Competition year : 

Deadline (application) : 
October 5th, 2023 at 16:00 (EST)

Announcement of results : 
April 2024

Amount : 
$45,000 per year

Duration : 
Up to 6 semesters


This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). These rules apply to all FRQ funding offers. Only the specific requirements for this program are indicated in this document and take precedence over the CGR.

The scholarships granted by the Fonds de recherche du Québec aim to:

  • help support new generations of students in a range of research sectors:
    • natural sciences, mathematics sciences and engineering (FRQNT)
    • human health (FRQS)
    • humanities, social sciences, art and literature (FRQSC)
  • spark the interest of new generations of students in research;
  • support research excellence by providing financial assistance to the best students as they undertake or pursue a master’s research program.

This particular program is designed to help Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a doctorate (Ph.D.) to further their training and broaden their interests. It is also intended to encourage these researchers to learn about new scientific environments, new research methodologies, research project management and student leadership skills, and communication skills. The FRQS expects the internship supervisor to act as a mentor in the development of the candidate’s future academic career.




The postdoctoral scholarship is valued at $45 000/year.

The maximum amount is six (6) payments totalling $90,000.

Fellows may apply for a renewal in the same competition for a subsequent year if they wish to extend their postdoctoral fellowship award by one year.  See the following section “Renewal” for more details.


Awardees may submit a renewal application to the same program for a subsequent year if they wish to extend their postdoctoral fellowship award by one year. An additional year’s award of $45,000 may be granted following the evaluation of the application. Application deadlines are: September 15, January 15 and May 15.

To be eligible for renewal, the application must be submitted within the last year of FRQS funding. Renewal applications submitted after the end of FRQS funding are not eligible.

No change of environment is permitted between the submission of the renewal application and the end of the third year of funding.

Results of renewal applications will be announced approximately six (6) weeks after each application deadline.

Award renewal can only be requested once.

Awardees who have received three (3) or more years of postdoctoral training awards since the initial FRQS award, regardless of the funding agency, are not eligible for renewed funding.


Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements in effect during the competition period, as stipulated in the program rules and the Common General Rules.


Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements in effect during the competition period, as stipulated in the program rules and the CGR. Throughout the evaluation process, the FRQS reserves the right to reject any application deemed to be non-compliant or to deviate from the program’s objectives.

This program is intended for candidates who wish to undertake or pursue a post doctoral research training program in one of the fields covered by the Health Fund.


For further details, please refer to section 2.1 of the Common General Rules.

Candidates holding Canadian citizenship or permanent residency are eligible to apply for a postdoctoral training fellowship.

These conditions must be met for the duration of the fellowship.


An applicant may carry out training outside Québec on the condition they:   

  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident


  • Have a valid health insurance card issued by the RAMQ or proof of RAMQ eligibility

If either of the above conditions is not met, the applicant must carry out their training in Québec. Continued physical presence in Québec is required throughout the entire term of the scholarship, excluding the break periods specified in the academic calendar, unless the institution approves* travel outside Québec deemed necessary for the proper implementation of activities related to the program of study.

Travel outside Québec as part of a co-supervised program is not permitted except for applicants who are eligible to carry out training outside Québec.

Applicants who are not eligible to carry out training outside Québec at the time of filing their application to the competition will not be eligible to study outside Québec during the scholarship period, even if their citizenship and domicile conditions change.

* To avail themselves of this option if the scholarship is awarded, applicants must provide a Declaration of travel outside Québec approved by the Québec university in the Manage my funding section of the FRQnet ePortfolio.

  • The applicant’s research supervisor and cosupervisor must not have supervised the doctoral project or be affiliated with the university at which the doctorate was completed.
  • They must also be a person whose position or university affiliation qualifies them to act as the sole supervisor of graduate students and independently lead research projects.
  • Individuals who hold a university position are ineligible, unless they take an unpaid leave for the entire tenure of the training award. The employer must provide, at the time the scholarship comes into effect, an official letter attesting to the individual’s employment status for the period and her/his return to work once the training period has ended;
  • Individuals who have been awarded or currently hold a postdoctoral research award from a Québec or Canadian funding agency (e.g. FRQNT, FRQS, FRQSC, CIHR, NSERC) (except renewals) are ineligible.



  • The 2024–2025 application e-form (see pdf for information) will be available on the respective websites of the Fonds at least one month prior to the competition deadline. The form must be submitted electronically by the competition deadline, as determined by the Fonds.
  • The links to the FRQnet electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) and the competition forms are available in the Portal access tab of the website.
  • Additional information is available in the Documents menu of the FRQnet ePortfolio.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to select the right form from the right Fonds de recherche. In the event of an error, the Fonds will not transfer an application from one program to another, and the application will be deemed ineligible as part of the eligibility verification process or by the review committee.
  • With regard to the language of submitted forms and documents, please refer to Section 3.6 of the Common General Rules.
  • Refer to the presentation standards for attachments in the FRQnet ePortfolio for further details.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE (see Section 3.3 in the CGR): Applicants must prepare their application sufficiently in advance to ensure they have all the required documents and submit the form by the competition deadline. Applicants must also anticipate and consider the high volume of funding applications received by the Fonds near the competition deadline.


  • All required documents must be included with the application for it to be considered eligible. Documents that are illegible or low-resolution and those that do not make it possible to determine eligibility will not be accepted.
  • Official documents submitted in a language other than English or French must include a certified professional translation. Any other documents submitted in a language other than English or French must include a simple translation.

Applicants are responsible for selecting their review committee. No changes may be made after the competition deadline. The choice must be made on the basis of the research topic, field and training program.


Canadian Common CV (FRQS funding CV version)

The CV must be up to date, i.e., updated within the 12 months preceding the competition closing date (scholarships and fellowships must be listed in the Research Funding section and prizes and awards in the Recognition section).

Detailed Contributions

Detailed contributions that are up to date, i.e., updated within the 12 months preceding the competition closing date (to be attached in the FRQS electronic portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page).

Copy of doctoral degree (except for renewal applications)

If not available, the copy of the official transcript of the doctorate is sufficient.

Copy of official Ph. D. transcript

  • Transcripts that are missing, incomplete, unofficial, uncertified or not up-to-date shall render the application ineligible.
  • The transcript for an applicant’s current program of study must include the last semester completed prior to the competition deadline, including the summer semester, if applicable.
  • The elements that make a transcript official may differ from one academic institution to the next. Nevertheless, to be considered official by the Fonds, each transcript must:
  • be issued by the relevant academic institution;


  • include the elements that prove it is an official transcript from the academic institution, including the university seal and/or signature of the registrar and/or wording such as official transcript, etc.
  • A WATERMARK does not render a transcript unofficial if the requirements specified above are met.
  • If there is any doubt as to the authenticity of a transcript, the Fonds reserve the right to confirm the information with the applicant and with the academic institution.
  • A transcript submitted in a sealed envelope from a registrar’s office may be opened and scanned.

Other documents to be attached with the transcript (if applicable)

  • For transcripts obtained outside North America, a document explaining the current grading system. The attachment must clearly explain the grading system so that the transcripts may be easily understood;
  • Explanatory letter from the institution (registrar’s office or equivalent administrative body) when no transcript is issued. The attachment must detail the reason(s) for the missing transcripts.
  • The Fonds reserve the right to verify the admissibility of the reasons given;
  • Explanatory letter from the applicant and signed by the department chair of the host institution when no transcript is issued and the applicant is unable to obtain a letter from the university.

RAMQ Health Insurance Card

Copy of a health insurance card from the Régie d’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) that is valid at the competition deadline or proof that an application for a health insurance card was filed with the RAMQ and that the card will be valid at the competition deadline ,except for renewal applications (mandatory if your training location is outside Quebec). The name and expiry date must be legible. Proof of private insurance shall not be accepted;

Acknowledgement of receipt from publishers

Acknowledgements for all papers submitted to publishers and publisher notifications for papers accepted for publication (acknowledgements for previously published papers are not shared with the committee).

Additional documents

Applicants who completed one or more part-time semesters since the date at which they first registered for a graduate program and applicants whose transcripts do not include all registered semesters:

  • Attestation from the registrar’s office indicating all semesters.

Applicants seeking to avail themselves of an exception:

  • Official document attesting to the duration of the parental leave or sick leave, such as a medical certificate or a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • In the case of a major family obligation or a person with a disability, documents attesting to the situation.

No appendices or documents other than those required will be shared with the review committee.

Applications cannot be updated after the competition deadline.


Applicants will receive an email notification to inform them that their application was either sent to the review committee or deemed ineligible by December at the latest. Applicants who have not received an email notification must contact the program manager before the end of December.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any anticipated changes to the training location, research supervisor, project, training program, etc. between the time the application is submitted and the scholarship announcement, if applicable, must be communicated to the Fonds. After analysis, the Fonds may deem an application ineligible. No document may be added to an application in connection with a change.


For more information on the rules regarding the evaluation process, refer to Section 4 of the Common General Rules.

Applications are reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria and weighting:


Academic Record and Career (35 points)

  • Transcripts and honours (awards, distinctions and scholarships)
  • Relevant achievements (scientific, professional, social, etc.), experience (related to the project or career) and Honours (scholarships, distinctions, scholarships)
  • Capacity for engagement and leadership (within and outside the academic community)
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue between science and society

Research Project (50 points)

  • Originality, added value relative to the applicant’s doctoral training, and contribution to the advancement of knowledge
  • Clarity and coherence of the research problem
  • Relevance of the methodology
  • Feasibility of the project and realism of the time frame

Host Environment (15 points)

  • Justification and relevance of the chosen host environment, including the environment available to the applicant for his or her development and the realization of the project
  • Added value for the development of the applicant’s career plan

TOTAL (100 points)


Research Project’s State of Advancement Since the Start of Postdoctoral Training (60 points)

  • Level of completion of the project in view of the methodology and the research area (20 points)
  • Justification for renewal and potential for successful outcome (20 points)
  • Research supervisor’s evaluation (20 points)

Achievements Since the Start of Postdoctoral Training (40 points)

  • Lectures and presentations (20 points)
  • Publications (20 points)


Peer-reviewed publications stemming from the research funded by the scholarship must be made immediately available on an open access (non-embargoed) basis under an open license in accordance with the FRQ’s Open access policy for the dissemination of research (revised 2022).


The Fonds may grant training scholarships with partners. As with all scholarships granted by the Fonds, scholarship offers are given out according to merit following a scientific evaluation by a peer review committee.

There are three steps in the process to select eligible applicants for the scholarships:

  • Applicants select one or more partners whose research areas are in line with their research theme (in the Partnerships section of the application form);
  • The Fonds send the partners the list of applicants who have expressed interest and the information required to determine the relevance of the applications to their strategic and research priorities;
  • When the evaluation process is complete (see Section 5 of this document), applicants who obtained a scientific excellence rating that entitles them to receive funding from the Fonds and whose proposed projects are deemed relevant by the partners may receive an offer for a partnership scholarship.

By choosing to be considered for a partnership scholarship and being granted a scholarship, applicants agree that the partner may contact them regarding activities related to the research project.

Pediatric Research Foundation

Early childhood diseases

Training scholarships in the Pediatric research field, primarily in the area of childhood diseases. Amount of the scholarship: $51,000 per year

Parkinson Québec

Parkinson’s disease

Training scholarship in the field of Parkinson.

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Alzheimer’s disease

Candidates must also submit an application to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Amount of the award: $50,000 per year.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Multiple Sclerosis

Training scholarships in the Multiple Sclerosis research field.  All candidates must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

L’Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec (l’Entité nationale de formation de la SRAP)

Research with and for patients in a learning health system approach

The Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec is a provincial unit of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

The Unit works to continuously improve Quebec’s healthcare system and make it a learning system. It mobilizes and equips the network to do things differently and achieve the quintuple objective by promoting partnership work, the integration of science and innovation, and the facilitation of change. Its pan-Quebec team deploys its expertise in training, consulting, tools, facilitation and networking:

  • Building scientific and experiential knowledge
  • It offers à la carte support to project leaders in the network
  • It orchestrates continuous quality improvement

The National Training Entity (NTE), also part of CIHR’s PRAS, is a pan-Canadian organization that aims to increase, support and sustain the capacity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment focused on partnering with and for patients. ENF provides answers to changing healthcare questions, helping to improve the patient experience.

The fellowships offered by the FRQ in partnership with the Unit and the National Training Entity enable award holders to hone their skills and gain experience in research with and for patients, to network and to work interdisciplinarily with people and organizations working in healthcare in a learning health system approach.

Kidney Foundation of Canada and Canadian Society of Nephrology – KRESCENT program

Kidney health

Candidates must also submit an application to the KRESCENT Program (Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training).

Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle (SQHA) – Jacques de Champlain Award

Cardiovascular health and Hypertension

The Jacques de Champlain Award in Cardiovascular health and Hypertension fields includes a research support supplement (maximum of $10,000 per year).

Canadian Network on Hepatitis C

Research on the Hepatitis C virus

Training scholarships in Hepatitis C virus research.


To maintain a scholarship or supplement, the awardee must meet these basic requirements throughout the funding period:

  • Meet citizenship and residency requirements;
  • Have submitted the initial deposit of the thesis to begin the postdoctoral training and meet the requirements for obtaining the doctoral degree at the time of the third payment;
  • Be enrolled in the training program for which the scholarship was granted on a full-time basis (subject to the exceptions specified in this section);
  • Be present full-time in the host environment to pursue postdoctoral research
  • Comply with the rules pertaining to concurrent scholarships;
  • Comply with the rules pertaining to employment and internships.

Awardees must also comply with all the requirements specified in the program rules and Common General Rules.

Awardees must notify the Fonds as soon as possible when a requirement is no longer met and whenever there is a change in their situation that could affect compliance with the terms of the scholarship. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the scholarship and/or the obligation to reimburse the amounts received.


The award may begin between May 2024 and March 2025, on the first of the month.

For individuals whose training program is in progress at the time of the award letter, the first payment will be made as of May 30 following the award.

Awardees who have not provided a proof of thesis completion at the time of application, must provide a proof of initial thesis submission or a copy of the doctoral diploma to start receiving payments (no later than March 1, 2025).


Payments are conditional on compliance with the basic requirements and submission of all requirements documents in the FRQnet electronic portfolio (ePortfolio). Refer to the Scholarship holder’s guide to using an FRQS scholarship (Document Menu, blue Portfolio banner) for information on where to find the required documents and how to attach them to the ePortfolio.

9.2.1 Cancellation of a Payment or a Scholarship

The Fonds will cancel a scholarship upon notice if it is not claimed or deferred or if required documents are not received in the two months following the start of the semester.

The Fonds will cancel a scholarship upon notice if the awardee has not taken any action in their FRQnet ePortfolio for two consecutive semesters.

The Fonds will cancel a scholarship upon notice if two consecutive payments must be cancelled due to non-compliance with the basic requirements or if required documents have not been submitted in the two months following the start of the semester.

In addition, the FRQ reserves the right to cancel any payment or scholarship in accordance with the Policy for the responsible conduct of research.

A scholarship offer that is declined by the applicant cannot be reactivated.

9.2.2 Report

A final report in the format required by the FRQ must be submitted at the end of the semester in which the last scholarship payment is made.

9.2.3 Mandatory Basic Research Ethics Training

Who must take this training?  

Basic research ethics training is mandatory for all holders of this scholarship whose research involves humans (direct participation or the use of human biological material or data concerning humans). The training consists of completing levels 1 and 3 of the research ethics tutorial developed by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux in the year following the receipt of the scholarship offer from the FRQS (see Required documents section).


This exception is only available to an awardee who is the caregiver for a close family member, who is the primary caregiver for a young child (5 years and under) or who has a medical condition that prevents them from following a full-time program (in the case of a disability, see Section 9.3.2). During part-time semesters, the awardee may receive 50% of the value of the scholarship payments.

Awardees who want to avail themselves of this exception must complete their FRQnet ePortfolio and attach the following documents:

  • Proof of part-time studies from the university
  • Copy of the medical certificate (caregiver, medical condition) or the birth or adoption certificate of a child (parent)

It is possible to receive concurrent parental insurance plan benefits, as applicable.

The Fonds reserve the right to deny an insufficiently justified request.


The following table details the rules for concurrent funding.

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Training scholarships (master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral) from federal funding agencies: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Rules for Concurrent Funding

Partial* concurrent funding allowed

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Training scholarships (master’s, doctorate, postdoctoral, partnership) from Québec funding agencies such as the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Rules for Concurrent Funding

No concurrent funding

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Scholarships from Canadian and Québec government departments and agencies other than those mentioned above

Rules for Concurrent Funding

Concurrent funding allowed

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Co-supervised international mobility scholarships and scholarships for internships outside Québec

Rules for Concurrent Funding

Concurrent funding allowed

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) or Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

Rules for Concurrent Funding

No concurrent funding when the scholarships are for the same project

Type of Scholarship /Scholarship Program

Scholarships from the private sector, internal scholarships from universities and affiliated centres and supplementary scholarships from the research supervisor

Rules for Concurrent Funding

Concurrent funding allowed

*Partial Concurrent Funding with a Scholarship from a Federal Funding Agency

Partial concurrent funding with a scholarship from a federal funding agency is possible when the scholarship from the Fonds is of a higher value or longer duration than the scholarship with which concurrent funding is prohibited. In such cases, the awardee must accept the federal scholarship. However, the awardee may also accept the scholarship from the Fonds in order to take advantage of additional benefits that are not covered by the federal scholarship, as applicable.

  • When the value of the scholarship from the Fonds is higher than that of the other scholarship, the amount will be adjusted to make up for the shortfall;
  • When the duration of the scholarship from the Fonds is longer than that of the other scholarship, the Fonds will extend the term of the scholarship to make up for the shortfall when the other scholarship ends, unless the total value of the other scholarship is equal to or higher than the total value of the scholarship from the Fonds.
  • All the financial benefits associated with the Fonds’ scholarship will also be made available by the Fonds.

It is not possible to defer a payment or the start of a scholarship to receive another scholarship with which concurrent funding is prohibited.

Awardees who receive payments in a situation in which concurrent funding is prohibited will be required to reimburse the sums paid.

**Concurrent funding for studies outside Québec 

An awardee may hold concurrent scholarships from federal and provincial granting agencies if, at the start date of the scholarship from the Fonds, the awardee is attending an academic institution outside Québec and the annual tuition fees are equal to or higher than the annual value of the scholarship offered by the Fund. The annual value of the tuition fees does not include registration fees, student association fees, etc. Tuition fees must not be reimbursed by another organizations.


An awardee who obtains a position as a full-time professor in a Québec university may, after at least one full year of FRQS funding, request to use part of the award as start-up funding. Up to $15,000 may be converted. The awardee must contact the FRQS program manager to request the change.

The rules for using the funding are the same as those established for the starting grant for new scholars (see rules of the research scholars program).


During the authorised suspension of the research project due to the birth or adoption of a child, a scholarship holder may apply for an eight-month continuous parental leave supplement. This supplement may be requested only by those who have already received their first instalment as a grant holder.

To be eligible for this supplement, the scholarship holder must not be enrolled in a training programme or be in paid employment for the duration of the leave. In the case of partial cumulation, the scholarship supplement cannot be granted when a parental leave allowance is received from a federal agency. In this case, the scholarship holder must take the paid leave offered by the federal agency. If your university permits, parental leave may be extended for an additional four months at no additional cost.


Paid work carried out while enrolled in a training program is permitted. There is no limit of time per semester. The employment must be approved by the research supervisor and must not interfere with the research activities.

In addition to the paid work permitted per semester, awardees may earn a salary for working solely on the funded research project. For the sole purpose of interpreting the rules for concurrent funding (Section 9.4), the salary is considered a concurrent scholarship when confirmed by the research supervisor.


Deferral of payment is permitted for sick leave (refer to GCR Section 6.14), parental leave (refer to GCR Section 6.13) or family leave or to gain relevant experience.

9.8.1 Gaining Relevant Experience

For each full year of funding, the Fonds may authorize the suspension of one scholarship payment (one semester/four months) during which the awardee gains relevant experience (experience within a research team, teaching experience related in the field of training, language stay, etc.). The payment is then deferred until the end of the funding period. Awardees cannot use this provision for their first payment, to accept another scholarship with which concurrent funding is prohibited or to return to work while on study leave.

Deferrals to gain relevant experience may be consecutive if approved by the research supervisor. Part-time enrollment is also permitted during the consecutive semester(s), where university rules permit.

To avail themselves of an exception, awardees must submit a request to the Fonds that granted the scholarship. In addition, the research supervisor must provide a letter confirming their approval and the relevance of the activities that will be undertaken. The Fonds reserve the right to deny any request that is insufficiently justified or irrelevant.

9.8.2  Leave for Major Family Obligations or Parental Leave

The Fund will authorize the deferral of one or more payments when an awardee pauses their training to undertake major family or parenting obligations for as long as the awardee’s university permits.


An awardee who withdraws during the semester or who decides to pursue their studies on a part-time basis, except for the cases described in sections 9.3, is no longer eligible for the scholarship and must notify the Fonds to terminate it. The awardee may be required to reimburse the amounts paid.


Any change in an awardee’s situation must be communicated to the Fonds via the FRQnet ePortfolio. For reasons of equity, the Fonds will ensure the requested change does not impact the outcome of the application’s initial evaluation and remains in compliance with the eligibility requirements and program rules. The Fonds will assess the requested change and may decide to continue, reduce, suspend or terminate the payments. The Fonds my also require that the awardee reimburse the sums paid.

In all the following cases, the Fonds reserve the right to deny a request that is insufficiently justified or that calls into question the elements set out in the preceding paragraph.

9.10.1 Change in citizenship status

The conditions and privileges of the scholarship as they pertain to citizenship status at the time of application continue to apply throughout the term of the scholarship, even if an awardee’s citizenship status changes during the funding period.

9.10.2 Change in the term of the scholarship or start date

The funding period is determined based on the date of full-time registration in the training program. Two part-time semesters are equivalent to one full-time semester.

This type of change must be made prior to the first payment. It is strongly suggested that the change be requested upon accepting the scholarship. Once the first payment is made, the term of the scholarship and start date cannot be changed.

9.10.3 Change in training program

Any change of program during the term of the scholarship must be in line with the research areas of the Fonds that granted the scholarship and the review committee selection, as established in the initial application. However, if an awardee intends to change programs for administrative reasons and remains in the same field of study and research, the Fonds will assess the situation and the scholarship may be maintained.

9.10.4 Change in training location and institution

An awardee may change the training and research location on the condition that the change is consistent with Section 2.1 Citizenship and Domicile in the Common General Rules.

9.10.5 Change in research supervisor

An awardee who continues to study in the same training program and whose research project remains the same may change research supervisor. The request is automatically approved.

9.10.6 Change in research project

The awardee must justify, detail and demonstrate the new research project is of the same scientific quality as the initial project evaluated by the review committee. Before making its decision, the Fonds will ensure that the change does not impact the parameters of the committee’s evaluation. In addition, the awardee must specify whether they are remaining in the same field and department, with the same research supervisor and in the same university or research setting.


These rules apply to the 2024-2025 and subsequent fiscal years.


Training awards – FRQS