Under the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (MDEIE, June 2010), the MDEIE grants supplemental sums to Québec's Fonds de recherche to help develop and consolidate the international initiatives undertaken by research centres, strategic clusters and networks of excellence. The Fonds Société et Culture will allocate $480 000 to support the international mobility of research students. Available for a limited time, this measure grants $15 000 to each strategic cluster for scholarships awarded based on internal selection and evaluation criteria for international internships of at least two (2) months. The amount ($15 000) will therefore fund a total of six (6) months of internship. The value of each individual scholarship will depend on the length of the internship and help cover the student's travel and living expenses. Strategic clusters supported by the Fonds may submit the application(s) of one or several students, including the application of an international student who will carry out an internship with cluster researchers. Applications may be submitted any time between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013.
The program aims to foster the international mobility of doctoral students whose research activities are in line with the objectives and research priorities of the strategic clusters. The internships constitute an additional tool to reinforce the
international initiatives of strategic clusters as part of new or continuing research projects and partnerships.
All strategic clusters that receive 2011-2012 funding are eligible.
The scholarships for international internships are available to full-time doctoral students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents registered in a Québec university as well as for full-time doctoral students registered in a university located outside Canada. Their research must be in line with the program or priorities of a strategic cluster.
Students registered in joint programs may not use this scholarship to travel to or carry out work at one of their home universities.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents
All applicants must meet these three requirements:
Be registered as a full-time student in a doctoral program in a Québec university;
Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident under the Immigration and RefugeeProtection Act (2001, ch. 27). A permanent resident is an individual who has been granted landing in Canada without Canadian citizenship;
Be living in Québec for at least one year;
Be a resident of Québec under the Act respecting the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (L.R.Q.c.A-29) and the Taxation Act.
An individual who remains a resident of Québec under the Act respecting the Régie de l'assurance maladie and is living outside the province while pursuing his/her studies is deemed to be a resident of Québec.
An individual who does not remain a resident of Québec under the Act respecting the Régie de l'assurance maladie and has lived outside Québec for less than two years after having resided in Québec for at least five years according to the aforementioned act is exempt from the requirements pertaining to Québec residency when submitting an application.
Required documents to be sent to the Fonds (Canadian citizens and permanent residents)
Proof of registration as a full-time student in a doctoral program in a Québec university at the time the application is filed;
Photocopy of a valid Québec health insurance card or any other official documents attesting to the applicant's permanent resident status under the Health Insurance
Act and the Regulation respecting eligibility and registration of persons in respect of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec;
For permanent residents: a photocopy of the permanent residence card or confirmation of landing (IMM 1000 or IMM 5292).
All applicants must meet these three requirements:
Be registered in a university located outside Canada;
Not be registered in a joint program with a Québec university;
Carry out an internship as a member of one of Québec's strategic clusters.
Required documents to be sent to the Fonds (international students)
Proof of registration as a full-time student in a doctoral program in a university located outside Canada at the time the application is filed;
Place of tenure
The internships must be carried out in a priority country or region, as set out in Québec's International Policy (MRI, 2006): France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Italy, Wallonia-Brussels, Flanders, Israel and Catalonia. The internships may also be carried out as part of multilateral projects or the European Union's 6th or 7th Framework Program.
Strategic clusters applying to the program must send the following required documents to the Fonds by March 31, 2013:
Application e-form, duly filled out and submitted by the director of the strategic cluster. The e-form may be downloaded from the Useful documents section and must specify the student's name and study program, the internship project and its duration and relevance to the cluster's program or research priorities;
A letter from the director of the strategic cluster describing the merit-based process to select the applicant and the links between the cluster and the host institution or with the applicant's home institution (for an international applicant);
A letter of support from the host institution (for Québec students carrying out an internship abroad);
All required documents listed in section 3.
Any missing documents will require justification.
The applications will be assessed by the strategic clusters according to an internal process based on these criteria:
Academic excellence and the applicant's research skills;
Relevance of the project to the research program or priorities set out by the strategic cluster;
Relevance of the internship project to the strategic cluster's international initiatives.
Awarding of the scholarships and announcement of the results
The scholarships will be awarded by the strategic clusters. The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any application that does not meet the eligibility requirements set out in this program. The Fonds also reserves the right to refuse any application selected by a strategic cluster according to a process that does not meet Fonds requirements or which is not adequately detailed. Once the Fonds approves the selection, the strategic cluster will announce the results to the applicants.
Terms of the scholarship
The scholarship period must begin by March 31, 2014.
Value of the scholarship
A lump sum to cover six (6) months of internship, which may be awarded as one or several scholarships, will be granted to each of the strategic clusters funded by the Fonds. The value of each scholarship will be based on the length of the proposed internship: $2 500/month will be given to each scholarship recipient to cover travel and living expenses in whole or in part. Each internship must last at least two months. The strategic cluster may supplement the amount provided by the Fonds.
Each cluster may submit one application by an international student. The same assessment, internship period and scholarship value rules apply to this application.
A final report on the activities carried out during the internship must be submitted to the Fonds within the six months following the end of the internship.
The final report e-form is available in the Useful documents section.
Responsibility of the Fonds
The Fonds Société et Culture is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages resulting from the processing of any application with regards to a scholarship, grant or any other type of request. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Fonds Société et Culture is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of any information contained in an application. Despite all of the precautions that the Fonds Société et Culture takes to preserve the confidentiality of the information that must remain as such, certain countries to which the information is communicated may not follow the same protection processes (e.g.: asymmetric cryptography, enciphering, etc.).
Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information
The Fonds Société et Culture is subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (R.S.Q., chapter A- 2.1). The mandatory data is gathered, used and kept in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
The applicant should contact the person who oversees access at the Fonds Société et Culture for information on the access procedure, the protection of personal information and the rights of recourse stipulated in the Act.
All Fonds programs must be approved by the government, and all funds are dependent on the granting of government credits. The Fonds Société et Culture reserves the right to modify the value of the grants and the program rules detailed in this document without notice.