In addition to these program rules, it is the responsibility of the applicant to financial support to consult the Common General Rules (CGR) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec, which apply to all of FRQS programs. If special conditions apply to this program, they are described below and take precedence over the CGR.
This program, designed for medical students interested in a joint career as a clinician and research investigator, enables them to pursue medical studies concurrently with research training leading to a doctoral degree.
Important note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to choose the right program and the right form for the award application. No program transfer will be made following the applicant’s file eligibility review.
Table of contents
- ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
- TRAINING LOCATION
- DURATION OF THE AWARD
- AMOUNT OF THE AWARD
- OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
- FINAL REPORT
- APPLICANT'S AGREEMENT
- SUPERVISOR'S AND CO-SUPERVISOR'S AGREEMENT
- KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
- IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
- AWARDS IN PARTNERSHIP
1. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applications from individuals holding a college diploma but who have not accumulated 90 course credits in a university program must be validated by the faculty of medicine in a letter of recommendation from the dean.
Canadian citizens or permanent residents that did not reside in Québec previously OR individuals who are not currently Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to submit an application for training awards under certain conditions (see section 2.1 of the Common General Rules).
Citizenship and residency in Québec status must remain in effect for the entire duration of the award.
|Terms and conditions|
in a regular undergraduate medical program in a Québec university
and simultaneously, in a regular research doctoral program (Ph.D.) and whose research project is directly concerned with human health within a structured M.D.-Ph.D. program recognized by the FRQS in that Quebec university.
|Basic research ethics training|
Basic research ethics training is compulsory for all FRQS awardees conducting research projects that involve human beings.
Research on human beings involves:
Awardees must therefore successfully complete levels 1 and 3 of the Online Tutorial in Research Ethics developed by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
This training must be completed in the year following the receipt of a confirmation from the FRQS that the award was granted.
The FRQS encourages awardees to follow a one-credit research ethics training course in addition to the compulsory basic research ethics training, whenever possible.
2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
|By October 15, 2018, 4:30 pm (EDT)|
Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted
Transmission via the FRQS electronic Portfolio only
Any missing document or document that is not in conformity with the program rules and forms may result in the ineligibility of the funding application.
No extension will be permitted. After the application deadline, forms that are not already submitted will be automatically rejected.
IMPORTANT : Once the application is submitted, it will no longer be possible to modify it.
Academic transcripts must be complete and include grading scales (at the back of the transcript), for candidates from Québec as well as for candidates from outside Québec.
For transcripts from institutions located outside North America, the applicant must include a note explaining the institution’s marking system.
For individuals with a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in Québec :
For individuals with a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in a province other than Québec :
For individuals without a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency:
Candidates will be notified of the reception of their application and of their eligibility via email by the month of November at the latest.
|Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)|
|At the start date of the award|
|At the start date of the award and for each subsequent term||The university will have to confirm that the awardee is officially registered.|
|Before the start of the second year of the award|
To start the second year of the award , the awardee will have to provide:
3. TRAINING LOCATION
|Choice of training location|
A recognized research establishment in Québec.
Awardees must complete their research training in the physical location of the host institution. Distance learning is not allowed.
|Change of training location, research project, study program or supervisor|
Awardees who wish to change their research project, supervisor, program or training institution must submit the FRQS request form Change of research project, supervisor or training location (see Toolbox) and the required documents in a single PDF file.
4. DURATION OF THE AWARD
May 2019 (Summer term), September 2019 (Fall term) or January 2020 (Winter term).
If the study program is already in progress in May 2019, the award should begin in May 2019, with some exceptions.
6 years, 3 of them must be devoted to full-time research or until the completion of the awardee’s doctoral studies (final submission of the thesis), whichever the earliest.
The awardee may benefit from an award payment deferral during parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption) for a maximum period of 12 months as described in section 6.13 of the Common General Rules.
Awardees must fill out the Award payment deferral form, accompanied by the documents supporting the leave, to inform the FRQS of their intention to receive a supplement to their award for a parental leave.
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified.
|Sick leave or other reasons||Awardees may defer their award due to illness or other reasons provided by the Loi sur les normes du travail as described in section 6.14 of the Common General Rules. Awardees must fill out the Award payment deferral form accompanied by the documents supporting the leave.|
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified.
5. AMOUNT OF THE AWARD
$21,000/year* for 3 years of full-time enrolment in a research program
$10,000/year* for 3 years during which the awardee completes the research project or pursues research activities (seminars, thesis writing) concurrently with medical studies
*except in some cases (see the section Awards in partnership)
One new award per year, per university
Exceptionally two awards, if no application for the M.D.-M.Sc. program is submitted by the university
The award will be paid to the awardee by installments. Three installments per year will be made at the end of May, end of September, and end of January.
The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on the amounts received from the FRQS. The FRQS does not make any deductions on the amounts disbursed during the taxation year.
The payment date determines the year in which the awardee must declare the amounts received as income for personal tax calculations.
Revenue Canada’s T4A form and Revenue Québec’s Relevé 1will be sent to the awardee’s mailing address (the one specified in the Module My funding (Gérer mon financement) in the FRQS Electronic Portfolio) in February of the following year of taxation.
The details provided in these program rules are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of any income tax information.
|Indirect costs of research|
This program does not benefit from the amount paid out by FRQS to cover indirect costs of research of the institutions.
6. OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
|Institution or supervisor|
Awardees may accept additional funding from the institution or their research supervisor.
Holding several scholarships is not allowed.
Awardees who obtained an award from another public agency or a foundation recognized by the FRQS must notify the FRQS and decline the FRQS funding as soon as the award is offered.
However, if the amount of the other award is lower than the one given by the FRQS, the awardee is eligible to receive the difference.
Under the responsibility of the FRQS, all applications are evaluated by committees of experts so as to ensure a subject area and institution balance.
Note: previously under the responsibility of each university.
|Criteria and Weighting||Quality and scientific value of the research project |
– Clarity and conciseness of the research topic
– Clarity and consistency between the hypotheses and objectives
– Relevance of the methods and analyses
– Originality of the project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge
|Quality of the training environment|
– Justification of the applicant’s choice
– Quality of supervisor’s publication record as it pertains to student training
|Excellence of the academic record|
– Excellence of academic record
– Awards, honours and distinctions
|Skills and experiences|
– Lectures and presentations
– Research projects and research training programs
8. FINAL REPORT
|A final report is required at the end of the payment of the award, approximately one month following the last funded term. Award holders are notified by email of the availability of the form to be completed in their FRQS electronic portfolio. It is required to fill out and submit this form with respect to the mentioned deadline. Further funding in other FRQS programs is conditional to the reception of the duly completed report.|
9. APPLICANT'S AGREEMENT
By submitting an application, the applicant must :
10. SUPERVISOR'S AND CO-SUPERVISOR'S AGREEMENT
The supervisor and co-supervisor must :
11. KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
The FRQS encourages awardees to conduct and participate in knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, development, enhancement and dissemination) with practice settings and the general public, where such activities are relevant. Please read the document Knowledge Mobilization in the toolbox.
12. IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
- Required documents
- Location of training
- Duration of the award
13. AWARDS IN PARTNERSHIP
The FRQS offers a number of awards in collaboration with partners. The financial contribution of FRQS and the partner as well as other funding conditions (i.e. funding period and renewal option) may vary according to the agreements in effect.
Eligible applicants are selected through a three-step process:
Like all other FRQS awards, the awards in partnership are granted based on merit following a scientific evaluation by a committee of experts or peers.
|Hypertension||Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle (SQHA) – Jacques de Champlain Award|
The Jacques de Champlain Award in Cardiovascular Health and Hypertension fields includes a research support supplement (maximum of $10,000 per year).