Changes to program rules

At the meeting of the board of directors on June 17, members approved the proposed amendments to the rules of a number of scholarship and grant programs. Here is an overview of these changes. 





  • A clarification was made regarding the time limit required to consult the portfolio submitted to the review committee (15 to 20 minutes). 



- Master's Research Scholarships (B1), Doctoral Research Scholarships (B2) and Scholarships to Re-Enter the Research Community (A2)

  • Applicants must have been registered in a Québec university on a full-time basis (or equivalent) for at least two sessions in the three sessions prior to the competition deadline OR have a valid health insurance card issued by the Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) or proof of RAMQ eligibility.
  • The term of the scholarship for students who are fast-tracked to a doctorate was reduced from 18 to 15 sessions. 
  • For doctoral award recipients, the limit on the number of hours worked between the 11th and 12th funded sessions was lifted. 
  • Partnership scholarships are now offered (with the Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec). 

- Postdoctoral scholarships (B3 and B5)

  • Clarifications were made to the rule on the scholarship recipient's presence in the internship setting on a full-time basis (four weeks of annual vacation leave, formal co-supervision required for internships lasting over six months). 
  • The process to award a third year of scholarship funding was detailed (submission of a PhD research knowledge mobilization, transfer and dissemination plan to the Fonds in the second year of funding). 
  • The payment period was shortened from six to four months, as it is under other scholarship programs. 

- The eligibility criteria for applicants and internships under the Scholarship for Internships in a Practice Setting (BSMP) program were clarified.  

- The Doctoral Research Scholarships Program for Foreign Students (DS) will not be renewed.

- A new program will be launched: Introduction to Research Scholarships for College Students (BIRC)



  • Notices and letters of intent under the Research Support for New Academics and Research Team Support programs no longer require institutional approval before submission to the Fonds. 
  • Notwithstanding the changes to 1 i) of the Common general rules, a doctoral degree is still required to be eligible for the Research Support for New Academics program. However, the degree is no longer required under the Research-Creation Support for New Academics program. 
  • The eligibility period for both funding programs for new academics is now the same (i.e. less than five years after qualifying for a faculty position leading to tenure). 
  • When the project submitted under the Research-Creation Support program (team and individual) is related to a project funded under a previous Research-Creation Support program competition, the applicants must demonstrate the added-value of further funding. 
  • The rules of the Research Team Support program were revised. There are now two development stages (new team and renewal team) and new corresponding amounts. The criteria were also adjusted. 
  • The rules of the Strategic Clusters program, which has been open online since January, were amended to reflect the new statuses set out in the Common General Rules (sections 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 4.2, 6.2.2).