Postdoctoral research-creation fellowship (B5), 2018-2019


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 10th, 2017, 4 PM


Amount :

$45,000/year + $10,000 if outside Canada + production costs supplement


Duration :

6 to 24 months + possibility of one year extension


Announcement of results :

End of April 2018



IMPORTANT NOTICE: The link to the FRQ electronic Portfolio (forms) is available under the Portals Access. More details are available in the About FRQnet section.


This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the FRQSC. Only the special conditions applicable to Postdoctoral Research-Creation Fellowship program are indicated in this document and prevail over the CGR.

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

The Fonds uses the Canadian Common CV  and requires a .PDF file of detailed contributions in the E-portfolio. Refer to Preparing a CV for the Fonds and Detailed Contributions attachment to the Common Canadian CV in the program toolbox.

Updates to contact information can be made directly in the FRQnet E-portfolio.







The objectives of the Postdoctoral Research-Creation Fellowship are as follows:

  • Contribute to the development of a new generation of researcher-creators within the artistic and academic communities;

  • Help new doctoral graduates to strengthen their research-creation skills, enhance their creative processes and promote and disseminate their work. In this respect, the postdoctoral internship must constitute an added value to the applicant's doctoral research-creation work;

  • Encourage mobility towards stimulating and dynamic artistic and academic environments for research-creation, both nationally and internationally.

The Fonds uses the term research-creation to designate any research process or approach that fosters creation and aims at producing new esthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge. All of these processes and approaches must include, to varying degrees (depending on the practices and temporalities specific to each project):

1) Artistic or creative activities (design, experimentation, production, etc.)


2) The problematization of these activities (critical and theoretical analysis of the creative process, conceptualisation, etc.).

As there can be no research-creation without give and take between the work of art and the creation process by which it exists, the Fonds requires that the artistic or creative activities and their problematization be carried out by the same person.

For the purposes of the Fonds, a research-creation approach is based on:

  • A sustained artistic or creative practice;

  • The problematization of this creative or artistic practice;

  • The transmission, presentation and dissemination of the experimentation and/or results of research-creation projects of all types to students, peers and the general public.

Specifically, the research-creation activities carried out under this program must contribute to:

  • The development of productions or works resulting from an artistic or creative practice, provided that they provide an element of renewal or innovation in terms of approach, process, technology, materials, form of presentation or experimentation, repertory or interpretative style. These productions must lend themselves to problematization leading to the development of new aesthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge;
  • The training of research-creation students;
  • Greater recognition of individuals working on research-creation within their institutions and in national and international artistic and cultural environments and communities;
  • The enrichment of the cultural heritage of Québec, Canada and/or the international community.

For the purposes of this program, performance in the context of a theatrical, choreographic or musical presentation is considered to be creation provided that it is problematized.

The following do not qualify for this program:

  • performance for the purpose of the interpretation or analysis of artistic works or productions;
  • the development of productions resulting from an artistic or creative practice that are not accompanied by problematization leading to the development of new aesthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge.

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.




Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the competition deadline of October 6 October 10, 2017, 4 p.m.


2.1    Eligibility period and target group

The postdoctoral research fellowships are aimed at applicants who obtained their doctorate in the 5 years prior to the competition deadline OR who first submit their dissertation by March 31, 2019, the deadline by which grant payments must begin.


2.2    Eligibility period exceptions

Exceptions regarding postdoctoral fellowship eligibility periods will only be made in circumstances that are beyond the applicant's control. Applicants may suspend or postpone their studies for parental leave, sick leave for serious illness, family obligations or because of a disability. In all such cases, supporting documents must be transmitted along with the application (see Section 3 - Applications).

In all cases, the competition closing date and time 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.

Persons with disabilities

Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies due to reasons related to a disability are exempt from the eligibility period requirements. Where applicable, supporting documents are required and must be transmitted with the application (see Section 3 - Applications). 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 is not adequately justified.


2.3 Citizenship and Domicile

For full details on citizenship and domicile, refer to section 2.1 of the CGR.

To use a training award for studies outside Québec or an internship outside Québec, the applicant must meet the criteria listed in the CGR.

Notwithstanding the CGR, applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or who are from a Canadian province other than Québec, are eligible if they provide proof, at the time of submitting their funding application, that

a) they have been living in Québec on a regular and daily basis for six months (with the appropriate visas and authorizations)


b) they have chosen a host environment in Québec.

Each year of the award, the fellowship holder must provide proof that he/she lives in Québec on a regular and daily basis. Pursuant to the statements above, Fonds scholarship holders must meet all eligibility requirements throughout the term of the fellowship.


2.4    Restrictions

Applicants may only hold a fellowship from one of the Fonds (section 3.1 of the CGR). Applicants who receive or have received postdoctoral funding from a recognized agency in Québec or Canada (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, FCAR, CQRS, etc.) are not eligible for this competition.


2.5    Choice of host environment and supervision


The research-creation postdoctoral internship may be carried out in an artistic and/or academic environment. The host organization must enable applicants to enhance their research-creation prospects and expose them to new approaches in a quality research-creation environment * :

  • The postdoctoral internship may take place in a variety of settings:  artists' centre, cultural outreach agency, cultural journal, university research centre with programs that include and support research-creation, etc. The postdoctoral research-creation internship may also take the form of a collaboration with an artist or a group of artists.

  • Internationally-recognized host environments outside Québec are recommended and preferred. A postdoctoral fellowship may be carried out in Québec providing that the project brings an added value to the applicant's doctoral training and this choice is clearly justified.

Applicants are encouraged to have their internship co-supervised by members of the artistic and the academic communities. However, the doctoral research supervisor cannot supervise/co-supervise the postdoctoral internship.


The postdoctoral research must be carried out in an institution other than the one from which the fellowship holder earned his/her doctorate or which served as an institution of co-supervision, if applicable. This condition also applies to the institution of co-supervision.


* The host environment agrees to provide the artist with conditions that are conducive to artistic creation, production and dissemination. In certain cases, workspaces (e.g. studios) and other material resources needed for the internship will be requested. The host environment must also ensure ample opportunity for artistic exchanges between creators and collaborators. 


2.6    Paid leave

Applicants who are employed and on a sabbatical or study leave or who have obtained any other type of release from their duties with pay and/or wage replacement or any other form of compensation that exceeds 50% of their regular salary are not eligible.




As indicated in article 3.1 of the CGR, applicants are responsible for sending their application package to the appropriate Fonds by referring to the list of Research areas of the three Fonds .


A complete application package consists of:

  • Required e-forms, available in the E-portfolio;

  • Required electronic attachments;

  • Artist's portfolio to be sent by mail.


With the exception of the portfolio, which must be sent by mail, only forms and documents transmitted electronically will be accepted. Any application package that does not contain all of the required forms and documents at the competition closing date and time will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds.


3.1    E-forms

The e-forms will be available on the Web site of the Fonds at least one month before the competition deadline. Only forms filled out and submitted online are accepted.

Applicants must create an E-portfolio on the Fonds website before applying, if this has not already been done. Individuals who already have a personal identification number (PIN) have direct access to a FRQnet account and must update their E-portfolio.

As indicated in the CGR (article 3.6), the e-forms may be filled out in French or English. However, the title and abstract included in the application must be written in French. This information will be used by the Fonds for promotional and dissemination purposes.

Any part of the application that exceeds the maximun number of autorized pages will be removed from the application.


The following e-forms are required:

  • COMMON CANADIAN CV/DETAILED CONTRIBUTIONS: The applicant's Common Canadian CV and "Detailed contributions" attachment file, which are available in the Toolbox section on the fellowship program page or directly in the "Détails des activités" box in the E-portfolio. To ensure that the attachment is properly transmitted to the Fonds, you must save it in PDF format under "Common Canadian CV" in the E-portfolio;
  • LETTER(S) OF ACCEPTANCE (SUPERVISORS): The supervisor and co-supervisor where applicable, must complete a letter of acceptance using the e-form available in their own FRQSC E-portfolio. The supervisor and/or the co-supervisor who holds a personal identification number (PIN) with the Fonds has access to an FRQnet account and must update his or her E-Portfolio, if it has not already been done. On the other hand, the supervisor and/or the co-supervisor who does not have an FRQnet account must first create a user account. Once the letter of acceptance has been transmitted electronically in accordance with the instructions provided in the form, it will be automatically attached to the applicant's fellowship application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide his/her email address linked to FRQnet account and application number to the supervisor(s), as well as instructions for the creation of an account and the drafting of the letter;
  • TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (REFEREES): Letters of recommendation completed by referees provide support for the applicant and offer an informed outsider's opinion of his/her qualities and abilities. Referees must complete a letter of recommandation using the e-form available in their own FRQSC E-portfolio. The referee who holds a personal identification number (PIN) with the Fonds has access to an FRQnet account and must update his or her E-Portfolio, if it has not already been done. On the other hand, the referee who does not have an FRQnet account must first create a user account. Once the letter of recommendation has been transmitted electronically in accordance with the instructions provided in the form, it will be automatically attached to the applicant's fellowship application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide his/her email address linked to FRQnet account and application number to the referees, as well as instructions for the creation of an account and the drafting of the letter.


The supervisor(s) letter and referees letters must be completed and submitted electronically before the closing date and time of the competition. If one of the letters is not submitted by the closing date, the application will be deemed ineligible. Only letters completed using the FRQSC e-form in the FRQnet portal will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the letters are submitted before the closing date and time.


3.2    Required documents to be attached electronically

The following required documents must be scanned and included with the application e-form in the sections of attachments intended for that purpose in the "Détails des activités" section, as described below.

In order to be receivable, copies of official documents must be legible. The Fonds reserves the right to request additional documents for the purpose of establishing an application's eligibility.

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

The required supporting documents must be transmitted within the prescribed time.

Once the application form has been submitted, it will not be possible to resubmit or modify the application in any way regardless of the transmission date, even if it is before the competition deadline. Note that referees and supervisors may transmit their letters at any time up to the closing date and time of the competition.

No recall will be made and no document may be added after the contest closing date and time, October 6 October 10, 2017 at 4 pm.




In addition to completing the various sections of the form, the following documents are required and must be transmitted from the "Autres documents'" section :


  • DOCTORATE DEGREE: A copy of the original of the applicant's doctorate degree. If the doctorate degree has not yet been obtained, provide an attestation of the first submission of his/her dissertation. If the applicant applied before submitting his/her dissertation, he/she must include a letter addressed to the eligibility committee indicating the date at which the dissertation will be submitted.
  • LETTER OF INVITATION FROM THE HOST ENVIRONMENT (if applicable): A letter of invitation from the head of an arts centre, cultural outreach agency, culturel magazine, research centre, university department or other organization autorized to supervise the internship confirming that the applicant has been accepted;
  • PROOF OF REGISTRATION OR INVITATION (if applicable): proof of registration or invitation to participe in a workshop, lecture, colloquium, meeting, biennale, festival, symposium or any other relevant event, where applicable.


  • The following documents must be scanned and grouped into a single document in the order listed below, and attached under "Relevés de notes" in the "Autres documents" section :


TRANSCRIPTS: Copy of the applicant's Master's AND doctoral official transcript. In the event that the institution in question does not provide a transcript, a letter explaining the situation must be included. Transcripts should be presented in portrait orientation;

TRANSCRIPTS FROM EXCHANGE PROGRAMS (if applicable): Transcripts from exchange programs or courses (equivalences);

MARKING SYSTEM EXPLANATION (if applicable): For transcripts from institutions located outside Canada or the United States, the applicant must include a short letter explaining the institution's marking system.

  • RAMQ CARD OR OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENT (APPROPRIATE VISAS and AUTHORIZATIONS): A photocopy of a valid Québec medical insurance card (RAMQ card) or any other official document that proves resident status, as defined in Article 2.1 of the CGR. 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 or provide some other official document attesting that he/she is domiciled in Québec;
  • PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP (if applicable): Canadian citizens who were not born in Canada must provide a copy of a proof of citizenship (both sides).
  • PROOF OF PERMANENT RESIDENCY (if applicable): A permanent resident card or a copy of the applicant's landing documents (IMM 1000 or IMM 5292) in the case of permanent residents under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C.2001, c. 2).
  • SUPPORTING DOCUMENT FOR ELIGIBILITY PERIOD EXCEPTION: Applicants seeking eligibility period 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 (refer to article 2.2 above).
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS presented in the artist's portfolio linking each one to the research-creation project (mandatory).


Every applicant is responsible for his/her application and must ensure that it contains all of the necessary documents. No document other than those required will be accepted.



At any time, applicants may verify in their E-portfolio that the most recent version of their application has been successfully submitted. The application file in "Mes formulaires" must be flagged as "Transmis au Fonds" before the closing date and time of the competition.


3.4       ARTIST'S PORTFOLIO (mandatory)


The following required documents must be sent by mail:

  • Three copies of a portfolio of artistic achievements that illustrates the applicant's artistic accomplishments as they pertain to the proposed project (may include a press kit). The portfolio should include a table of contents for quick reference.

The portfolio must be sent to the following address:

Bourse postdoctorale en recherche-création
Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture
140, Grande Allée Est, bureau 470
Québec (Québec) G1R 5M8

The Canada Post postmark or dated receipt from a courier service will be considered proof that the portfolio was mailed by the deadline of October 6 October 10, 2017.

The Fonds is not responsible for any loss or damage of any nature to the portfolio or the material submitted in support of the application. The portfolio will only be returned to the applicant if it was sent along with a preaddressed stamped envelope or box. Otherwise, the portfolio will be kept by the Fonds for 90 days after the date on the letter announcing the results, after which the Fonds will dispose of it.

Any missing documents will render the application ineligible.

All applications received by the Fonds are assessed for eligibility. A notice will be sent via e-mail no later than December following the competition deadline, informing the applicant of the status of his/her application and, where applicable, its transmission to the evaluation committee. Applicants whose application packages are deemed incomplete or invalid will be informed of the rejection of their application via e-mail.




4.1    Evaluation process

As indicated in section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives applications for financial support and submits them for evaluation by specially formed committees. Only those applications whose scientific quality is considered satisfactory are recommended for funding by the evaluation committees. Committee members evaluate the applications according to the evaluation criteria specified for the program.


Applications for financial support undergo scientific evaluation by evaluation committees composed of experts from the research fields covered by the Fonds. The members of the evaluation committees are known for their research skills and their knowledge of the research topics, methodologies and disciplinary basis of the applications under evaluation. If necessary, the evaluation committees may consult outside experts. Committee members and experts may be from Québec, elsewhere in Canada or abroad.


The conditions governing funding decisions are described in article 4.5 of the CGR. 


4.2    Evaluation criteria

Applications are assessed based on the following criteria, sub-criteria and weighting:

Expertise (35 points):

  • Quality of academic record and recognition (academic standing, awards and distinctions, letters of recommendation from referees, scholarships, training) (10 points);

  • Quality of achievements: production/dissemination (compositions, choreographies, environments, exhibitions, installations, literary works, recordings, etc.), and research-creation activities (articles, critiques and instructional or educational material, design or development of creation or interpretation tools; publications, etc.) (15 points);

  • Relevance to the project of the applicant's training and professional experience in an academic or artistic setting (employment, internships, lecturing, research or teaching assistantship, etc.) (10 points).


Research-creation project (45 points):

  • Originality, added value to the applicant's doctoral work and impact on the development or renewal of the field (10 points);

  • Clarity of the  problematization and appropriateness of the methodology for the stated objectives (15 points);

  • Soundness of the time frame and feasibility (10 points);

  • Relevance of planned dissemination activities (10 points).

Host environment (20 points):

  • Quality of the chosen environment and relevance to the project (10 points);

  • Quality of the plan for integration into the host environment (10 points).


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


An overall passing grade of 70% is required. In addition, a passing grade of 70% is required for the Research-creation project criteria.





5.1    Announcement of the results

The Fonds informs every applicant, via e-mail, of the evaluation and funding decision made with regard to his/her application. Competition results are officially announced on the Fonds website and sent to the applicant's E-portfolio, generally at the end of the month of April following the competition deadline.

Applicants who meet all funding requirements must accept or refuse the fellowship in the thirty (30) calendar days of the date the fellowship offer was sent, in the "Gérer mon financement" section of their E-portfolio. An applicant who fails to accept the fellowship before the deadline is considered to have refused the fellowship (RGC, art. 5.2).

For further information on awards and conditions, please refer to section 5 of the CGR and the Fonds de recherche du Québec Policy for the responsible conduct of research.


5.2   Value of the fellowship

The maximum value of the postdoctoral research fellowship is $45,000.

The duration of the postdoctoral research period is 6 months up to 24 months. An additional year of funding may be granted to a postdoctoral research fellowship holder under certain conditions. This extension may only be requested once.

If the postdoctoral research is being carried out outside Canada, a supplement of $10,000 per year will be granted for a total of $55,000 per year.




6.1    Fellowship period

The fellowship period must begin between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019.

The fellowship is non-transferrable.

The fellowship is not retroactive and any work conducted in the months prior to April 2018 will not be funded.

For applicants who have already begun their research, the fellowship period starts April 1, 2018.


6.2    Fellowship payments

Fellowship instalments must be requested by the fellowship holder for each six-month period, using the e-form provided in the E-portfolio. 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   Presence in the host environment

To retain the fellowship, the fellowship holder must be present in the host environment for the duration of the fellowship and devote himself/herself full-time to carrying out his/her research activities. Failure to respect this rule could result in the withdrawal of the fellowship.  If, under exceptional circumstances, these conditions cannot be respected, the Fonds must be advised as soon as possible and will determine whether the fellowship should be maintained or cancelled.


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 Research-creation support for new academic.


6.5    Parental leave

Pursuant to article 6.13 of the CGR, a fellowship holder may receive a supplement for parental leave during the fellowship period for a maximum of 6 months when the research project is interrupted in the 6 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 6 month paid leave, the leave without pay is reduced to 6 months.


6.6    Reimbursement of travel expenses

The expenses at the start and end of the postdoctoral program to travel to and from the host 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.

Travel expenses outside Québec for the spouse and children of the fellowship holder, at the beginning and end of the postdoctoral fellowship, may also be covered by the Fonds, provided they are not reimbursed by any other agency.


6.7    Production cost supplement

The Fonds offers a supplement of up to $5,000 per year for costs relating to the production, promotion and dissemination of works (studio rental, purchase of materials and supplies, equipment rental, transport costs for works and/or equipment, etc.) on submission of a justification of the expenses with the application form. Variable costs incurred by a non-academic host organization for expenses related to the research-creation project may also be claimed. The organization's fixed costs are not eligible. Expenses will be reimbursed upon the presentation of receipts to the Fonds and providing that they were not reimbursed by another agency. The Fonds also agrees to reimburse the purchase cost of books and reference documents to a maximum of $500 per year. 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.


6.9    Remuneration

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. Note that the same 45-hour teaching assignment given to two groups during the same session constitutes two teaching assignments.

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 host environment

As indicated in article 6.5 of the CGR, 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. Decision to accept or refuse such requests will be communicated via e-mail.

Do you have questions?

Geneviève Godbout

Responsable de programmes

418 643-7582, poste 3135