Must meet all eligibility conditions as at the date of the closing of the competition, namely, November 1st, 2013.
Must have been preselected by a university or the Trans-Tech network (for CCTTs), TERI University, the Mexican DER or CONACYT as at September 30th, 2013.
To the Québec-China program must be preselected by the China Scolarship Council as at March 31st, 2014.
Cannot have already received a merit scholarship for foreign students from Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MERST), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture..
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-Wallonie 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 et des Communautés culturelles du Québec (MICC) and a student visa issued by the Canadian Consulate valid for the entire duration of their scholarship.
Postdoctoral fellowship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M) or short-term research or professional development (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3M, 3W) scholarship recipients must:
Have a work visa issued by the Canadian Consulate for the entire duration of their fellowship or 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 MELS 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 7 to 15).
The maximum duration of the scholarship is three years (nine sessions), with a possible extension of up to 12 months.
Postdoctoral fellowship component (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M)
Postdoctoral fellowship scholarships are intended for researchers who obtained their degree no more than two years before the deadline for the competition or who submitted their dissertation by January 2015 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. The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any request that is not sufficiently justified.