Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the competition deadline.
3.1 Citizenship and place of residence
In addition to the provisions of Section 2 of the CGR, at the time of submitting a scholarship application, 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 internship application, that a) they have been living in Québec on a regular and daily basis for six months (with the appropriate visas and authorizations) and b) that they are enrolled in a Québec university.
Pursuant to the statements above, Fonds scholarship holders must meet all eligibility requirements throughout the term of the scholarship.
3.2 Internship eligibility requirements
During the internship, the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Master's or doctoral program in a Québec university;
The internship must be conducted in Québec;
During the internship, the applicant must be jointly supervised by the Master's or doctoral research supervisor and a supervisor affiliated with the practice setting.
3.3 Internship conditions
Only one internship can be funded under this program;
The internship must last at least two months, and may be extended to a maximum of six months. It may be carried out in several stages;
The internship must begin no earlier than the fourth semester of enrollment in a full-time Master's or doctoral program;
Internships that are part of the Master's or doctoral program (credits) are not eligible (mandatory internship for graduation);
At the competition deadline, no more than 50% of the internship may already be completed. However, this scholarship is not retroactive. Only the months of internship remaining at the competition deadline can be funded;
On request, the enrollment institution must confirm that insurance coverage is provided during the internship;
Postponement is not permitted, unless an agreement with the pratice environments.
Eligible: Public, parapublic, community or private sector organizations in Québec.
Ineligible: Universities, laboratories, research centres and university institutes.
Should you fail to find an internship location, please consult the List of partners interested in hosting interns.
There are two annual competitions. Application deadlines are April 17 and October 17. For the April 17 competition, the internship must begin by the following March 31. For the October 17 competition, the internship must begin by the following September 30.
APPLICATION FORM AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Before completing an application, 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.
The application must include the following items, transmitted through the E-portfolio in the sections intended for that purpose or in the "Autres documents" section where applicable:
A duly completed application form, available in the E-portfolio and completed via the the website (3 pages);
A letter of support from your Master's or doctoral research supervisor (1 page);
A letter of support from the internship supervisor of your practice setting (1 page);
A copy of the most recent official transcript;
RAMQ CARD OR OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENT (APPROPRIATE VISAS AND AUTORIZATIONS): A copy of the applicant's valid Québec health insurance (RAMQ) card or other official document proving that the applicant is domiciled in Québec, as set out 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 other official document;
The funding application must be completed in French or English.
Applications are evaluated on their intrinsic worth. They must contain all information required for their evaluation. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his/her application is complete, and to transmit it to the Fonds within the prescribed time.
DO NOT FORGET TO TRANSMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION.
At any time, applicants may verify in their E-portfolio that their application has been successfully transmitted. The application file in "Mes formulaires" must be flagged as "Transmis au Fonds" before the closing date and time of the competition.
Internship (50 points)
Objectives and relevance of the internship
Appropriateness of the internship with respect to the program of study
Added value of the internship (for the host environment and for the applicant)
Time frame (20 points)
Host environment and supervision (30 points)
Applicants are advised to consult the Scores and Ratings Grid used by the evaluation committees. To be recommended, an application must obtain an overall score of 70% or more. In addition, a score of 70% is required for the "Internship" criterion.
All applications received will be assessed for eligibility by the FRQSC before being submitted to the evaluation committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the evaluation committee has the right to declare an application ineligible if it considers that the application does not meet the program conditions and objectives.
It also recommends the funding period based on the proposed time frame and the objectives of the internship. Consequently, the recommended length of the internship may differ from that indicated in the application.
The number of recommended applications that receive funding will depend on the availability of FRQSC funding for the program.
TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship holders must continue to be enrolled as full-time students in their program of study for the duration of the internship.
The start and end dates of the internship may be changed by submitting a "Demande de modification" (request for change) form, which must be accepted by the Fonds. The proposed changes must meet all eligibility conditions and cannot change the nature of the internship presented and evaluated in the initial application.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMPETITION RESULTS
The results of the April 17 competition will be announced at the beginning of June.
The results of the October 17 competition will be announced at the beginning of January.
RULES GOVERNING STACKING OF SCHOLARSHIPS
BSMP recipients are not eligible for the Soutien aux cotutelles Québec-France program or other Government of Québec or Government of Canada mobility programs during the same period. Students funded under the mobility support program (Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur in collaboration with universities) can claim only the difference between the value of the mobility scholarship and funding received under the BSMP program.
Stacking is possible with awards from the Fonds de recherche Société et culture and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
BSMP recipients agree to submit to the Fonds, no later than one month after the end of the internship, a report summarizing the work done and the extent to which the objectives were achieved. The internship supervisor must complete the section of the form provided for this purpose, detailing the successes and/or failures and the benefits of the internship as perceived by him/herself and the practice environment.