or English. However, the project title on the application must be in French.


3.1.1.2  Letter of recommendation E-form

Two letters of recommendation are required

Applicants to Master's, doctoral or re-entering the research community scholarship program must obtain two letters of recommendation to complete the application form.

The Letters of recommendation must be filled out and submitted electronically from the referee's personal file on the FRQSC website. It is the referee's responsibility to obtain a personal identification number (PIN) from the Fonds. Once the letter of recommendation has been transmitted electronically, it will be automatically attached to the applicant's file.

The letters of recommendation must be completed and transmitted electronically before the deadline (October 7, 2015, for Master's applicants and October 14, 2015, for doctoral applicants). If one or both letters of recommendation are missing at the closing date, the application will be deemed ineligible by the FRQSC. Only letters of recommendation using the E-form will be accepted.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide his/her personal identification number (PIN) and application number to the referees and to ensure that the two letters of recommendation are submitted within the prescribed time. 

Exception for referees outside Québec

Exceptionally, a dynamic PDF form is available to referees outside Québec who do not have a PIN with the FRQSC. This form is available only upon request at: lettrebourses.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca

Once the letter has been completed and signed, it must be sent by the referee to the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture to the following email address: lettrebourses.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca

No letter transmitted by any other means will be accepted.


3.1.2 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY

IMPORTANT: To be eligible, scanned copies of all documents must be legible.

Documents submitted in a language other than French or English must include a certified translation.

Every applicant is responsible for his/her application. The following documents must be transmitted as an attachment to the application E-form by October 7, 2015 for the Master's program and by October 14, 2015 for the doctoral program.

The following supporting documents must be grouped into two blocks of attachments as specified in the e-form, and must be transmitted within the prescribed time. No reminder will be made and no supporting document may be added after the closing date and time of the competition.

No document transmitted by any other means will be accepted.

The required documents within each block must be scanned in a single document and numbered in the following order.


BLOCK 1 – DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EVALUATION

  1. All transcripts

Applicant's most up-to-date official transcripts for all programs, e.g. certificates, diplomas, bachelor's, Master's or doctoral degrees, whether the studies were completed or not. If no transcript is available, applicant must submit a letter explaining the situation.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all transcripts are obtained from the respective institutions within the prescribed time.

  1. Equivalences

Transcripts from exchange programs or courses (equivalence).

  1. Transcripts from outside Québec (additional documents)

Transcripts for university studies pursued at institutions outside Québec.

  1. A short letter explaining the marking system must be provided for institutions outside Canada and the United States.
  1. Acknowledgements from editors

To be considered, articles that are submitted, accepted or in press must include an acknowledgement from the editor (letter or e-mail format). The applicant's name must appear on the article.


BLOCK 2 – DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY

  1. RAMQ card or other official document

A photocopy of a valid Québec medical insurance card or any other official document that proves resident status under the Health Insurance Act and the Regulation respecting the eligibility and registration of persons in respect of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec.

If this document is not available, the applicant must provide a letter addressed to the eligibility committee explaining the reasons, accompanied by proof that a replacement card has been requested from the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec.

  1. Proof of citizenship

Canadian citizens born outside Canada must provide a copy of their proof of citizenship.

  1. Landed status in Canada

Permanent residents of Canada under the 2001 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, ch. 27, must provide a copy of their landing documents (IMM 1000 or IMM 5292) or their permanent resident card, OR a copy of a proof that a permanent resident application has been submitted to Immigration and Citizenship Canada.  

  1. Part-time sessions

Applicants who completed part-time sessions since registering for a graduate degree must provide a registrar's attestation for any part-time session or sessions without registration in the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought, if applicable.

  1. Exception regarding eligibility period

Applicants seeking exceptions must provide an official document attesting to their suspended registration and a medical certificate that includes the reason(s) for the interruption and the duration of the suspension in the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought, if applicable.


ATTENTION

No appendices or documents other than those required will be forwarded to the evaluation committee.

No document transmitted to the Fonds by mail or e-mail will be accepted.

Applicants will not be able to update their files after the closing date and time of the competition.

The Fonds reserves the right to request additional documents for the purpose of establishing eligibility.


REMEMBER TO TRANSMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION.


To make sure that the latest version of your application has been successfully submitted, check that the word "Transmise" appears in your application file before the closing date and time of the competition.

Filing notice

Available for printing after transmission of the electronic application form. This notice is generated automatically and replaces the acknowledgement of receipt as indicated in section 3.6 of the CGR


3.2 STATUS OF THE APPLICATION

Applicants will be informed via email of the status of their application and, if applicable, its transmission to the evaluation committee, at the latest in the month of December following the closing date of the competition.

Following the reception of applications, the Fonds will evaluate their eligibility. Applicants whose applications are incomplete or ineligible will be advised by e-mail of the rejection of their application.

To update their contact information, applicants must contact the Fonds via e-mail at bourses.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca.

 


4.

SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT

4.1 EVALUATION COMMITTEE

Consult the list of evaluation committees.

Applicants should pay close attention when selecting an evaluation committee.

The choice of evaluation committee is based on the Master's or doctoral research topic: the field, program and degree should also be considered. Once granted, the scholarship may only be used for research on a topic that is covered by the evaluation committee's field of expertise.

Applicants who choose the multidisciplinary committee (15) must complete an additional section in the application e-form explaining the multidisciplinary aspect of the proposed research (B1) or research project (B2).

In exceptional circumstances (conflict of interest, not enough applicants, lack of committee expertise, etc.), the Fonds reserves the right to change the applicant's choice of committee. In such cases, applicants will be advised via email.

 

4.2 EVALUATION CRITERIA

To be recommended for funding, an application must obtain at least 12/20, the minimum required threshold of excellence.

Evaluation criteria

Master's

Doctorate

Academic excellence

10 points

6 points

Research skills and relevant experience, if  applicable

10 points

6 points

Scientific quality and interest of the  research proposal

No project required

8 points

Total

20 points

20 points

The sub-criteria and their point values used to assess each criterion are outlined below.


Academic excellence

Evaluation criteria

Master's

Doctorate

Quality of academic record

6 points

6 points

Academic progress

2 points

Scholarships and awards

2 points

 

Research skills and relevant experience, if applicable:

Sub-criteria

Master's

Doctorate

Quality of the overall presentation of the application

1 point

1 point

Quality of the proposed research

4 points

--

Relevance of the applicant's experience and achievements

3 points

4 points

Applicant's skills, as detailed in the letters of recommendation

2 points

1 point

 

Scientific quality and interest of the research proposal (doctorate only)

Sub-criteria

Doctorate only

Originality of proposal and  contribution  to the advancement of  knowledge in the field

3 points

Clarity and thoroughness of the  objectives

2 points

Relevance of methodology and  suitability of the proposed calendar

3 points

 

Applicants are invited to consult the Scores and Ratings Grid for Evaluation Committees which is applied by the evaluation committee.
 


5.

EVALUATION PROCESS, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS AND AWARDING OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS


The Fonds receives applications for financial assistance, checks their eligibility and submits them to specially formed evaluation committees, which recommend funding of applications judged to be of scientifically quality (CGR, section 4).

The committee members are known for their research skills and for their knowledge of the research topics, methodologies and disciplinary basis of the applications under evaluation.

The evaluation committees' recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors of the Fonds concerned, which then makes funding decisions based on these recommendations. The awarding of scholarships and the commitment to continue funding in subsequent years are subject to decisions made by the Board of Directors of the Fonds according to strategic priorities and the size of the annual budgetary appropriations voted by the Québec National Assembly. If need be, the Board of Directors may review and modify or terminate funding without notice (CGR, section 4.4).

The Fonds informs every applicant of the evaluation results. The decision of the Board of Directors of the Fonds Société et Culture is sent by email to the applicant's e-file in late April, following the competition deadline (CGR, section 5). The letter and appendix will include the ranking of the applicant's file as well as the scores for each criterion presented in the scholarship program description. Applicants may print out the letter, which serves as proof of the results obtained in the competition.

All decisions of the Board of directors of the Fonds are final and cannot be appealed.

Applicants who meet funding conditions must accept or decline the scholarship within 10 business days following the receipt of the scholarship offer by completing the e-form "Acceptation ou refus de la bourse" in their "Dossier du boursier" section. An applicant who submits a "Demande de modification" form is also considered to be respecting the 10-day time frame for responding to the scholarship offer. Applicants who do not respond to the offer within ten business days will be deemed by the Fonds as having declined the scholarship (see CGR, section 5.2).
 


6.

VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

6.1 Master's scholarship

The annual value of a Master's scholarship is $15,000 for a period of three sessions or 12 months of study.

Scholarship holders may receive up to six instalments totalling $30,000 to cover six sessions or 24 months. Each instalment of $5,000 covers a period of one session or four months.

6.2 Doctoral scholarship

The annual value of a doctoral scholarship is $20,000 for a period of three sessions or 12 months of study.

Scholarship holders may receive up to nine instalments totalling $60,000 to cover nine sessions or 26 months. Each instalment of $6,666 covers a period of one session or four months.
 


7.

SCHOLARSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Scholarship holders must request each payment, and this at the beginning of each session.

Scholarship holders must be registered as full-time students in the master's or doctoral program for which the scholarship was granted at the starting date and for the entire duration of the funding period.

Scholarship holders must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have been a resident of Québec for at least one year. If the scholarship holder is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, funding will not begin until citizenship or resident status is confirmed. If the student is unable to obtain citizenship or resident status before January 15 of the year following the funding offer, the scholarship will be cancelled.

Scholarship holders must also meet all funding conditions pertaining to paid work hours during the scholarship period.

Progress reports

Scholarship payments will be made during the scholarship period and are subject to satisfactory progress reports. The scholarship holder is required to submit a progress report every three academic terms of the scholarship.


7.1 SCHOLARSHIP STARTING DATE

The scholarship starting date refers to the academic term during which the scholarship holder may request his/her first payment.

For scholarship holders who have not started their study program at the time the scholarship his granted:

Mandatory starting date: summer, fall or winter terms

The scholarship period must begin between May 1, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Barring exceptional circumstances, the scholarship cannot be carried over from one year to the next.

For scholarship holders whose study program is already underway at the time the scholarship is granted:

Offers prior to May 1

Scholarships awarded before May 1, 2016, come into effect in the 2016 summer session.

Offers on or after May 1

Scholarships awarded on May 1, 2016, or later come into effect in the 2016 summer session or the 2016 fall session at the latest. For scholarships awarded after May 1, 2016, payments may be issued retroactively beginning in the 2016 summer session if the scholarship holder meets all payment requirements.

The scholarship is not retroactive and sessions prior to summer 2016 will not be funded.


7.2 SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD

The scholarship period is the time in which a scholarship holder may receive scholarship payments.

Master's scholarship

The scholarship period for a Master's scholarship is limited to the first nine sessions of the Master's program for which the scholarship was granted.

Doctoral scholarship

The scholarship period for a doctoral scholarship is limited to the first fifteen sessions of the doctoral program for which the scholarship was granted.

Fast-tracking to a doctorate

For eligible applicants directly admitted to a doctoral program after their undergraduate studies and applicants who have fast-tracked to the doctoral level without earning a Master's, the scholarship is valid only for the first 18 sessions of the doctoral program in which they are registered.


7.3 DURATION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

The duration of the scholarship is the number of payments that a scholarship holder may claim during the scholarship period (see section 7.2 Scholarship period).

The duration of the scholarship cannot exceed the scholarship period. It is based in the start and end dates of the study program, as stated in the scholarship holder's application.


7.3.1 DURATION OF THE MASTER'S SCHOLARSHIP

Master's scholarships are granted for a maximum period of two years (the equivalent of six consecutive sessions) or until the end of the scholarship holder's Master's studies, whichever comes first.

Using an outstanding payment

Scholarship holders who complete their Master's without claiming all of the payments available during the scholarship period may use one outstanding payment of the Master's scholarship to begin a doctoral program as long as it starts the following semester and provided that payment is made within the tenure of the scholarship. However, students who receive a doctoral scholarship may not claim Master's scholarship payments.

Fast-tracking to a doctorate

Master's scholarship holders who intend to pursue doctoral studies without earning a Master's degree may use the outstanding payments from their Master's scholarship to begin a doctoral program as long as the doctorate program starts the following semester and provided that payment is made withing the tenure of the scholarship. However, students who receive a doctoral scholarship may not claim Master's scholarship payments.


7.3.2 DURATION OF THE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP

Doctoral scholarships are granted for a maximum period of three years (the equivalent of nine consecutive sessions) or until the end of the scholarship holder's doctoral studies, whichever comes first.

Using an outstanding payment

Scholarship holders who complete their doctorate without claiming all of the payments available during the scholarship period may use one outstanding payment to begin their postdoctoral training. The conditions for using this instalment are the same as those that apply to a postdoctoral fellowship (B3 or B5). However, students who receive a postdoctoral scholarship may not claim doctoral scholarship payments.


7.3.3. MODIFICATION TO THE DURATION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

All requests to modify the duration of a scholarship must be sent to the Fonds before claiming the first scholarship payment. Any requests to modify the scholarship period received after a first payment has been claimed will be refused.

As defined in section 6.1 of the CGR, the Fonds will help fund 15 graduate sessions. Sessions funded by agencies subject to the rules for concurrent funding (see 7.4 Stacking of scholarships) will be deducted from the duration of the financial assistance offered by the Fonds, which calculates the duration of the scholarship based on the number of graduate sessions for which the scholarship holder received financial support.


7.4 STACKING OF SCHOLARSHIPS

Stacking prohibited

The Fonds grants funding that is complementary to grants received from other public or aid organizations based on merit. Stacking of scholarships is therefore prohibited with:

  • Merit scholarships offered by federal or provincial (Québec) departments, organizations or agencies;
  • Public charitable foundations, unless there are previous targeted joint funding agreements between the Fonds and the organization.

A student who is offered a scholarship that cannot be held concurrently with a scholarship from the Fonds must accept the offer from the other party and decline the Fonds' offer.

Applicants who receive scholarship offers from several Fonds programs may select only one.

Applicants who receive scholarship offers from several Fonds de recherche du Québec programs may select only one. Students may hold an award or scholarship from only one Fonds (CGR, section 3.1).

Partial stacking

When the Fonds awards a scholarship of longer duration than a scholarship for which stacking is prohibited, the Fonds scholarship will be adjusted to make up the shortfall when the external scholarship expires. The duration of the concurrent partial scholarships cannot exceed the maximum funding period, as set out in section 7.3.

In addition, when the Fonds awards a scholarship with a higher annual than that of a scholarship for which stacking is prohibited, the Fonds scholarship will be adjusted to make up the shortfall for the duration of the scholarship offered by the Fonds.

Stacking is allowed

Applicants who receive a scholarship from another organization (e.g. university, research chair, consortium, private international or foreign foundation, the governments of other Canadian provinces and foreign governments) may combine this grant with a scholarship from the Fonds if stacking is allowed by these organizations. When a funding agency limits the amounts that can be stacked, the Fond will decrease the value of its scholarship to enable the scholarship holder to qualify for the full value of the scholarship offered by the organization.

Special cases

Loans and bursaries from the ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) may be held concurrently with Fonds scholarship.


7.5 PAID WORK

A scholarship holder must carry out his/her research program on a full-time basis.

225-hour limit

A scholarship holder may accept employment of up to 225 hours per academic session, provided his/her research director does not object and the employment does not interfere with the research program. For the purpose of this rule, teaching a 45-hour college- or university-level course is equivalent to 150 hours of employment.

The remuneration received by a student to work exclusively on his/her research project is considered income for which stacking with scholarship is permitted.

A scholarship holder may receive a scholarship payment while carrying out a paid or an unpaid internship that is relevant to his/her research program with the prior approval of his/her research director.


7.6 CHANGES TO THE RESEARCH PROJECT OR PROGRAM OR PLACE OF STUDY

Scholarship holders who want to change their research project or program or place of study must access their online file and fill out and submit the request form to the Fonds Société et Culture. The Fonds will determine whether the change impacts the scholarship holder's evaluation and then advise the applicant of its decision.

 


8.

GILLES-BEAUSOLEIL SCHOLARSHIP

 

8.1 OBJECTIVE

The Gilles-Beausoleil Scholarship is awarded by the Association des économistes québécois and aims to support excellence in economics through research focused on a social or public policy issue.


8.2 APPLICANTS

Only students who apply to committee 09E - Sciences économiques (4.1 Evaluation committee) of the Master's and doctoral scholarship programs are eligible for the Gilles-Beausoleil Scholarship.


8.3 AWARDING OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS

The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who received the highest score from evaluation committee 09E - Sciences économiques and whose research project is focused on a social or public policy issue. Only one scholarship will be granted per competition.

There is no additional application form for the Gilles-Beausoleil Scholarship. The decision of the Fonds Société et Culture will be announced to the recipient via his/her e-file when the Master's and doctoral scholarships program results are announced.


8.4 ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

The Gilles-Beausoleil Scholarship holder will be invited by the Association des économistes québécois to present his/her research results at an activity organized by the Association.


8.5 VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship is valued at $3,000.

 


9.

QUÉBEC-FRANCE SUPPLEMENT

 

9.1 OBJECTIF

The Québec-France supplements aim to encourage top students to pursue graduate studies in France.


9.2 APPLICANTS

The Québec-France supplements are exclusively aimed at master's and doctoral scholarship applicants. Students in joint programs are not eligible.


9.3 AWARDING OF THE SUPPLEMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS

The supplements are exclusively awarded to scholarship holders who choose to pursue their studies in France, as indicated in their scholarship applications. The supplements are awarded to the 10 top-ranking applicants overall.

Note: There is no additional application form for the Québec-France supplement. All students whose place of study is located in France will automatically be considered.

The decision of the Fonds Société et Culture will be announced to the recipients via their e-files when the master's and doctoral scholarships program results are announced.


9.4 TERMS OF THE SUPPLEMENT

To receive the funds, the supplement holder must be registered as a full-time student in a university located in France.


9.5 VALUE OF THE SUPPLEMENT

The supplement is valued at $1,500/year. This amount will be added to the Master's or doctoral scholarship.


10.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNSHIPS


Doctoral scholarship holders (B2) registered at a Québec university at the doctoral level who wish to undertake a research internship at a scientific institution outside Québec, can apply to the program for financial assistance for internships (Aide financière pour stage). Program guidelines may be consult on the FRQSC website.


Do you have questions?

Geneviève Godbout

Responsable de programmes

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418 643-7582, poste 3135

Estelle Vendrame

Responsable de programmes

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418 643-7582, poste 3229

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