The scholarship holders have to conform to all the rules described in detail in the Scholarship Holder's Guide.
To use a training award for postdoctoral studies outside Québec, the scholarship holder must be a Canadian citizen and have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ at the time of application as set out in Section 3 of these rules.
The scholarship period must begin between May 1st, 2020 and January 15th, 2021.
Unless exceptional circumstances exist, the scholarship cannot be carried over from one year to the next. For candidates who have begun the program of study, the period of use begins in May 2019.
The scholarship is not retroactive and research prior to May 2020 cannot be financed.
The scholarship holder must be present at the postdoctoral research site throughout the duration of the scholarship.
Excluding the exceptional cases relating to part-time studies as outlined in the scholarship holder's guide (disabled persons, family caregivers and parents), at the time the scholarship is received, scholarship holder must be dedicated full time to his research activities.
Scholarships are granted for a maximum period of two years, subject to presentation of a progress report deemed satisfactory by the program administrator.
To make any changes to his/her study program, project or location, the grant holder must first submit a request as prescribed in the Scholarship Holder's Guide.
Value of the scholarship
The FRQNT Board of Directors reserves the right to modify the value of scholarships at any time, without notice, notably in accordance with the credits annually allocated by the Assemblée nationale du Québec, its strategic priorities and budgetary process.
The annual value of the postdoctoral research scholarship is $45 000. A supplement of $10,000 is granted to the scholarship holder whose research is conducted abroad. The Fonds de recherche – Nature et technologies considers that the research is conducted abroad if it is performed in an institution outside Canada. Research is also considered abroad if it is performed in an institution outside Quebec located more than 250 km outside of the province of Quebec borders.
The minimum duration of postdoctoral research is six months and the maximum 24 months with the possibility of a 3rd year following the evaluation of an application for renewal.
The applicant may receive up to six payments during his/her eligibility period (24 months). Each payment covers a four-month period (one session).
Scholarship holders whose postdoctoral research is conducted abroad and who have obtained formal assurance of a future position in a research center or a university in Quebec upon completion of postdoctoral training may receive an increase of up to 50% of the scholarship to cover the cost of living. To obtain this supplement, scholarship holders must, at the time of the presentation of the application, include in their supporting documents a letter from the director of the research center or the head of the department confirming that they have been hired.
Convertibility of Scholarship
Scholarship holders, who obtain a position as a regular professor in a Quebec university, may, after having completed one full year of studies, request permission to use part of the scholarship as a start-up grant. A maximum amount of $15 000 may be converted into a grant. The rules governing the use of this grant are the same as those governing the « Établissement de la relève professorale » program.
Reimbursement of travel expenses
According to rules presented in a way more detailed in the guide for scholarship holders, the travel expenses at the beginning and at the end the postdoctoral research are assumed by the Fonds, on condition that they are not already paid off by the other bodies. For the scholarship holder whose thesis is not supported yet, an additional reimbursement of travel expenses can be granted.
Holding several scholarships concurrently (cumulation)
According to rules presented in a way more detailed in the guide for scholarship holders:
The Fonds provides additional funding based on merit. The current rule pertaining to the cumulation of scholarships guarantees that the scholarship recipient will not receive less than what he would have received if he had only obtained a scholarship from the Fonds.
Candidates who receive a scholarship from a private source, including universities, research chairs, consortiums, private international and foreign foundations, governments of other Canadian provinces and of foreign governments, may combine this support source with a Fonds scholarship if allowed under these instances' rules governing combined scholarships.
Regardless of the exceptions relative to the paid work described in the guide for scholarship holders, scholarship holders may accept a job that does not exceed the maximum hours per semester allowed by your institution, provided their supervisor is in agreement and that these activities do 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 cumulation is permitted.
If you interrupt your studies for the birth or adoption of a child, you may request parental leave. Parental leave may not exceed twelve months, or the equivalent of three academic terms. It may begin during the term the birth or adoption is expected and end no later than one year after the child's birth. Notwithstanding Article 6.13 of the Common General Rules, paid parental leave is available for a period of eight months. However, you must have already started at least one session as a holder of the FRQNT grant to receive paid parental leave. It is important to note that only one parental leave is granted per birth or adoption.