Applicants must meet all the eligibility conditions set out below at the competition deadline.
2.1 Citizenship and domicile
To be eligible for a Master's or Doctoral Scholarship, applicants must have been enrolled at a Québec university on a full-time basis (or equivalent) for 2 of the 3 semesters prior to the competition deadline OR have a valid Régie d'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ (i.e. a letter from the RAMQ confirming that a new card has been requested).
To be eligible for a Master's or Doctoral Scholarship, the place where the research or studies will be carried out must be in Québec. However, the place where the research or studies will be carried out can be outside Québec if the applicant has a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ at the time of application AND is a Canadian citizen.
Applicants who do not have a valid RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ at the time of application, or who are not Canadian citizens, 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.
FRQNT scholarship holders must meet the citizenship AND domicile conditions throughout the duration of the scholarship. Changes in citizenship, eligibility for RAMQ or place of domicile during the scholarship period will not allow the scholarship to be used outside Québec.
2.2 Minimum cumulative average
Applicants for a Master's Scholarship or master's-level Re-entering the Research Community Scholarship must have an average equal or greater than 3.55 or the equivalent for their undergraduate degree.
Applicants with a lower average are not eligible
In the case of applicants who are changing careers, grades from courses unrelated to the program of study for which the scholarship is being sought are not considered. However, grades for courses used as the basis for admission to a master's or doctoral program are deemed relevant in calculating the average and must be included with the application.
It should be noted that:
Applicants cannot apply for a scholarship to carry out preparatory studies;
An applicant with a Ph.D. is not eligible for a master's scholarship;
Applicants who have already received financial assistance from a recognized funding agency, (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, Fonds de recherche du Québec, etc.) over a period totaling 18 semesters (master's and doctoral level combined) cannot apply for the current competition to start or continue a master's or doctoral program;
Applicants may hold an award or scholarship from only one Fonds.
2.4 Eligibility period
The conditions for determining the scholarship eligibility period take into account semesters (master's and doctoral level) completed before May 1st, 2021, whether funded or not.
The FRQNT considers part-time or unregistered semesters in calculating the eligibility period, provided the registrar's attestations are included with the application.
The FRQNT also takes into account the number of semesters during which the applicant received financial assistance from all recognized funding agencies (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, Fonds de recherche du Québec, etc.) to ensure that total funding does not exceed 18 semesters.
2.4.1 Master's Scholarship eligibility period
To be eligible for a Master's Scholarship, an applicant must not have been enrolled at the master's level for more than 3 full-time semesters (1 year) before May 1, 2021.
An applicant is eligible for a Master's Scholarship during the first six semesters of his/her master's degree (or equivalent). The semesters completed in a master's program (or 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 sixth semester 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 must successfully apply to the Doctoral Scholarship competition in order to receive subsequent scholarship payments.
2.4.2 Eligibility 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
An applicant admitted into a doctoral program from a bachelor's program or who fast-tracks into a doctoral program without writing a thesis is eligible for a Master's Scholarship (B1X) during the first six semesters of his/her graduate studies program. As a result, these first six semesters 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. The scholarship holder must apply to the Doctoral Scholarship competition (B2X) to fund subsequent semesters. The semesters completed in a program prior to the effective date of the scholarship will be deducted from the duration of the funding. In all cases, no funding will be granted after the fifteenth (15th) semester of doctoral studies.
An applicant who holds a master's degree when beginning his/her doctoral studies must apply to the Doctoral Scholarship competition.
2.4.3 Doctoral Scholarship eligibility period
An applicant is eligible for a Doctoral Scholarship for twelve (12) consecutive semesters of doctoral studies (or the equivalent) during the first fifteen (15) semesters of the doctoral program. However, the eleventh (11th) and twelfth (12th) semesters of funding are contingent on the submission of the doctoral thesis before the end of the twelfth semester of funding. In all cases, no funding will be granted after the fifteenth (15th) semester of doctoral studies.
2.4.4 Exceptions in calculating eligibility period
Exceptions to the rules governing the eligibility period for scholarships are considered only in circumstances beyond the applicant's control, such as a serious illness or major family obligations. Supporting documents must be included with the application. Exceptions cannot be made to justify cumulative averages below the minimum cumulative average for Master's Scholarship applications.
Applicants 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. Supporting documents must be included 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. c. E-20.1), the rules pertaining to the eligibility period do not apply. The duration of the scholarship is unchanged at two years at the master's level and three years at the doctoral level. Supporting documents must be included with the application.
The FRQNT reserves the right to refuse any request that is not adequately justified.
2.5 Choosing an evaluation committee
Applicants must choose their evaluation committee based on their research topic. Other factors to be considered are the applicant's 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.
An applicant who chooses the multidisciplinary committee (14) must attach a one-page document to the form, in the "Other documents" section, explaining the multidisciplinary aspect of the program of study.
The applicant is responsible for choosing his/her evaluation committee. No changes can be made after the competition deadline.
2.6 Paid leave
Applicants 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.
2.7 Additional eligibility requirements for Re-entering the Research Community Scholarship (A2X) applicants
At the competition deadline, applicants for a Re-entering the Research Community Scholarship (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, applicants may be enrolled for their first semester on the date they apply.
Rules governing the duration of funding for master's- or doctoral-level studies under the Scholarships for re-entering the Research Community program are the same as those for the general programs (B1X-B2X).