The Doctoral Research Scholarships Program for Foreign Students (DE) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et les technologies (FRQNT) aims to stimulate international student's interest in beginning or pursuing doctoral studies in Québec and provide financial support to leading international Ph.D. candidates in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields.
The scholarships are aimed at foreign students who had been preselected by a Québec university and who wish to carry out their doctoral studies in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields.
- Meet all eligibility criteria by the competition deadline on November 1st, 2015.
- Have been preselected by a Québec university by September 23th, 2015.
- Not have obtained a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from the Ministère de l'Education de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recheche (MEESR) or one of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
- Not be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Not have submitted an application for permanent residence under Canadian immigration laws.
In addition to the aforementioned criteria, applicants should note the following restrictions and administrative prerequisites:
Study program restrictions:
The scholarship cannot be used for qualifying studies. Please see the official website for the complete restrictions and prerequisites.
Citizens of ALL nationalities (EXCEPT Canada)
Any University in Québec Canada.
Scholarship holders must attend the Québec university at which they were preselected and carry out studies or research activities in Québec.
Fields of study
To be eligible, applicants must specialize in the following areas:
- Information and communications technologies
- Health technologies
Number of awards
Not specified; Several awards will be given
The entire program is 12 to 36 months.
Applicants are eligible for the doctoral research scholarships (DE) competition during the first nine (9) sessions of their doctoral studies (or the equivalent). Doctoral sessions (or the equivalent) that are already completed when the scholarship comes into effect will be subtracted from the scholarship period. Under no circumstances will funding be granted after an applicant's 9th doctoral program session.
The amount is from $20,000$ to $60,000.
The maximum annual value of the doctoral research scholarship for international students is $20 000. During the eligibility period (nine sessions or 36 months), the scholarship holder may receive up to nine payments totalling $60 000. Each payment of up to $6 667 covers a period of four months or one session.
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.
Method of Application
Interested applicants need to undergo the below-outlined.
Only students who have been preselected by a Québec university may apply to the competition. Applicants must meet all program eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by a university may be deemed ineligible by the FRQNT if the applicants do not meet all program requirements.
Preselected applicants will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and a password and must then fill out an e-form to which will be attached the required documents. Applicants may consult the document: Instructions for completing an application, as found on the official website.
Submitting the required documents:
The candidate must send the electronic form to the FRQNT before the competition deadline: November 1st 2015.
It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that the documents attached to the electronic form (PDF) include all the required documents for the application to be considered acceptable. No document requested in the electronic form that would be sent by email or mail will be accepted.
The candidate must ensure that his referees send the letters of reference no later than the competition deadline.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this award.
The deadline for submission of the preselected applications by universities in Québec is September 23rd 2015.
The deadline for submitting applications to the FRQNT for preselected candidates is November 1st, 2015 at Midnight (coordinated universal time UTC-5 Est time zone).
Applications that do not include the information required to determine eligibility or carry out a complete assessment by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds.
The FRQNT will also consider the number of master's and doctoral sessions for which the applicant received funding from a recognized funding agency (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, the FRQNT, etc.) to ensure that the support does not exceed 15 sessions.
Application Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to International Students: Yes
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