Candidates must meet eligibility conditions as of the deadline for submitting applications.
Citizenship and place of domicile
To be eligible for a master's or doctoral research scholarship, candidates must have been enrolled at a Québec university on a full-time basis (or equivalent) for 2 of the 3 academic sessions prior to the competition deadline, OR have a valid Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ.
To use a training award for studies outside Québec, the candidate must have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ AND be a Canadian citizen at the time of application.
Candidates who do not have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ, or who are not Canadian citizens at the time of application, must pursue their studies in Québec. Their continuous physical presence in Québec is required throughout the duration of funding, apart from break periods listed in the university calendar.
Candidates who become FRQNT scholarship holders must meet their requirements relative to citizenship and place of domicile 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.
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 six years (18 sessions) cannot apply for the current competition for starting or continuing a Master's or Doctoral program.
Students may hold an award or scholarship from only one Fonds.
The rules governing scholarship eligibility periods take into account sessions (Master's and Doctoral level) completed before May 1st, 2020 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 is eligible for the Master's research scholarships (B1X) during the first six sessions of his graduate studies program. As a result, these first six study sessions can only be funded by a master's scholarship. 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 (B2X) to fund subsequent sessions. 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 (B1X) or fifteenth session (B2X).
The choice of scholarship (Master's and/or Doctorate) is the responsibility of the candidate. No changes can be made after the competition closing date.
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 a Doctoral research scholarship for twelve (12) consecutive sessions of Doctoral studies (or the equivalent) during the first fifteen (15) sessions of the Doctoral program. However, the eleventh (11th) and twelfth (12th) sessions of funding are contingent on the submission of the Doctoral thesis before the end of the twelfth session of funding. In all cases, no funding will be granted after the student's fifteenth (15th) 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 (B1X 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 per leave.
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
To use a training award for studies outside Québec, the candidate 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.
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 attach a one-page document to the form, in the section "Autres documents", explaining the multidisciplinary aspect of the program of study.
The candidate is responsible for choosing his/her evaluation committee. No changes can be made after the competition closing date.
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 (A2X)
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 (B1X-B2X).