- Choose a Québec University and a director (doctoral degree) or a research supervisor (postdoctoral and short term research) who accepts to supervise your research project and recommend your preselection to the university or to the Réseau Trans-tech.
- Preselection of candidates by a Québec university, the Réseau Trans-Tech (the Network of College Centers for the Transfer of Technologies), the China Scholarship Council (CSC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE), TERI University, the National Science and Technology Council of Mexico (CONACYT). Consult the deadlines to present an application for these organizations on the FRQNT Web site.
- Deadline – preselection at FRQNT for the applications recommended by a Québec university, the Réseau Trans-tech, TERI University, Mexican SRE or CONACYT: September 23rd, 2015.
- Deadline – preselection at FRQNT for the recommended applications from CSC: March 31st, 2016.
- Deadline – submitting e-form application and required documents for preselected candidates: November 1st, 2014 at Midnight (coordinated universal time UTC-5 Est time zone).
- Deadline – preselection of applications for scholarships for candidates preselected by the CSC: May 31st, 2016 at Midnight (coordinated universal time UTC-5 Est time zone).
- Announcement of results for all Programs : End of March 2016
- Announcement of results for the students recommended by CSC: June 2016.
The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) is responsible for managing the program. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MEESR) which provides the funding. The program has a component open to students of all countries and five specific components reserved for students from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Wallonia. These specific components arise from agreement concluded between Québec and foreign governments.
The objective of the Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Québec's institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote Québec universities and College Centers for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT), abroad.
The Programs cover higher education as a whole by giving to the CCTT researchers and administrators the opportunity to participate.
In a more generic way, the attribution of scholarships for foreign students aims at creating cultural links and allowing the setting up of possible common scientific research projects.
The Programs also represents an instrument for MEESR to support the Government of Québec's scientific policy.
These scholarships are intended for foreign students or researchers from all research sectors (health, humanities and social sciences, arts and letters, natural sciences, and engineering) preselected by a Québec university, the Réseau Trans-Tech, the China Scholarship Council (CSC), TERI University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE) or the National Science and Technology Council of Mexico (CONACYT) to begin or continue studies or research activities in Québec. There is no privileged research sector.
4. Features of the scholarships
The Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students has three components:
- Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W);
- Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M);
- Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3M, 3W)
Value of Scholarships
In addition to the scholarship, MEESR offers all scholarship recipients an exemption from paying the higher tuition fees required of foreign students and the medical insurance coverage offered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
Value of scholarships for each component:
Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W): $25,000 a year. The duration of the scholarship is three years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months (monthly allowance of $1,000).
Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M): $35,000 for one year (cannot be renewed).
Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3M, 3W): $3,000 a month for a period of up to four months.
All countries scholarships
Doctoral research scholarships(V1)
Postdoctoral scholarships (V2)
Short-term research or professional development scholarships(V3)
Québec-Brazil Doctoral research scholarships (1B)
Québec-Brazil Postdoctoral scholarships (2B)
Québec-Brazil Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3B)
Québec-China Doctoral research scholarships (1C)
Québec-China Postdoctoral scholarships (2C)
Québec-China Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3C)
Québec-India Doctoral research scholarships (1I)
Québec-India Postdoctoral scholarships (2I)
Québec-India Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3I)
Québec-Mexico Doctoral research scholarships (1M)
Québec-Mexico Postdoctoral scholarships (2M)
Québec-Mexico Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3M)
Québec-Wallonia Doctoral research scholarships (1W)
Québec-Wallonia Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3W)
5. Eligibility conditions and citizenship
- Must meet all eligibility conditions at the closing date of the competition, namely, November 1st, 2015 (a different closing date has to be confirmed for the students preselected by CSC).
- Must have been preselected by a university, the Réseau Trans-Tech (a CCTT), TERI University, the SER or CONACYT before September 23rd, 2015.
- To the scholarship Québec-China program must be preselected by the CSC before March 31st, 2016.
- Cannot have already received a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from MEESR, FRQNT or Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).
- Cannot be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- Cannot have applied for permanent resident status under Canadian immigration law.
Restriction for programs of study
- Double doctoral degree programs are not admissible.
- Québec-Wallonia scholarship applicants must have studied in a French-language university institution in Belgium AT THE TIME THEY ARE GRANTED THEIR SCHOLARSHIP.
Doctoral research (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W) scholarship recipients must:
- Have a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) issued by the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion du Québecand a student permit issued by the Canadian Consulate valid for the entire duration of their scholarship.
Postdoctoral scholarship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M) or short-term research or professional development scholarship (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3M, 3W) recipients must:
- Have a working permit issued by the Canadian Consulate for the entire duration of their scholarship.
Doctoral research component (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W)
The doctoral research scholarships are intended for post-graduate students.
Candidates are eligible for doctoral merit program scholarships from MEESR in the first nine sessions of their doctoral studies. All doctoral sessions, funded or unfunded, completed before the scholarship takes effect, are used in calculating the eligibility period.
A candidate admitted into a doctoral program from a bachelor's program and one who fast-tracks into a doctoral program without writing a thesis must apply to the PhD scholarships competition (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W) to obtain the scholarship during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th years of his/her graduate studies (sessions 7th to 15th).
The maximum duration of the scholarship is three years (nine sessions), with a possible extension of up to 12 months.
Postdoctoral component (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M)
Postdoctoral scholarship are intended for researchers who have obtained their degree no more than two years before the deadline of the competition or who submitted their dissertation by January 2017 at the latest, the deadline for the beginning of scholarship use.
Postdoctoral research must be conducted in an institution other than the one that granted the Doctorate. The applicant's doctoral supervisors and co-supervisors may not act as his/her postdoctoral supervisor, even if they have changed institutions.
The duration of this scholarship is one year. This scholarship is not renewable.
A scholarship of lesser duration can be granted if the duration of the research is less than 12 months.
Short-term research or professional development component (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3M, 3W)
Short-term research or professional development scholarships are intended for technical and university students (option A) or researchers who have completed a doctorate no more than five years before the deadline for the competition (option B).
The research or professional development must be conducted in an institution other than the one at which the student was enrolled when he or she applied.
The duration of this scholarship is four months. The scholarship is not renewable. A scholarship of lesser duration can be granted if the duration of the research is less than four months.
Exceptional measures concerning calculation of the eligibility period
The only exception to the rules governing the eligibility period concerns circumstances beyond the candidate's control.
Candidates who suspend their studies due to maternity or parental leave can request an extension of their eligibility period for a maximum of 12 months. FRQNT reserves the right to refuse any request that is not sufficiently justified.
11. Awarding of scholarships and announcement of results
Awarding of scholarships
Scholarships are offered on excellence basis.
The scholarship holders are selected by multidisciplinary committees formed by professors-researchers.
Scholarships are offered according to the available budget.
Announcement of results
Results are announced by e-mail at the end of March. Candidates can access the letter of announcement in their application e-file. Each candidate is then informed of his/her ranking and can print the letter of announcement.
Contacting members of the committees, who are subject to rules of confidentiality, is strictly prohibited.
Decisions are final and cannot be appealed. There is no review process.
12. Rules for using scholarships
The scholarship holders have to conform to all the rules described in detail in the scholarship holder's guide.
ATTENTION: Please note that to be awarded the scholarship, FRQNT has to receive a copy of the student permit (for doctorate student) or a copy of the work permit (for postdoctoral and short term research and professional development scholarship).
At the time candidates receive the scholarship instalments, they must be dedicated full-time to the program of study, research, or professional development for which they were awarded the scholarship.
Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the eligibility period, subject to presentation of progress reports deemed satisfactory for each full year of funding in the case of doctoral research (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W) scholarships, and at the midpoint of the funding period in the case of postdoctoral scholarship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M).
Period for using scholarships
The scholarship period must begin between May 1st, 2016, and January 15th, 2017.
Scholarships cannot be carried over from one year. It is therefore not possible to delay the scholarship starting date after January 15th, 2017.
Doctoral research (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1M, 1W) scholarships are not retroactive and sessions completed before summer 2016 cannot be financed.
Place where scholarship is used
Scholarship recipients must attend the Quebec university or the CCTT at which they were preselected and study or conduct research in Québec.
Double doctoral degree programs are not admissible.
Rules regarding concurrent scholarships
Holding several scholarships concurrently is not permitted in the case of:
Scholarships granted by government departments or by Canadian or Québec government grant agencies.
Holding several scholarships concurrently is permitted in the case of:
Scholarships from the private sector, the government of the scholarship recipient's country of origin, and university scholarships.
Regardless of the exceptions relative to the paid work described in the scholarship holder's guide, scholarship holders may accept a job that does not represent more than 150 hours per session, provided their supervisor is in agreement. These activities can not hinder their research program.
The salary that students receive from their supervisor for working solely on their research project is considered a scholarship for which concurrency is permitted.
13. False or misleading information
Under the Act respecting the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (CQLR, c. M-15,1,0,1), any applicant who gives false or misleading information to obtain or procure financial support is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine. If found guilty, the individual is barred from receiving financial support for a period of up to five years.
Where a legal person commits an offence, every director or representative of that legal person who was aware of the offence is deemed to be a party to the offence and is liable to a fine, unless he proves to the satisfaction of the court that he did not acquiesce to the commission of the offence. In addition, such a statement constitutes a breach of responsible conduct in research (Politique du Fonds en matière d'éthique).
The FRQNT reserves the right to impose any sanction or supplementary measure deemed useful, and initiate legal proceedings to obtain reimbursement of fraudulently obtained amounts and a compensation for suffered damages.
14. Research ethics and conformity
All research projects involving human subjects; biological materials; administrative, scientific or descriptive data from human subjects; animals or animal parts, products or tissues require the approval of the research ethics board of the principal applicant's institution (Common Rules and Regulations, section 5.3). Furthermore, if applicable, scholarship holders must indicate on their application form any environmental impacts of their research project and employ reasonable efforts to minimize them. To that purpose, they must obtain any necessary permits and authorizations before starting the project.
15. Responsabilities of FRQNT
FRQNT is not liable for any direct or indirect injury arising from processing of scholarships, bursaries or other applications, and, without limiting the generality of the above, is not liable for any direct or indirect injury arising from unauthorized disclosure by FRQNT of the information contained in candidates' files. Despite all the precautions taken by FRQNT to protect information that must be kept confidential, certain countries to which information is transmitted may not have security procedures such as asymmetric cryptography or encryption.
Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information
FRQNT is subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (R.S.Q., c. A-2.1). The data required are collected, used and preserved in accordance with the requirements of this law.
Applicants can obtain further information on access procedures, the protection of personal information and the recourse rights provided for in the Act by sending a duly signed letter to or appearing in person before the person responsible at FRQNT for the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information.
Responsible for access to documents and protection of personal information:
Mylène Deschênes, B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M.
Advisor, Ethics and Legal Affairs
16. General considerations
MEESR reserves the right to change the value of scholarships and the Programs rules described in this document without notice.
The granting of scholarships and the respect for the financial commitments by FRQNT is conditional to the payment of the subsidy necessary to finance the programs.