International Internships - Energy/Digital/Aerospace


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

November 8th, 2017, 4 PM


Amount :

Maximum 30 000 $


Duration :

Maximum 12 months


Announcement of results :

December 2017


Program Rules



The objective of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies International Internships-Energy/Digital/Aerospace program is to promote the international mobility of doctoral students whose research is in an area related to energy, digital technologies and aerospace.


Place of tenure

The studies funded by this scholarship must take place in a university of one of the following regions or states:

  • Bavaria, Germany
  • Georgia, USA
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Shandong, China
  • Upper Austria, Austria
  • Western Cape, South Africa

The funded studies must begin no later than March 31st 2018.


Eligibility conditions

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements at the competition deadline.

Enrolment in a Québec educational institution

Applicants must be registered full-time in a doctoral program at a Québec university, in a field covered by the International Internships/Energy-Digital/Aerospace program.


For full-time students enrolled in a Québec university:

  • The applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a foreign student who has a valid study permit for the province of Québec.


It should be noted that:

  • The scholarship cannot be used for qualifying studies.

Eligibility period

The student is eligible to receive scholarship instalments for a period of one year or until the end of his/her doctoral program or his/her stay at an eligible institution.

Duration of the funded studies

The funded studies must have a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.

Start date of the funded studies

The funded studies must begin no later than March 31 of the year following the offer of financial support.


Submitting an application

Electronic application form (e-form)

The applicant must create his account in the FRQnet system.

The e-form is available on the FRQNT website. It must be completed and sent electronically by the competition deadline. Once completed, applicants can print a copy for their records.  

Forms may be completed in English or French. Applicants who submit the form in English must provide a French title for their project.

Required documents

Required documents must be submitted electronically in the attachment files provided for that purpose in the application e-form. Documents that are illegible or unclear will be rejected.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application includes all documents required for the application to be considered admissible.

The applicant must provide the following:

  • An official transcript (an unofficial electronic version will not be accepted) for all university studies, completed or not (certificate, degree, Bachelor's, Master's, PhD. etc). When equivalences are granted for courses taken at other institutions or in previous programs, transcripts for these courses must be enclosed with the file, including collegial transcripts. For transcripts from outside Canada or the United States, applicants must enclose a letter explaining the grading system used by the institution in question;
  • The FRQNT considers transcripts issued by the Registrar's Office to the applicants to be official transcripts. Opening the envelope to scan the transcripts will not render them unofficial for FRQNT purposes;
  • Permanent residents must provide a copy of their Record of Landing or permanent resident card;
  • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must provide:
    • a copy of their Québec study permit.
  • Canadian citizens born outside must provide a copy of proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • A photocopy of a valid Quebec medical insurance card or any other document which proves that the applicant is a resident of Québec within the meaning of the Québec Health Insurance Act;
  • Acknowledgements of receipt from the editor for all articles submitted and notices received from editors for articles accepted for publication (acknowledgements of receipt for articles already published will not be sent to the evaluation committee).
  • An invitation letter from the foreign host institution.

Only the e-forms for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and the other required documents will be accepted. No attached material or documents other than those required will be forwarded to the evaluation committee. Files cannot be updated after the deadline for applications.

The FRQNT reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any documents and information provided by contacting the organizations concerned.

Any document submitted in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Procedure for submitting required documents

Before the deadline for applications, applicants must submit all required documents in the appropriate attachment file on the application e-form. No reminder will be made and no files can be added after the competition deadline.

IMPORTANT: incomplete application files will not be accepted.


Evaluation of applications

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria and weighting:




Excellence of university record

  • Cumulative average obtained;
  • Progression of studies;
  • Duration of studies;
  • Prizes and distinctions.


30 points

Aptitude for research and relevant research experience

  • Reason for the application and research interests;
  • Applicant's experience and achievements.


40 points

Scientific quality and interest of the research project and the socio-economic scope of the research project, if applicable

  • Clarity of the scientific objectives;
  • Relevance of the methodology for the objectives sought;
  • Originality of the project;
  • Contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field concerned;
  • Compatibility of the proposed project with the supervisor's field of research.


20 points

Social implication, leadership and communication skills

  • Leadership skills;
  • Organization of conferences and meetings;
  • Nominations;
  • Volunteering;
  • Mentoring;
  • Experience as a supervisor;
  • Project management;
  • Committee chairmanship;
  • Ability or potential to clearly and logically communicate scientific concepts;
  • General presentation of the application.


10 points



100 points



Awarding of scholarships and announcement of results

Awarding of scholarships

Applications are evaluated and ranked on merit by the evaluation committees. For each committee or group, scholarships are offered in accordance with the available budget. When allocating its budget, the FRQNT reserves the right to change its scholarships in keeping with objectives chosen by the Board of Directors.

Announcement of results

FRQNT Board of Directors funding decisions are announced electronically. All applicants are informed of the competition results.

The decisions of the Board of Directors are final and cannot be appealed. There is no review process.

The applicant must accept or decline the scholarship within 10 days of receiving the scholarship notification by completing the electronic form in his/her "Scholarship Holder Account". After this deadline, applicants are deemed to have declined the scholarship.


Integrity of the Evaluation Process

At no time may applicants or their institutional authorities make contact with evaluation committee members, unless such contact is specified as part of the evaluation process. Similarly, evaluation committee members must not make contact with applicants, unless such contact is specifically indicated in the evaluation process. The identities of evaluation committee members are kept confidential to avoid any attempt at collusion. The Fonds reserve the right to withdraw an application from competition if there is any inappropriate intervention, lobby, undue influence or collusion during the evaluation process, as stipulated in the Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research.


Liability of the Fonds

The Fonds make all reasonable efforts to ensure optimal service. However, they cannot be held liable for any direct or indirect damage resulting from their handling of applications for funding. Furthermore, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Fonds are not liable for any direct or indirect damage resulting from the disclosure of personal or confidential information that was not authorized by the Fonds.


False or Misleading Information

The Fonds presume the good faith of the declaration provided in funding applications or in any other document submitted at any time during the funding cycle, from the initial funding application to the final report. Applicants and funding holder must be transparent and provide accurate and precise information. They must be conscientious about advising the Fonds of any changes in their situation, where applicable. Such qualities are essential to maintaining the trust of the Fonds in its funding holders.

Under the Act Respecting the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (CQLR, c. M-, any individual who submits an application containing false or misleading information to obtain or procure financial support is committing an offence, is liable to a fine and could be barred from receiving financial support for a period of up to five years. Where a legal person commits such an offence, every director or representative of that legal person who was aware of the offence may be liable to a fine. Furthermore, such a declaration constitutes a breach of responsible research conduct, as set forth in the Fonds de recherche du Québec Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and may be subject to sanctions in accordance with this policy.

The Fonds reserve the right to take immediate measures to stop the use of public funds obtained through false or misleading information, and to take legal action to recover fraudulently obtained funds and claim compensation for damages caused where appropriate.

Do you have questions?

Laurence Martin Gosselin

Responsable de programmes


418 643-8560, poste 3455

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