Master's Research Scholarships (B1) and Scholarships for re-entering the Research Community (A2-M)


Summary

Competition year :

2017-2018

 

Deadline (application) :

October 12th, 2016, 4 PM

 

Amount :

$15,000 per year

 

Duration :

6 sessions maximum

 

Announcement of results :

End of April 2017

 

 

This version was updated on June 30th, 2016, subject to the approval of the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation.

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES

 

Master's Research Scholarships (B1) and Scholarships for re-entering the Research Community (A2)

boursesm.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca

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

boursesd.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

All required documents must be transmitted as an attachment to the electronic application form (e-form) at the latest at the closing date and time of the competition. 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.

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

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 knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, valorization, promotion and dissemination) with practice settings and the general public, 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 12, 2016, at 4 p.m. for Master's scholarships or October 18, 2016, 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 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 Section 5 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. Residents of other provinces who hold health insurance or residence cards from their home provinces are not eligible.

- 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).

 

To qualify for a scholarship, the student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be domiciled in 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, 2017, from first registration for a Master's or doctorate, 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 the Master's program for which they are applying for a maximum of three full-time sessions (1 year) as of April 30, 2017, 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, 2017 and January 15th, 2018 are eligible.

2.3.2 DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

Applicants who have been registered for less than five years (less than 15 full-time sessions) as of April 30, 2017 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).

2.3.3 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)

In all cases, the closing date of the competition must be respected.

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 disabilities

Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies due to reasons related to a disability are exempt from the eligibility period requirements (see Section 2.3 Eligibility Period). Where applicable, supporting documents are required and must be transmitted with the application (see Section 3.1 Required Documents). 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).

The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any request 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. No changes to the application file may be made after the competition closing date and time.

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 or have held 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 for the scholarship. This restriction does not apply in the case of study leave without pay.

In all cases,

  • at the time of the first request for instalment, 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.
  • every progress report must be accompanied by a copy of an official letter from the employer indicating the conditions of the leave.

 

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 12, 2016, for Master's applicants and October 18, 2016, 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

Instructions 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 3.6 of the CGR, e-forms may be filled out in French or English. However, the project title on the application must be in French.

Technical requirements

Applicants must ensure that all attached documents are in PDF format and are not read protected.

3.1.1.2  Letter of recommendation E-form

Letters of recommendation

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

From his/her electronic application form, the applicant must send an e-mail invitation to complete a letter of reference to the two referees of his/her choice. Letters of recommendation provide support for the applicant and offer an informed outsider's opinion of his/her qualities and abilities.

Letters of recommendation must be filled out using the e-form provided, which is available in the referee's personal e-file on the Fonds website. Referees who do not have a personal identification number (PIN) must obtain one from the Fonds.  

Once the letter of recommendation has been transmitted electronically, it will be automatically attached to the applicant's file. The TWO letters of recommendation must be completed and transmitted electronically before the competition deadline (October 12, 2016, for Master's applicants and October 18, 2016, 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 Fonds E-form will be accepted.

It is the applicant's responsibility to transmit an invitation to two referees from his electronic application form 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 for referees from universities outside of 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

The letters of recommendation must be completed and transmitted electronically before the deadline (October 12, 2016 for Master's applicants and October 18, 2016 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 Fonds form will be accepted.

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 and must not be read protected in any way.

Documents required for assessing the eligibility of the application that are submitted in a language other than French or English must include a certified translation.

Every applicant is responsible for ensuring that all documents required for determining eligibility and for the scientific evaluation of the application are attached to the application e-form and transmitted by October 12, 2016 for the Master's program and by October 18, 2016 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 must be grouped into two blocks:

 

Block 1 — Documents required for scientific evaluation of the application;

Block 2 — Documents required to determine eligibility of the application.

 

BLOCK 1 – DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EVALUATION

Transcripts, including equivalences, transcripts for studies outside Québec and a short letter explaining the marking system (if necessary) must be scanned in a single document in the following order:

1. All transcripts

The 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.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all transcripts are obtained from the respective institutions within the prescribed time. If no transcript is available, applicant must submit a letter explaining the situation.

2. Equivalences

Transcripts from exchange programs or courses (equivalence).

3. Transcripts from outside Québec (additional documents)

Transcripts for university studies pursued at institutions outside Québec.

4. A short letter explaining the marking system must be provided for institutions outside Canada and the United States.

5. Acknowledgements from editors

Acknowledgements of receipt from the editor for all articles submitted and notices received from editors for articles accepted for publication. Article references must include the applicant's name.

No publication declared to be submitted, accepted or in press will be considered for the application evaluation without a supporting document from the editor, in the form of a letter or copy of an e-mail (not required for published articles).

 

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

 

BLOCK 2 – DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY

Documents required for establishing eligibility and the eligibility period of an application must be scanned together in a single document in the following order:

CITIZENSHIP, RESIDENCE, DOMICILE

1. RAMQ card or other official document

A copy of a valid Québec medical insurance card or any other official document that proves resident status (domiciled) 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.

2. Proof of citizenship

Canadian citizens born outside Canada must provide a copy of their proof of citizenship (both sides).

     OR

3. 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. 

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD

4. 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.

5. Exception regarding eligibility period

Applicants seeking eligibility period exceptions must provide an official document attesting to their suspended registration and, where necessary, a medical certificate indicating the reason(s) for and duration of the suspension or attesting to the disability, if applicable.

No appendices or documents other than those required for establishing eligibility will be accepted.

 

ATTENTION

No document transmitted to the Fonds by mail or email 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.

It is possible at any time for applicants to verify that the latest version of their application has been successfully submitted. The word "Transmise" must appear in the 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 3.7 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 verifies 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 inform the Fonds by  email 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 research project.

An applicant who selects an arts and literature committee for the realization of a research-creation project is asked to state this in the "project" section of the application form.

The applicant is responsible for choosing the appropriate scholarship program (B1, B2, A2 Master's or A2 doctoral) and evaluation committee. No changes are possible after the competition closing date and time.

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 an overall grade of at least 70%.

 

The evaluation is based on the following criteria:

 

MASTER'S

 

EXPERTISE

60 points

Quality of academic record and recognition

40 points

Academic standing (30 points)

 

Scholarships, awards and distinctions (10 points)

 

Relevant experience (in an academic or non-academic setting)

20 points

Letters of recommendation

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECT

40 points

Originality of the proposed research problem in relation to
current knowledge

20 points

Relevance of the theoretical and methodological
approach

20 points

Bibliography (3 to 5 relevant references)

 

 

DOCTORAT

 

EXPERTISE

50 points

Quality of academic record and recognition

30 points

Academic standing (20 points)

 

Scholarships, awards and distinctions (10 points)

 

Relevant experience (in an academic or non-academic setting)

20 points

Letters of recommendation

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECT

50 points

Originality of the research problem and
contribution to the advancement of knowledge

25 points

Relevance of the theoretical and methodological
approach and of the proposed time frame

25 points

Bibliography (5 to 10 relevant references)

 

 

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 4.5).

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 36 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.

Compliance with scholarship terms and conditions

From the start date of the scholarship and throughout the duration of funding, 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.

- 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 (CGR, Section 2.1);

- 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, 2017 and January 15, 2018. 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, 2017, come into effect in the 2017 summer session.

Offers on or after May 1

Scholarships awarded on May 1, 2017, or later come into effect in the 2017 summer session or the 2017 fall session at the latest. For scholarships awarded after May 1, 2017, payments may be issued retroactively beginning in the 2017 summer session if the scholarship holder meets all payment requirements.

The scholarship is not retroactive and sessions prior to summer 2017 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 degree, 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 within the tenure of the scholarship. Furthermore, the scholarship holder must have received at least one Master's scholarship instalment during at least one full-time session of the Master's program for which the scholarship was awarded. 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 Section 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 etde l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec may be held concurrently with the 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 supervisor 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.

Special cases

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.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNSHIP IN A PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT (BSMP) AND SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNSHIP OUTSIDE QUÉBEC (BSHQ)

 

FRQSC Master's and doctoral scholarship holders can apply for funding through a BSMP or BSHQ scholarship if they are interested in carrying out a research internship that meets the eligibility requirements of one of these programs.

Program guidelines may be consulted on the FRQSC website.


9.

QUÉBEC-FRANCE SUPPLEMENT

 

9.1 OBJECTIF

The Québec-France supplements aim to encourage the top applicants 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.

GILLES-BEAUSOLEIL SCHOLARSHIP

 

10.1 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.

 

10.2 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.

 

10.3 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.

 

10.4 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.

 

10.5 VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship is valued at $3,000.


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