Candidates must meet eligibility conditions as of the deadline for submitting applications, namely, October 2, 2013, until 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 Act (L.R.C. 2001, ch.27);
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.
Accordance with paragraph 4, candidates who become FRQNT scholarship holders must meet citizenship and residence requirements for the duration of the scholarship.
Minimum cumulative average
Candidates for a Master's scholarship must have an average equal or superior to 3.55 or the equivalent for their undergraduate degree. Candidates whose average is less than the minimum cumulative average are not eligible. Candidates may consult the equivalency table for minimum cumulative average (Tableau des équivalences pour la moyenne minimale requise) where applicable.
In the case of candidates who are changing careers, grades from degrees unrelated to the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought are not considered. However, a degree used as the basis for admission to a Master's or Doctoral program is deemed to be relevant. Transcripts for these grades must be enclosed with the file.
It should be noted that:
Candidates cannot apply for the scholarship for preparatory studies.
Candidates with Ph.D.s are not eligible for a Master's scholarship.
Candidates who have already received financial assistance from a recognized funding agency, (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, les Fonds de recherche du Québec, etc.) over a period totaling five years (15 sessions) cannot apply for the current competition for starting or continuing a Master's or Doctoral program.
The rules governing scholarship eligibility periods take into account sessions (Master's and Doctoral level) completed before May 1, 2014 whether funded or not.
The Fonds considers part-time or unregistered sessions in calculating the eligibility period, provided the registrar's attestations are enclosed with the candidate's file. Candidates must verify whether they are eligible for the competition by consulting the equivalency table for terms taken or a non-registered or part-time basis (Tableau des équivalences pour les sessions sans inscription ou effectuées à temps partiel).
To determine the funding period for the Master's or Doctoral level, the Fonds takes also into account the number of sessions during which the candidate received financial assistance from all recognized funding agencies so that total funding does not exceed 15 sessions.
Master's scholarship eligibility period
A candidate is eligible for the Master's research scholarships competition during the first six sessions of his/her Master's degree (or the equivalent). The sessions completed in a Master's program (or the equivalent) prior to the effective date of the scholarship will be deducted from the duration of the funding. No funding will be ranted after a student's sixth session in a Master's program.
Scholarship holders who go on to the Doctoral level without having used all the instalments of their Master's scholarship can use them to begin their Doctoral program. However, they have to successfully compete in the Doctoral scholarship competition in order to receive the subsequent nine scholarship instalments.
Qualifying period for students who proceed directly from a Bachelor's to a Doctoral program and for students who fast-track from a Master's into a Doctoral program
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 Master's scholarships competition (B1) during the first six sessions of his/her graduate studies program. In this case, the value of the master's scholarship will be increased to be of the same value as the doctoral scholarship. A candidate must apply to the PhD scholarships competition (B2) during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th years of his/her graduate studies (sessions 7 to 15). The sessions completed in a program prior to the effective date of the scholarship will be deducted from the duration of the funding. No funding will be granted after a candidate's sixth (B1) or fifteenth session (B2).
A candidate who holds a Master's degree when beginning his/her Doctoral studies must apply to the Doctoral scholarships competition.
Doctoral scholarship eligibility period
A candidate is eligible for the Doctoral research scholarships competition during the first nine sessions of his/her Doctoral degree (or the equivalent). The sessions followed in a Doctoral program (or the equivalent) prior to the effective date of the scholarship will be deducted from the duration of the funding. No funding will be granted after a student's ninth session in a Doctoral program.
A scholarship recipient beginning his/her post Doctoral research and who has not used his/her entire scholarship may transfer the payments in order to start his/her post Doctoral research.
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. Exceptions cannot be made to justify cumulative averages of less than the minimum cumulative average for Master's scholarship (B1 competition) applications.
Candidates who interrupt their studies for maternity or parental leave can request an extension of their eligibility period for a maximum of 12 months.
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.
Place where scholarship is used
The Fonds puts no restrictions on the place of study. However, candidates who do not have Canadian citizenship are not eligible for a scholarship outside Canada.
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.
Additional eligibility conditions for candidates re-entering the research community (A2)
At the deadline for submitting applications, candidates for a scholarship for re-entering the research community (A2) must have had an undergraduate or graduate degree for at least five years and not have been subsequently enrolled in a university program. However, candidates may register for their first study session on the date they apply.
Rules governing the duration of Master's and Doctoral funding for scholarships for re-entering the research community are the same as those for regular Fonds programs (B1-B2).