Government of Québec Postdoctoral Fellowship for Canadian Students, 2019-2020

For the year 2019-2020, The Government of Québec is offering Postdoctoral Fellowship which is applicable to all programs of the Quebec Research Fund – Society and Culture (FRQSC). This fellowship is available for Canadian students.

The objectives of the Postdoctoral Fellowship program are as follows Contribute to the development of the next generation of experts in the social sciences, humanities, arts and literature.

The Quebec Research Fund – Society and Culture (FRQSC) has the following mission to promote and provide financial support for research in the fields of social sciences and humanities and the fields of education, management, arts and literature.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: October 5, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral research programme.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are applicable to all programs of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).
  • Scholarship Award: The annual value of the postdoctoral research fellowship is $45,000.
    The duration of the postdoctoral research period is 6 months up to 24 months.
    An additional year of funding may be granted to a postdoctoral research fellowship holder under certain conditions and on analysis of the required supporting documents. This extension may only be requested once.
    If the postdoctoral research is being carried out more than 250 km from Québec’s borders, a supplement of $10,000 per year will be granted for a total of $55,000 per year. In case of co-supervision with a Québec institution, the amount will be adjusted in proportion to the number of months spent outside Québec.
  • Nationality: This fellowship is available for Canadian students.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: This fellowship is available for Canadian students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the competition deadline of October 5, 2018, 4 p.m.

2.1 Eligibility period and target group

The postdoctoral research fellowships are aimed at applicants who obtained their doctorate in the 2 years prior to the competition deadline OR who first submit their dissertation by March 1st, 2020, the deadline by which grant payments must begin. Eligibility will be determined based on the date indicated on the doctoral diploma.

2.2 Eligibility period exceptions

Exceptions regarding postdoctoral fellowship eligibility periods will only be made in circumstances that are beyond the applicant’s control. Applicants may suspend or postpone their studies for parental leave, major family obligations, serious illness, or because of a disability. In all such cases, supporting documents must be submitted along with the application and inserted in the sections intended for this purpose (see Section 3 – Submitting an application and the application package).

Parental leave or major family obligations

Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies for parental leave may ask to extend their eligibility period for up to 12 months per child. A 12-month extension may also be granted in the case of serious illness or major family obligations. Supporting documents are required and must be submitted along with the application.

Persons with disabilities

Applicants who suspend or postpone their studies due to reasons related to a disability may be exempt from the eligibility period requirements. This exemption is in accordance with the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (CQLR c. E-20.1).

The Fonds reserves the right to refuse any request that is not adequately justified.

2.3 Citizenship and domicile

The following table presents required citizenship and residence conditions and supporting documents as well as place of tenure:

Citizenship and domicile Proof to be provided at the time of application Place of tenure
Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C. 2001, c. 27)

AND

residing in Québec within the meaning of the Québec health Insurance Act (CQLR, c. A-29)

RAMQ card or proof of eligibility for RAMQ Québec and outside Québec
Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C. 2001, c. 27)

AND

residing in a Canadian province other than Québec

Proof that the applicant has been living in Québec on a regular and daily basis for at least six months of the seven months prior to the competition closing date

AND

has chosen a host environment in Québec

Québec
Neither a Canadian citizen nor permanent resident Proof that the applicant has been living in Québec (with the appropriate visas and authorizations) on a regular and daily basis for at least six months of the seven months prior to the competition closing date

AND

has chosen a host environment in Québec

Québec

2.4 Restrictions

Applicants may only submit an application to one of the following scholarship programs in the same year: Master’s Research Scholarships (B1); Doctoral Research Scholarships (B2); Scholarships for re-entering the Research Community (A2); Postdoctoral Fellowship (B3); Postdoctoral Research-Creation Fellowship (B5).

Applicants may only hold a fellowship from one of the Fonds (section 3.1 of the CGR).

Applicants who receive or have received postdoctoral funding from a recognized agency in Québec or Canada (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, FCAR, CQRS, etc.) are not eligible for this competition. (see section 6.7 for additional benefits to the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship).

Application Procedure

How to Apply: The following required documents must be scanned (.PDF format) and included with the application e-form in of the sections attachments intended for that purpose in the “Activity details” section, as described below.

In order to be receivable, copies of official documents must be legible and must not be read protected in any way.

Documents submitted in a language other than French or English must include a translation.

Once the application form has been submitted, it will not be possible to resubmit or modify the application in any way regardless of the transmission date, even if it is before the competition deadline.

No recall will be made and no document may be added after the contest closing date and time, October 5, 2018 at 4 pm.

ANY DOCUMENT REQUIRED BUT MISSING MAKES THE FILE NOT ELIGIBLE.

The following documents must be scanned and grouped into a single document in the order listed below, and attached under ” section “University Record/Dossier universitaire”:

  • TRANSCRIPTS (mandatory): Copy of the applicant’s official Master’s AND doctoral transcripts (issued by the institution and bearing its seal and the registrar’s signature or notice of conformity from a competent authority. While the form also mentions bachelor’s degree transcripts, these are not necessary under the postdoctoral fellowship program. In the event that the institution in question does not provide a transcript, a letter explaining the situation must be included;
  • TRANSCRIPTS FROM EXCHANGE PROGRAMS (if applicable):
  • Transcripts from exchange programs or courses (equivalences), if applicable;
  • MARKING SYSTEM EXPLANATION (if applicable): For transcripts from institutions located outside Canada or the United States, the applicant must include a short letter explaining the institution’s marking system.

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