6.1 Fellowship period
The fellowship period must begin between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016.
The fellowship is non-transferrable.
The fellowship is not retroactive and any work conducted in the months prior to April 2014 will not be funded.
For applicants who have already begun their research, the fellowship period starts April 1, 2015.
6.2 Fellowship payments
Fellowship instalments must be requested by the fellowship holder for each six-month period, using the e-form provided in his/her "Dossier du boursier". The first payment will only be made once the Fonds has received a certified copy of the holder's doctoral degree or an attestation that his/her doctoral dissertation has been submitted. A copy of the doctoral degree or proof that all requirements have been met for the doctoral degree is required for payment of the subsequent instalment. Instalment payments will be made on a biannual basis for the duration of the eligibility period, subject to the production of a satisfactory progress report at the time of the 3rd instalment.
6.3 Research environment
The fellowship holder must be present in the research environment for the duration of the fellowship and devote himself/herself full-time to carrying out his/her research activities. Applicants who do not respect these rules will have their fellowships revoked.
6.4 Convertibility of the fellowship
If a fellowship holder is offered a position as a regular professor in a university institution located in Québec, after carrying out a full year of postdoctoral research, he/she may ask to use part of the fellowship as start-up funding. In total, $15,000 may be converted into funding. The fellowship holder is then subject to the funding rules outlined in the Start-up Program for new Researcher-Professors.
6.5 Parental leave
Pursuant to section 6.13 of the CRR, a fellowship holder may receive a supplement for parental leave during the fellowship period for a maximum of four months when the research project is interrupted in the six months following the birth or adoption of a child. The fellowship holder may suspend his/her research project for a paternity/maternity leave without pay for up to one year. However, if the fellowship holder chooses to take the four-month paid leave, the leave without pay is reduced to eight months.
6.6 Reimbursement of travel expenses
The expenses at the start and end of the postdoctoral program to travel to and from the research environment are reimbursed when supported by receipts, provided they were not reimbursed by another agency. The maximum travel allowance is equivalent to the price of one economy airline ticket. Grant holders who have not yet defended their dissertation may be reimbursed for an additional airline ticket.
6.7 Supplement for partnership activities
The Fonds offers a supplement of up to $2,000/year for participation and realisation of partnership activities (e.g. training, dissemination or knowledge transfer activities). This supplement will be reimbursed upon the presentation of receipts to the Fonds and providing that the expenses were not reimbursed by another agency. This supplement is only available if it was requested in the application form.
6.8 Concurrent fellowships
The fellowship may not be cumulated with:
• A fellowship or scholarship from a Canadian granting agency such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
• A fellowship or scholarship from a Québec granting agency such as the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Santé (FRSQ), the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Nature et technologies (FRQNT), the Conseil de recherches en pêche et agro-alimentaire du Québec (CORPAQ) or the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).
The fellowship may be cumulated with:
• Scholarships and fellowships from ministries and agencies of the Québec and Canadian governments, other than those mentioned above;
• Scholarships and fellowships from the private sector and universities.
A fellowship holder may accept employment that does not exceed 250 hours per six-month period, provided that his/her research supervisor does not object and that the employment does not interfere with research activities. Teaching a 45-hour course is deemed equivalent to 150 hours of employment.
The salary that the fellowship holder receives exclusively for his/her research project is considered to be a fellowship.
6.10 Modifying the research project or research environment
As indicated in section 6.5 of the CRR, before modifying his/her research project or environment, the fellowship holder must first make a written request to the Fonds, which will ensure that the proposed changes do not impact the fellowship holder's assessment and remain in line with the eligibility criteria of the program. The Fonds Société et culture reserves the right to refuse a request.