The scholarship holders have to conform to all the rules described in detail in the Scholarship Holder's Guide.
To receive the scholarship, the applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and be domiciled in Québec for at least one year. Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are required to confirm citizenship or resident status before financial support can begin. If the applicant is unable to obtain citizenship or resident status before March 1 of the year following the offer of financial support, the scholarship will be cancelled.
The scholarship period must begin between May 1st, 2017, and January 15th, 2018 Unless exceptional circumstances exist, the scholarship cannot be carried over from one year to the next. For candidates who have begun the program of study, the period of use begins in May 2017.
The scholarship is not retroactive and sessions prior to Summer 2016 cannot be financed.
Excluding the exceptional cases relating to part-time studies as outlined in the scholarship holder's guide (disabled persons, family caregivers and parents), at the time the scholarship is received, scholarship holder must be registered full time in the Master's or Doctoral program for which a scholarship granted.
Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the eligibility period, subject to presentation of progress reports deemed satisfactory by the program administrator. The period of use cannot be longer than the eligibility period.
Note that for all changes to the program, project of place of study, future scholarship recipients must place a request as prescribed in the Scholarship Holder's Guide.
Value of scholarships
The FRQNT Board of Directors reserves the right to modify the value of scholarships at any time, without notice, notably in accordance with the credits annually allocated by the Assemblée nationale du Québec, its strategic priorities and budgetary process.
Ministère des Transports (A4) and Energy research program scholarships (A7):
The maximum value of Master's scholarships or for the first two years of graduate studies is $15,000. The scholarship holder may receive a maximum of six instalments totalling $30,000 within the eligibility period (six sessions or 24 months). Each instalment of a maximum of $5,000 covers a period of four months, or one session.
The maximum annual value of Doctoral scholarships for the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of graduate studies is $20,000.
The scholarship holder may receive a maximum of nine instalments totalling $60,000 within the eligibility period (nine sessions or 36 months). Each instalment of a maximum of $6,667 covers a period of four months, or one session.
According to rules presented in a way more detailed in the guide for scholarship holders.
Concurrent scholarships A7:
When the FRQNT offers a scholarship of equal or higher value or duration than a federal granting agency, the student may receive a complementary scholarship to make up for the difference in value and/or duration between the two scholarships. In this case, the scholarships must be coordinated. If the duration/value of the scholarship from the Fonds is longer/higher, you must accept the NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC scholarship and the FRQNT scholarship.
Candidates 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 FRQNT scholarship if allowed under these instances' rules governing combined scholarships. When a combination limit is imposed by a private funder, the FRQNT then reduces the value of its scholarship to enable the scholarship recipient to qualify for the full value of the external scholarship.
Concurrent scholarships A4:
In the case of a scholarship awarded through the program implemented by the Ministère des Transports (A4), 50% of the annual value of the scholarship from the federal funding agencies will be subtracted from the annual value of the scholarship from the FRQNT. The balance will then be paid out to the scholarship recipient, if applicable. In all cases, the scholarships must be coordinated.
Concurrent scholarships A4 et A7
Cumulation is permitted with scholarships from federal and provincial granting agencies if, when the Fonds scholarship comes into effect, the scholarship holder is attending a teaching establishment outside Québec and his/her annual tuition fees are equal to or greater than the annual value of the award offered by the Fonds. In evaluating annual tuition fees, the Fonds does not include enrolment fees, membership fees for student associations, etc. The tuition fees must not be reimbursed by any other organization.
Regardless of the exceptions relative to the paid work described in the guide for scholarship holders, scholarship holders may accept a job that does not exceed the maximum hours per semester allowed by your institution, provided their supervisor is in agreement and that these activities do not hinder their research program.
The salary that students receive from their supervisor for working solely on their research project is considered a scholarship for which cumulation 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. Paid parental leave is available for a period of eight months. It is important to note that only one parental leave is granted per birth or adoption.