NE³LS thematic scholarships


Summary

Competition year :

2014-2015

 

Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

May 1st, 2014, 9:55 AM

 

Deadline (application) :

May 1st, 2014, 9:55 AM

 

Amount :

Master's : $15,000/ per year Doctorate : $20,000 per year

 

Duration :

Master's : 6 sessions maximum Doctorate : 9 sessions maximum

 

Announcement of results :

2014-04-09 00:00

 

Foreword

Given the major scientific and democratic challenges of nanotechnologies and nanotechnological development, NanoQuébec, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) have joined forces to create a research funding strategy to explore the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects of nanotechnologies (NE3LS). To support research development in the sector, the partners have implemented a research and knowledge transfer network.

The three Fonds de recherche du Québec contribute to this initiative and support the NE3LS network through master's and doctorate research scholarships awarded to applicants involved interdisciplinary research and who are supervised by experts in at least two different areas of research in natural sciences and engineering, health, social sciences and humanities and arts and literature.


1.

Presentation

 

1.1 Objectives

  • Foster student interest in research.
  • Provide financial support to the best applicants as they undertake or pursue a master's or doctoral research program in disciplines related to the humanities, social ciences and art and literature.

The Fonds encourages students to lead and take part in knowledge transfer activities whenever relevant.

1.2 Objectives of the NE3LS thematics scholarships

  • Foster student training and develop interdisciplinary expertise in key areas related to the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues surrounding nanotechnology development.
  • Scholarships must be consistent with the priority research themes of the NE3LS knowledge transfer network established and funded by NanoQuébec, the IRSST and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Master's and doctoral submissions to the competition must address one of the following themes :


Theme 1: Nanoscience and nanotechnology: Definition, guidelines and context
Part of a deep-rooted historical, social, political, economic and cultural continuum, nanoscience and nanotechnology development are emergent and therefore difficult to define. But is there really such a thing as technoscience? More importantly, what are the specific contributions of nanotechnologies—a sector on which there is much focus—as compared to other technologies? In other words, does nanometric research yield special or unexpected results? Not only should nanoscience and nanotechnology be studied as new sciences, they must also become part of the evolution of science itself. How does scientific nanotechnological development fit into the history and sociology of science? Is it another phase in technoscience development or an age old quest to conquer nature? Scientific development invariably leads cultural changes by shifting the way we
see the world, as amply demonstrated in history, cultural anthropology and philosophy. What impacts can this type of scientific development have on culture and our perception?

Theme 2 : Nanoscience and nanotechnology: Issues, impacts, risks and social acceptability
Nanotechnology raises a set of issues and questions in terms of the risks it poses and the impact it has on human societies. These queries address various aspects of the social acceptability of these technologies, notably regarding the goals of innovation, justice, democracy, protection of privacy, and the complex relationships between countries at different stages of development. The concept of risk, which is at the core of these questions, is broadly defined in an effort to strike a balance between the beneficial effects of technological innovations on economic development and the welfare of societies, and the adverse effects of these new technologies, notably on health and the environment.  From an epistemological standpoint, the matter is one of understanding how to define this risk and re-examine its limits and social acceptability. This means decompartmentalizing our comprehension of risk by allowing the humanities and natural sciences to interact and approach the concept from a more in-depth perspective by integrating the biological, toxicological, economic, ethical and social aspects of the issue.

Theme 3 : Nanotechnology governance
The governance (defined by some as the art of steering societies, regions, social groups, or public or private organizations) of nanotechnology presupposes a detailed understanding of the issues and scenarios to manage the impacts, risks and tensions between decision-makers, developers, and civil society. This theme will explore the legislative framework established to guide nanotechnology development and all the social guidelines that come with technological development, such as law, morals (precautionary principle) and ethics. This field will therefore examine research in natural sciences and humanities to produce management models that are better integrated and tailored to future technological challenges based on the context for technological development and issues. Researchers' accountability, through their training, in areas beyond their usual sphere of action and technical skills, as well as popularization of the issues, are other major challenges for our modern societies and should be addressed in pure and applied research.

 

1.3 Target applicants

Applicants who wish to undertake or continue a graduate university program to explore research themes on the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social aspects of nanotechnology development.


2.

Conditions d'admissibilité

 

Le candidat doit satisfaire à toutes les conditions d'admissibilité à la date limite de présentation des demandes, soit le 10 octobre 2012 à 16h, pour la maîtrise, et le 11 octobre 2012 à 16h, pour le doctorat.

 

2.1 Codirection pluridisciplinaire

Réaliser obligatoirement ses travaux sous la supervision d'au moins deux directeurs de recherche dont l'expertise se situe dans des secteurs de recherche différents. Ainsi, les expertises des directeurs doivent être complémentaires et s'inscrire dans deux des trois secteurs de recherche suivants : les sciences naturelles et génie (SNG), la santé ou les sciences sociales et humaines, les arts et les lettres (SSHAL).

 

2.2 Citoyenneté et résidence

  • Être citoyen canadien ou résident permanent domicilié au Québec (tel que défini au point 1.1 des Règles générales communes), depuis au moins un an, à la date de clôture du concours. (Pour les candidats des secteurs de la santé, être citoyen canadien ou résident permanent domicilié au Québec au moment de l'entrée en vigueur de la bourse ou au plus tard le 30 juin 2012).
  • Satisfaire aux conditions de citoyenneté et de résidence au sens des lois suivantes pendant toute la durée de la bourse :
    • Loi sur l'assurance maladie et Règlement sur l'admissibilité et l'inscription des personnes auprès de la Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec;
    • Loi et Règlement sur l'impôt du Québec.

 

2.3 Moyenne cumulative minimale

Les candidats qui sollicitent une bourse de maîtrise doivent :

  • Avoir obtenu une moyenne cumulative de 3.55 ou l'équivalent pour leurs études de 1er cycle universitaire. (Cette règle ne s'applique pas au programme de bourses de doctorat).

Consulter le tableau des équivalences pour la moyenne cumulative minimale requise

Mesure d'exception pour les candidats des secteurs de la santé
Avoir obtenu une moyenne de B+ ou l'équivalent.

Mesure d'exception pour les programmes LL.B.
Pour les facultés de droit de l'Université de Montréal et de l'Université McGill seulement, la moyenne cumulative requise est de 3.4.

Précisions

  • Les dossiers présentant une note inférieure ne sont pas admissibles.
  • Il n'existe aucune mesure d'exception pour l'admissibilité en ce qui a trait à la moyenne cumulative minimale.
  • Au moment de vérifier l'admissibilité des demandes reçues, le FRQSC effectue un calcul de moyenne en tenant compte des notes obtenues dans le cadre de cours et de diplômes de premier cycle servant de base d'admission à un programme de maîtrise ou de doctorat.
  • Les notes obtenues dans le cadre de diplômes non pertinents au programme d'études pour lequel la bourse est demandée ne sont pas considérées.
  • Tous les relevés de notes universitaires pour tous les programmes suivis doivent accompagner la demande.

 

2.4 Restrictions

Le candidat ne peut pas utiliser la bourse pour effectuer des études préparatoires.

Maîtrises professionnelles
Les programmes de maîtrises professionnelles ne sont pas admissibles. Pour qu'un programme de maîtrise soit admissible, un minimum fixé au tiers des crédits prévus au programme doit être alloué à la recherche et à la formation à la recherche.

Boursier du CRSH au doctorat
Le détenteur d'une bourse de doctorat du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada ou de tout autre organisme subventionnaire reconnu, ne peut soumettre une demande au Fonds pour compléter son programme d'études en cours, que la bourse ait pris fin ou non.

Boursier pendant plus de 15 sessions
Le candidat qui a bénéficié du soutien financier d'un organisme subventionnaire reconnu (par exemple: CRSH, CRSNG, IRSC, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, FCAR, CQRS, etc.) sur une période totalisant cinq années (ou 15 sessions) ne peut pas soumettre une demande au Fonds pour entreprendre ou poursuivre un programme de maîtrise ou de doctorat.

 

2.5 Période d'admissibilité

Période au cours de laquelle un candidat peut présenter une demande de bourse au Fonds en fonction du nombre de sessions effectuées à temps plein dans un même programme ou domaine d'étude aux cycles supérieurs.

Le Fonds prend en considération les sessions d'études de maîtrise et de doctorat complétées en date du 30 avril 2013, qu'elles aient été financées ou non.

Le Fonds prend en considération les sessions sans inscription ou effectuées à temps partiel dans le calcul de la période d'admissibilité si des attestations du bureau du registraire sont jointes au dossier de candidature.

Tableau des équivalences pour les sessions sans inscription ou effectuées à temps partiel

2.5.1 Période d'admissibilité à la bourse de maîtrise
Le candidat inscrit depuis un an ou moins aux études supérieures, soit l'équivalent de trois sessions à temps complet, en date du 30 avril 2013, est admissible au concours de bourse de maîtrise.

2.5.2 Période d'admissibilité à la bourse de doctorat
Le candidat inscrit depuis moins de cinq ans, soit l'équivalent de quinze 15 sessions à temps complet, au programme d'études doctorales faisant l'objet de sa demande de bourse, (moins de trois ans pour les candidats des secteurs de la santé) en date du 30 avril 2013, est admissible au concours de bourse de doctorat.

Passage accéléré au doctorat
Le candidat admis au doctorat après des études de baccalauréat ou qui fait un passage accéléré au doctorat doit se présenter au concours de bourses de maîtrise (B1), s'il y est admissible, afin d'obtenir un financement maximal.

 

2.6 Mesures d'exceptions relatives au calcul de la période d'admissibilité

Les règles relatives à la période d'admissibilité aux bourses d'études ne laissent place à des mesures d'exception que dans des circonstances indépendantes de la volonté des candidats. Les pièces justificatives doivent être transmises avec la demande.

Congé parental ou obligations familiales
Le candidat ayant suspendu ou retardé ses études en raison d'un congé parental ou d'autres obligations familiales majeures peut demander une prolongation de sa période d'admissibilité pour une période maximale de 12 mois. Le cas échéant, les pièces justificatives doivent être transmises avec la demande.

Personne en situation de handicap
Les règles relatives à la période d'admissibilité ne s'appliquent pas aux candidats en situation de handicap au sens de la Loi assurant l'exercice des droits des personnes handicapées en vue de leur intégration scolaire, professionnelle et sociale (L.R.Q. chapitre E-20.1). La durée du financement de la bourse est de deux ans à la maîtrise et de trois ans au doctorat.

 

2.7 Lieu d'utilisation de la bourse

Les boursiers doivent s'inscrire à temps plein à un programme de maîtrise ou de doctorat offert par une université canadienne ou étrangère reconnue.

 

2.8 Congés rémunérés

Le candidat détenant un emploi et qui bénéficie d'un congé sabbatique, d'un congé pour études ou de toute autre forme de dégagement de tâches avec un traitement et/ou un remplacement de salaire et/ou toute autre indemnité liée à son congé et totalisant plus de 50 % de son salaire régulier n'est pas admissible au concours. Toutefois, le candidat qui reçoit un traitement différé dans le but de poursuivre des études n'est pas assujetti à cette restriction.

 


3.

Application

 

Instructions for writing an application
Applicants to thematic scholarship competitions may also apply for regular Fonds Société et culture master's and doctoral programs (B1, B2 or A2).

However, master's or doctoral students who hold a scholarship from a regular program of one of the three Fonds cannot apply to a thematic scholarship program for a study program for which they have already received a scholarship offer.

Applicants may only apply to one Fonds. Scholarshipholders may only receive a scholarship from one Fonds.

 

3.1 Contents

Applications that do not include all required documents by the competition deadline will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds.


3.1.1 Online forms

Only forms filled out online and transmitted electronically will be accepted.

Form availability
The application form will be available no later than one month before the competition deadline


Languages
The forms may be filled out in French or English.

Two letters of recommendation
The letters of recommendation must be filled out and submitted online via the respondent's personal file by the competition deadline. Applicants must provide their respondents with their personal identification number (PIN) and application number.


For foreign respondent
A dynamic PDF form to create a hardcopy of the letter is available to foreign respondents who do not have a personal Fonds Web file or PIN (see the following section on the required documents to be submitted by mail).

 

3.1.2 Documents to be sent by mail

MPORTANT: Photocopies of official documents must be legible and authenticated by a commissioner of oaths or any other person authorized to do so. Any document submitted in a language other than French or English must include an official certified translation. Any missing documents require justification.

The following documents must be mailed by October 10, 2012, for the master's program and October 11, 2012, for the doctoral program

All original and authenticated documents must be received by the competition deadline.


RAMQ card
A photocopy of a valid Québec medical insurance card or any other document proving Québec resident status as stipulated in the Health Insurance Act and the Regulation respecting eligibility and registration of persons in respect of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec ?


Transcripts
Certified photocopies of the transcripts of all university studies, completed or not (certificate, degree, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, etc.). Official transcripts are also accepted but will not be returned to applicants.

The Fonds will also accept electronic transcript transfers through a secure system provided by the CREPUQ (Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec). Applicants who would like to use the service must contact their university. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm the time it will take to process the transfer request by the university. The files must be transferred via the CREPUQ Web site by October 10, 2012, for the master's program and October 13, 2012, for the doctoral program. The Fonds will retrieve the files and attach them to the applications on a daily basis.


Course equivalents
Transcripts for exchange programs or course equivalents.

Transcripts from outside Québec
Transcripts from outside Canada and the United States must include a short letter explaining the grading system used by the institution.

Only letters of recommendation filled out on the Fonds form will be accepted
Letters of recommendation that were not transmitted electronically : Respondents must fill out the letter of recommendation (dynamic PDF format) available on the Fonds Web site. Only letters produced on the FRQSC form will be accepted. Respondents must print and sign the letter and give it to the applicants in a sealed envelope or mail it directly to the Fonds by the competition deadline. Note that letters of recommendation sent in another format will not be entered in the applicant's evaluation file, nor will any extra pages.

Acknowledgements from editors
Acknowledgements of receipt from editors for all articles submitted and notices received from editors for articles accepted for publication (not required for published articles). The article must include the applicant's name. Submitted, accepted or in press articles will only be considered by the evaluation committee if they include an acknowledgement of receipt from the editor (letter or email).

Landed status in Canada
For permanent resident applicants within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 2001, ch. 27.


Proof of citizenship
For Canadian citizens born outside Canada, a certified copy of the original of the document proving Canadian citizenship.

Notice of deposit
Available to print only after the e-form has been sent.


Additional documents
Additional document for applicants who were enrolled part-time for one session or more since the date of their initial registration at the graduate level:

Part-time sessions
An attestation from the registrar's office identifying part time or unregistered sessions, where applicable.

Exceptions regarding eligibility period
Additional document for applicants wishing to avail themselves of exceptional measures concerning the eligibility period:
Official attestation of interrupted enrolment and, where applicable, a medical certificate indicating the duration of and the reason for the interruption.

Health sector applicants
For health sector applicants: Canadian Common CV (complete version) from the research director and co-director;  Section filled out by the supervisor or co-supervisor (must be given to the applicant).


No appendices or file updating
No attached material or documents other than those required will be forwarded to the evaluation committee. Files cannot be updated after the competition deadline. Applicants who must update their contact information may do so by writing to bourses.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca.

 


3.2 Submitting required documents

Postmarked proof of mailing

Applicants are responsible for their applications and must ensure that they are postmarked no later than October 10, 2012, for the master's program and October 11, 2012, for the doctoral program and that all required documents are included. Applicants should mail the documents several days before the deadline because there may be a gap of a few days between mail pick-up and postmarking during sorting.

 

Required documents must be sent by mail to:

Comité d'admissibilité - Bourses
Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture
140, Grande Allée Est, Bureau 470,
Québec (Québec) G1R 5M8

 

3.3 Acknowledgement of receipt

In the month of December following the competition deadline, applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application and a confirmation that their application is under assessment, if applicable.


4.

Scientific evaluation

4.1 Evaluation criteria

Evaluation criteria Master's and doctorate

Relevance of the research proposal with regard to the themes concerned
*A passing grade of 3 out of 5 is required

5 points
Excellence of university record 5 points
Aptitude for research and relevant experience in multidisciplinary research 5 points
Scientific quality and interest of the research proposal 5 points
TOTAL 20 points
The minimum threshold for excellence for a recommendation for funding is 12/20.

 

Voici les sous-critères utilisés pour évaluer chacun des critères :

Relevance of the research proposal with regard to the themes concerned 5 points
* A passing grade of 3 out of 5 is required. If the proposal is deemed to be irrelevant for the themes of the program, further evaluation does not occur.  5 points

 

Excellence of university record
General presentation of the file
Relevance of the applicant's experience and achievements
Applicant's aptitudes indicated in the referees' letters of recommendation
5 points

 

Aptitude for research and relevant experience in multidisciplinary research
General presentation of the file 5 points
Relevance of the applicant's experience and achievements
Applicant's aptitudes indicated in the referees' letters of recommendation

 

Scientific quality and interest of the research proposal
Originality of the proposal and contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field concerned 5 points
Clarity and precision of objectives
Suitability of the methodology and realism of the proposed timetable

 


5.

Evaluation, announcement of results and awarding of scholarships

By whom ?
Eligible applications are evaluated and ranked according to merit by a multidisciplinary evaluation committees made up of three to five members. These mostly university faculty-based committees may also include a representative of the NE3LS network. The respective boards of directors of the three Fonds receive recommendations from the evaluation committees in April of every year. Equally allocated between teach committee, the scholarship offer is based on the financial guidelines of each program and available funds. The boards of directors are accountable for its decisions to the Government of Québec.

When ?
The decisions of the boards of directors of the Fonds are sent via email in late April following the competition deadline. The applicant's ranking and scores for each evaluation criterion will be detailed in the appendix included in the announcement letter.

How ?
Applicants who meet all program criteria must accept or decline the scholarship within 10 business days of receiving the offer of scholarship by completing the e-form (acceptation ou refus de la bourse) in their file. After this deadline, applicants are deemed to have declined the scholarship. The decisions of the boards of directors of the Fonds are final and cannot be appealed. There is no review process.


6.

Value of the scholarships

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 can receive up to six instalments totalling $30 000 (six sessions or 24 months).

Each $5 000 instalment covers a four-month period or one session

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 can receive up to nine instalments totalling $60 000 (nine sessions or 36 months).

Each $6 666 instalment covers a four-month period or one session


6.2.1 Financial assistance for an internship (Fonds Société et culture only)

Fonds Société et culture doctoral scholarship holders enrolled in a Québec university and who would like to have an internship outside Québec may apply for the Financial Assistance for Internships competition. The rules for this financial assistance program are described in the Scholarship Holder's Guide (chapter 5).


7.

Rules for using the scholarships

See the respective master's and doctoral scholarship programs of each of the Fonds for their specific rules regarding scholarship use.


8.

General considerations

8.1 Liability of the Fonds
The Fonds are not liable for any direct or indirect injury arising from their processing of any scholarship, grant or other application, and without limiting the scope of the above, are not liable for unauthorized disclosure by them of the information contained in applicants' files. Despite all the precautions taken by the Fonds to protect information that must be kept confidential, certain countries to which information is transmitted may not have security procedures such as asymmetric cryptography, encryption or procedures of a like nature.

8.2 Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information
The Fonds are subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (R.S.Q., c. A-2.1). The required information is collected, used and kept in compliance with the provisions of this Act.

For information about access procedures, protection of personal information, and the recourse provided under the Act, applicants may contact the person in charge of access at the respective Fonds.

8.3 Approval
All programs are subject to government approval. Scholarships are subject to the availability of government appropriations.

The Fonds reserve the right to change the value of the scholarships and the program rules described herein without notice.


8.4 Coming into effect
The provisions of this document apply to the 2013-2014 fiscal year.


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