Scholarship holders must comply with 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 1, 2021 and January 15, 2022.
Barring exceptional circumstances, the scholarship cannot be carried over from one year to the next. For applicants who have begun the program of study, the period of use begins on May 1, 2021.
The scholarship is not retroactive and months of research completed prior to May 2021 cannot be funded.
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), scholarship holders must be dedicated full time to their research activities.
Scholarships are granted for a 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 scholarship holder must submit a request as prescribed in the Scholarship Holder's Guide.
Duration of the scholarship
The minimum duration of postdoctoral research is six months and the maximum is 2 years with the possibility of a 3rd year following the evaluation of a renewal application.
To be eligible, the renewal application must be submitted within the final seven (7) months of the FRQNT scholarship.
A renewal application submitted after the end of the FRQNT scholarship is not eligible.
An application is considered to be submitted for the application deadline following the submission of the form.
No change in research environment will be permitted between the submission of the renewal application and the end of the third year of funding.
The application for mis available on the FRQNT website. It must be completed and submitted electronically before one of the deadlines indicated below.
The postdoctoral supervisor must complete a letter of support from his or her user account on the FRQNT website. The letter must state the reasons why a third year of funding is necessary.
There are three evaluations per year and three deadlines for submitting a renewal application. These are:
June 1; and
The evaluation criteria for the renewal application are as follows:
The progress of the project in light of the methodology and discipline (30%);
The relevance and added value of an additional year (30%);
The potential for success (30%); and
The publications, conferences and other presentations since the start of FRQNT funding of the postdoctoral research (10%)
The renewal application results will be announced about six (6) weeks after each application deadline.
Value of the scholarship
The FRQNT Board of Directors may modify the value of scholarships at any time, without notice, notably in accordance with the funds allocated annually by the Québec National Assembly, its strategic priorities and its budget 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 to be conducted abroad if it is performed in an institution outside Québec located more than 250 km outside of Québec's borders.
The scholarship holder may receive up to six payments during the eligibility period (24 months). Each payment covers a four-month period (one semester).
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 completing 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 Common General Rules, and more specifically Section 8, apply to this grant.
Reimbursement of travel expenses
In accordance with the provisions set out in greater detail in the Scholarship Holder's Guide, the cost of travel outside Québec for the scholarship holder and his/her spouse and children at the beginning and end of the postdoctoral research will be reimbursed by the FRQNT, provided that these expenses are not reimbursed by any other organization or agency. For a scholarship holder who has not yet defended his or her thesis, additional travel expenses may be reimbursed.
In accordance with the provisions presented in greater detail in the Scholarship Holder's Guide:
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 he/she would have received if he/she had only obtained a scholarship from the Fonds.
Applicants 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 concurrent scholarships.
Regardless of the exceptions relative to the paid work described in the Scholarship Holder's Guide, scholarship holders may accept employment that does not exceed the maximum hours per semester allowed by their institution, provided their supervisor is in agreement and that these activities do not hinder their research program.
The salary that scholarship holders receive from their supervisor for working solely on their research project is considered a scholarship for which concurrent funding 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 semester as a FRQNT scholarship holder to receive paid parental leave. It is important to note that only one parental leave is granted per birth or adoption.