Scholarship holders must request a payment at the start of each session.
Scholarship holders must be registered as full-time students in the master's or doctoral program for which the scholarship was granted for the entire duration of the scholarship period. In order to receive the payments, scholarship holders must also meet all funding conditions, especially those pertaining to paid work hours and citizenship and residence, during the scholarship period.
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 start date
The scholarship start date is the session in which the scholarship holder may request his/her first payment.
For scholarship holders who had not started their study program at the time the scholarship was awarded:
Mandatory start date: summer, fall or winter
The scholarship period must begin between May 1, 2014, and January 15, 2015. Barring exceptional circumstances, the scholarship cannot be carried over from one year to the next..
For scholarship holders whose study program was already underway at the time the scholarship was awarded:
Offers prior to May 1
Scholarships awarded before May 1, 2014, come into effect in the 2014 summer session.
Offers on or after May 1
Scholarships awarded on May 1, 2014, or later come into effect in the 2014 summer session or the 2014 fall session at the latest. For scholarships awarded after May 1, 2014, payments may be issued retroactively beginning in the 2014 summer session if the scholarship holder meets all payment requirements.
The scholarship is not retroactive and sessions prior to summer 2014 will not be funded.
7.2 Scholarship period
The scholarship period is the time in which a scholarship holder may receive scholarship payments.
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.
The scholarship period for a doctoral scholarship is limited to the first fifteen sessions of the doctoral program for which the scholarship was granted.
Fast-tracking to a doctorate
For eligible applicants directly admitted to a doctoral program after their undergraduate studies and applicants who have fast-tracked to the doctoral level without earning a master's, the scholarship is valid only for the first 18 sessions of the doctoral program in which they are registered.
7.3 Duration of the scholarship
The duration of the scholarship is the number of payments that a scholarship holder may claim during the scholarship period (see section 7.2 Scholarship period).
The duration of the scholarship cannot exceed the scholarship period.
The duration of the scholarship is based in the start and end dates of the study program, as stated in the scholarship holder's application.
Modifying 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 1.4 of the Common Rules and Regulations, the Fonds will help fund 15 graduate sessions. Sessions funded by agencies subject to the rules for concurrent funding 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.
7.3.1 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 to begin a doctoral program. 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. 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. However, students who receive a postdoctoral scholarship may not claim doctoral scholarship payments.
7.4 Cumulation of scholarships
The Fonds grants funding that is complementary to grants received from other public or aid organizations based on merit. It is therefore prohibited to receive concurrent funding from:
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 programs may select only one.
When the Fonds awards a scholarship of longer duration that one that cannot be held concurrently, the scholarship holder may receive complementary funding to make up the shortfall. 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 whose annual value is higher than that of a scholarship that cannot be held concurrently, the student may receive complementary funding to make up the shortfall for the duration of the Fonds scholarship.
Cumulation 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 cumulation is allowed by these organizations. When a funding agency limits the amounts that can be cumulated, 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.
Loans and bursaries from the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec (MELS) may be cumulated with Fonds scholarships.
Scholarship holders who are awarded a scholarship under the Concerted Actions program (Actions concertées) the Fonds Société et culture and who hold a regular master's or doctoral scholarship must choose between the two.
7.5 Paid work
A scholarship holder must carry out his/her research program on a full-time basis.
150 hours limit : A scholarship holder may accept employment of up to 150 hours per academic session, provided his/her research director does not object and the employment does not interfere with the research program. For the purpose of this rule, teaching a 45-hour college- or university-level course is equivalent to 150 hours of employment.
Particular case : The salary received by a student to work exclusively on his/her research project is considered a scholarship that may be cumulated.
Particular case : 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.