Candidates must meet eligibility conditions as of the deadline for submitting applications, namely, October 2, 2013, 4 p.m.
Citizenship and residence
Candidates must meet each of the following three conditions:
Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (L.R.C., 2001 ch. 27). (A permanent resident has obtained landed immigrant status without having acquired Canadian citizenship) ;
Have been living in Quebec for at least one year ;
Be residents of Quebec within the meaning of the Quebec Health Insurance Act (L.R.Q. c. A-29).
Persons who maintain their Quebec resident status within the meaning of the Quebec Health Insurance Act in particular those living outside Quebec solely for the purpose of continuing their studies, are deemed to be living in Quebec.
Persons who do not maintain their Quebec resident status and who have been living outside Quebec for fewer than two years after having, for at least five years, been domiciled in Quebec and having been residents within the meaning the Quebec Health Insurance Act are exempt from residence requirements.
Scholarship holders must meet citizenship and residence requirements within the meaning of the Quebec Health Insurance Act.
Candidates who have benefited from a postdoctoral research scholarship from one of the three Quebec funding or federal agencies may not submit another application for this program.
Eligibility period for the scholarship
Postdoctoral research scholarships are intended for new researchers who obtained their doctorate no more than two years prior to the competition deadline or who will have submitted their thesis in January 2016 at the latest, the deadline for holding the fellowship.
The graduation date is considered to be the date at which all of the degree requirements were completed, including the successful completion of the thesis examination and submission of the revised version of the document.
In the case of candidates with more than one doctorate, the date of the first doctorate prevails.
Exceptions in calculating the eligibility period
The only exception to the rules governing the eligibility period for scholarships concerns circumstances beyond the candidate's control, such as a serious illness that forces students to suspend their studies. Supporting documents must be enclosed with the application.
Candidates who interrupt their studies for maternity or parental leave can request an extension of their eligibility period for a maximum of 12 months. Supporting documents must be enclosed with the application.
When the student is a person with a disability as stipulated in the Act to secure the handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (L.R.Q. chapt. E-20.1), the rules pertaining to the eligibility period do not apply. The duration of the scholarship is two years at the Master's level and three years at the Doctoral level. Documents must be then passed on with the demand.
The Fonds may refuse any request not adequately justified.
Postdoctoral research location
The postdoctoral research must be carried out in an institution other than one from which the doctorate was earned. Internationally-recognized research environments located outside Québec are preferred. However, applicants who are not Canadian citizens may not apply for funding to carry out studies or training outside Canada.
The applicant's doctoral supervisors and co-supervisors may not act as his/her postdoctoral supervisor, even if they have changed institutions.
Choosing an evaluation committee
Candidates must choose their evaluation committee, based on their research subject. Other factors are the candidate field of study, program and degree. Once granted, the scholarship cannot be used for research on a subject in a field not covered by the committee that evaluated the application.
A candidate who chooses the multidisciplinary committee (14) must fill out an additional section in which he/she must explain the multidisciplinary aspect of his/her studies program of study.
Candidates who are on a sabbatical or study leave with remuneration that exceeds 50% of their regular salary are not eligible. However, those receiving deferred remuneration are not subject to this restriction.