Doctoral Training


Summary

Competition year :

2019-2020

 

Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2018, 4:30 PM

 

Amount :

$21,000 per year

 

Duration :

4 years

 

Announcement of results :

April 2019

 

 

REMINDER
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.

 

Objectives

 

This program aims to support university students seeking to pursue health research training in a doctoral university program. All human health themes are eligible, regardless of the proposed methodology or models.

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.

 


1.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with an undergraduate or a master's degree

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents domiciled in Québec (see section 2.1 of Common General Rules)

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.

Health professionals with a valid licence to practice in Québec should apply to one of the following award programs:

  • Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree in Human Health (see program rules)

  • Professional Postgraduate Training in Research (Fellowship) (see program rules)

Terms and regulations

  • Must be enrolled in a full-time research doctoral program no later than January 15th, 2020 and whose research project is directly concerned with human health.

Doctoral awards are intended for applicants who are enrolled in a doctoral research program for 14 terms or less as of April 30, 2019.

The number of enrolment terms is calculated from the first application date to a research doctoral program related to human health.

Individuals who enroll directly in a doctoral research program after their undergraduate degree or after a professional master's program and individuals who are taking an accelerated path into a doctoral research program without having received a master's diploma must first apply to the master's research award if they are eligible (3 terms or less as of April 30th, 2019).

  • To be considered "a research program," the doctoral program must consist of a minimum of 36 credits dedicated to research and lead to the writing of a doctoral thesis.

  • Individuals must be  supervised by a university researcher or clinical university researcher (as defined in the Definitions section of the Common General Rules).

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).

  • Individuals enrolling in a post-master's qualification program in France (Diplôme d'études approfondies, D.E.A. or the equivalent) must apply for master's award.

Exceptions

  • Students who suspended their doctoral studies to take parental leave may defer their eligibility period for up to one year.

  • If an applicant is a handicapped person in accordance with the Act ensuring handicapped persons their rights for academic, professional and social integration (L.R.C. chapter E-20-1), the rules pertaining to program registration do not apply.

Part time studies are permitted in the following cases:

  • Parent or caregiver: exclusively for the person who acts as the caregiver for a close family member or who is the main care provider for a young child.

  • Handicapped person: exclusively for a handicapped person in accordance with the Act ensuring handicapped persons their rights for academic, professional and social integration (L.R.C. chapter E-20-1)

The affiliated University and the research supervisor should both authorize the request for part time studies (see the section Duration of the Award).

Restrictions

  • Professional master's or doctoral programs are not eligible.

  • For doctoral programs in psychology, consult the Eligibility of doctoral programs in psychology for FRQS training awards document to check if the selected program is eligible.

  • An individual who already holds a research doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the field of human health, is not eligible to submit an application in this program.

  • An individual who has received financial support from a recognized funding agency (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FRQNT, FRQS, FRQSC, etc.) over a period totaling six years (or 18 terms) cannot submit an application to the FRQS to undertake or pursue a doctoral program (see section 6.1 of the Common General Rules).

  • Individuals can not reapply in a program where they have previously received an award offer

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:

  • Participation of human beings

  • Use of human biological materials (parts, products, tissue, cells, genetic materials, derived from a living or dead individual)

  • Assisted procreation activities or the use of human embryos derived therefrom, within the meaning of the Act respecting clinical and research activities relating to assisted procreation (CQLR c. A-5.01)

  • The use of administrative, scientific or descriptive data from human participants

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.

The FRQS encourages awardees to follow a one-credit research ethics training course in addition to the mandatory 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. 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.

Applicants

Academic transcripts must be complete and include grading scales (at the back of the transcript), for candidates from Québec as well as for candidates outside of Québec.

For transcripts from institutions located outside North America, the applicant must include a note explaining the institution's marking system

  • Copies of all awards, honours and distinction notices, including FRQS awards

  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles submitted and accepted for publication

For individuals with a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in Québec:

  • a copy of a valid Quebec health insurance card OR evidence of eligibility to the RAMQ (official RAMQ document before the issuance of the card)

For individuals with a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and domiciled in a province other than Québec:

  • an official document confirming that the individual lived in Québec on a regular and daily basis for at least six months, within the seven months preceding the submission deadline of the competition (see the list of accepted documentation in the Toolbox)

AND

  • a proof of application, registration or admission to a Québec university at the time of the application submission.

For individuals without a Canadian citizenship or permanent residency:

  • an official document confirming that the individual lived in Québec on a regular and daily basis for at least six months within the seven months preceding the submission deadline of the competition (see the list of accepted documentation in the Toolbox)

AND

  • a proof of application, registration or admission to a Québec university at the time of the application submission.

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

For candidates pursuing their training in Québec: the university will have to confirm that the awardee is officially registered.

For candidates pursuing their training outside Québec: the awardee must provide an official proof of registration at the university.

Before the start of the second year of the award

To start the second year of the award, the awardee will have to provide:

  • a confirmation from the supervisor indicating that the student is still under his/her supervision (and annually thereafter) (by email)

  • ethics training certificates (levels 1 and 3), if applicable (by email in a single PDF document)

 


3.

TRAINING LOCATION

Choice of training location

Full time registration in a research doctoral program related to human health is allowed:

  • in a Québec university

OR

  • in a recognized Canadian or foreign university exclusively for individuals who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents AND have a valid Quebec health insurance card or evidence of eligibility to the RAMQ.

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 to the FRQS the Change of research project, supervisor or training location form (see Toolbox) and the required documents in a single PDF file.

 


4.

DURATION OF THE AWARD

Effective start date 

May 2019 (Summer term), September 2019 (Fall term) or January 2020 (Winter term), according to the start date of the study program.

If the study program is already in progress in May 2019, the award should begin in May 2019, with some exceptions.

Duration

4 years maximum (12 terms*) or until the completion of the awardee's doctoral studies (final submission of the thesis), whichever the earliest, non-renewable.

*when applicable, the payments of the 11th and 12th terms are conditional upon the submission of the thesis by the end of the 12th term (proof of submission to the University)

The period of validity during which doctoral awards may be issued is limited to the first 15 terms of enrollment in the doctoral program that is the subject of the award. The initial calculation of the duration of the scholarship is based on the number of terms of doctoral studies completed on April 30, 2019. In the event that the award does not start in May 2019 but the study program is already in progress, a new downward calculation will have to be made based on the number of terms completed at the actual inception of the award.

Refer to the table for the calculation of the potential duration of the award based on the number of terms of study completed on April 30, 2019 (Toolbox).

Parental leave

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. Aawardees 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.

Acquiring relevant experience

It is possible, for each full year of funding provided by the FRQS, to suspend and postpone award installments for one term (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 (Report de versement de bourse). 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.

Part-Time

Part-time studies are permitted exclusively for caregivers, parents and handicapped individuals. To benefit from this measure, the award holder must submit a request to the FRQS by filling out the "Part-time studies" form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the required documentation.

Caregiver or Parent

This measure applies only to the award holder who acts as the caregiver for a close family member or for a person that is the main care provider for a young child.

During the terms that will be part-time, the awardee will receive 50 % of the value of the regular award installments.

The awardee will need to fill out the "Part-time studies " form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the following documents:

  • a proof of part-time studies from the University

  • a letter of support from the research supervisor

  • a copy of the medical certificate (for caregiver) or the birth certificate or certificate of adoption of a child (parent)

If applicable, this can be cumulated with the benefits paid by the Parental Insurance Plan.

Handicapped person

This measure applies only to a handicapped person in accordance with the Act ensuring handicapped persons their rights for academic, professional and social integration (L.R.C. chapter E-20-1)

During the terms that will be part-time, the awardee will receive the full value of the regular award installments as long as the University authorizes the part-time studies of the individual.

The awardee will need to fill out the "Part-time studies" form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the following documents:

  • a proof of part-time studies from the University

  • a letter of support from the research supervisor

  • a medical certificate confirming the condition

 


5.

AMOUNT OF THE AWARD

Amount

Maximum $ 21,000 / year* according to the number of eligible terms (refer to Duration)
* except in some cases (see section on Awards in partnership)

Administration

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.

Income Tax

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 1 will 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 this 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

Authorized paid work

Awardees may accept a teaching load of 45 hours per session or a position that does not involve more than 225 hours of remunerated work per term, provided the research supervisor is in agreement and that the work does not interfere with their research activities.

Additional funding

Awardees may accept additional funds from their institution or their research supervisor.

Concurrent funding

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, except in the case of the supplement given by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).

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.

Research internship

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 to either 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.

 


7.

EVALUATION

Process

All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various disciplines and institutions.

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
- Feasibility
- Originality of the project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge

30
6
6
6
6
6

Quality of training environment
- Justification of the applicant's choice
- Quality of supervisor's publication record as it pertains to student training

15
8
7

Excellence of academic record
- Global academic record: rating, progession and continuity
- Awards, honours, and distinctions

25
15
10

Skills and experiences
- Publications
- Lectures and presentations
- Research projects and research training programs

30
15
7
8

 


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.


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:

  • Applicants must select by priority order, one or more partners whose research areas are in line with the themes of their application in order of preference (see section Partenariats [partnerships] on the form).

  • The FRQS sends the partners a list of applications for relevancy review based on their interests and research priorities.

  • Applications are then reviewed by the regular FRQS committees of experts or peers. Applications with a scientific excellence score of at least 70% and also relevant to one or more partners may be considered for funding in partnership.

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: $22,000 per year.

Cancer Bioinformatics

Oncopole
Awards aimed to bioinformatics students who are interested in oncology issues and who are doing doctoral studies in Quebec (Quebecker and non-Quebecker). This award includes an additional $ 15,000 per year for the first two years and $ 10,000 for the third year in addition to the amount of the FRQS award.

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec
Priority will be given to applicants collaborating with a new researcher currently funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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
Training awards in the Pediatric research field, primarily in the area of early childhood diseases diagnosis.

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).

Macular Degeneration

Fondation Antoine-Turmel
Training Awards in the Macular Degeneration research field. Priority will be given to doctoral and postdoctoral training.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Training Awards in the Multiple Sclerosis research field. All candidates must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Amount of the Ph.D. award: $21,000 to $22,000 per year.

Osteoporosis

Fondation Antoine-Turmel
Training Awards in the Osteoporosis research field. Priority will be given to doctoral and posdoctoral training awards.

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson Canada
Training Awards in the Parkinson's Disease research field. Candidates must also submit an application to Parkinson Canada. Amount of the Ph.D. award: $21,000 to $25,000 per year.

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson Québec
Training Awards in the Parkinson's Disease research field. Amount of the Ph.D. award: 25,000 per year.

Traumatology

Traumatology Research Consortium
Training Awards in the Traumatology research field.

Consortium partners:

  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS)

  • Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

  • FRQS Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR)

  • Comité directeur pour la recherche en traumatologie (formerly AERDPQ – AQESSS)