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 FRQS programs. If special conditions apply to this program, they are described below and take precedence over the CGR.
This program is open to human health care professionals with a professional degree who wish to undertake research training in order to prepare for parallel careers as clinicians and research investigators.
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 FELLOWSHIP
- AMOUNT OF THE FELLOWSHIP
- 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
Canadian citizens or permanent residents who 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.
Professionals interested in enrolling in a master or doctoral program must apply to:
Applicants with both a professional degree and a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) who are interested in pursuing research training must apply to:
|Terms and conditions|
If the candidate’s supervisor is located outside of Québec, that person should still meet the criteria of university researcher or clinical university researcher in terms of university affiliation and autonomy (see the Definitions section of the Common General Rules).
Not eligible :
|Basic research ethics training|
Basic research ethics training is mandatory 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 within one year of the date of confirmation by the FRQS that the award was granted.
2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Before October 15, 2018, 4:30 pm (EDT)
Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation 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.
For individuals with a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in Québec:
For individuals without a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in a province other than Québec:
For individuals without a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency:
|Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)|
|At the start date of the award|
|At the start date of the award and annually thereafter|
The awardee must submit:
|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|
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 or supervisor|
Awardees who wish to change their research project, supervisor or training institution must submit the FRQS modification request form Change of research project, supervisor or training location (see Toolbox) and the required documents in a single PDF.
4. DURATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP
Between May 2019 and January 2020, on the first of the month
2 years and possibly a third year, conditional upon the evaluation of a renewal application (renewal may be requested only once).
Applicants are not eligible for a renewal if they have already received 3 or more years of postdoctoral fellowships since the initial offer of the FRQS fellowship, regardless of the granting agency.
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 (Report de versement de bourse), accompagnied 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 installments of the award planned for each month of the parental leave will be rescheduled at the end of the funding period.
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 ( Report de versement de bourse) to indicate the length of time and reason for the deferral request and include a medical certificate when applicable. Payments will be suspended during this period and will be rescheduled at the end of the award.|
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified.
|Acquiring relevant experience||It is possible, for each full year of funding provided by the FRQS, to suspend and postpone the award installments for a maximum of 4 months in order to acquire relevant experience (working with a research team, acquiring teaching experience in the awardee’s field of study or research, language development trip, etc.). These installments are then rescheduled at the end of the funding period.|
Deferrals with the goal of acquiring relevant experience can be consecutive if they are approved by the research supervisor.
To benefit from this measure, the award holder must submit a request to the FRQS by filling out the Award payment deferral form. Furthermore, the research supervisor should provide a letter confirming his or her agreement and the relevance of the paid activities that are involved.
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified or relevant.
5. AMOUNT OF THE FELLOWSHIP
* except in some cases (see the section Awards in partnership)
A $10,000 supplement is added for professional postgraduate training outside Québec
The award will be paid to the awardee by installments.
The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on amounts received from the FRQS. No taxes are withheld at source by the FRQS on amounts disbursed during the taxation year in question.
The date the amount is granted 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 form 1 are sent to the awardee’s mailing address (the one shown 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 this form are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of the information given about income tax.
|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
|Authorized paid work||Awardees may supplement their income through professional activities, provided that they devote at least 75% of their time to research or research training and that the source of the income is not an FRQS grant.|
|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.
Holding an FRQS training award concurrently with a research internship to be done in another organization and that is not part of the training program of the awardee, is allowed under certain conditions.
For internships of $ 5,000 or less, awardees must notify the FRQS by email before the beginning of the internship.
For internships of $ 5,000 and more, awardees must ask the FRQS for authorization by completing the Internship authorization form (see Toolbox) before the internship begins. If the internship is approved, it will be allowed either to 1) combine the training award and internships amounts or 2) defer the amount of the FRQS award for a period equal to the duration of the internship or a maximum of 6 months.
The travel expenses (one return economy airline ticket) of awardees and their close family (spouse and children) carrying out their projects in institutions located outside Québec may be reimbursed upon the presentation of supporting documents, as long as these expenses are not reimbursed by another organization.
All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various health research disciplines and methodologies.
|Criteria and weighting|
|Quality and scientific value 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 candidate’s choice
– Quality of supervisor’s publication record related to student training record
– Awards, honours, and distinctions
|Skills and experiences|
– Lectures, presentations and publications
|Criteria and weighting|
|Research project’s state of advancement since the start of|
– Level of completion of the project in view of the methodology and the
– Justification for renewal and potential for successful outcome
– Research supervisor’s evaluation
|Achievements since the start of postdoctoral training|
– Lectures and presentations
8. FINAL REPORT
|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
- 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.
|Alzheimer’s disease||Alzheimer Society of Canada|
Candidates must also submit an application to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Amount of the award: $51,500 per year.
|Child Health||Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHPSP)|
Candidates must also submit an application to the CCHCSP.
|Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis||Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC)|
Training Awards in the Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research fields.
|Early childhood diseases (diagnosis)|
Foundation of Stars
Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle (SQHA) – Jacques de Champlain Award
The Kidney Foundation of Canada – KRESCENT Research Program
All candidates must also submit an application to the KRESCENT Program (Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training). Amount of the award: $55,000 per year.
|Macular Degeneration||Fondation Antoine-Turmel|
Priority will be given to doctoral and postdoctoral training.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Priority will be given to doctoral and posdoctoral training awards.
|Parkinson’s disease||Parkinson Canada|
Training Awards in the Parkinson’s Disease research field. All candidates must also submit an application to the Parkinson Canada. Amount of the award: maximum of $50,000 per year.
|Parkinson’s disease||Parkinson Québec|
Training Awards in the Parkinson’s Disease research field.