2 years or until the completion of the awardee's master's studies (final submission of the thesis), whichever the earliest.
Use of remaining installment:
Individuals who have finished their Master's degree without having used all of the installments allotted for that purpose can receive one installment to start a doctoral program, as long as they start the following term that this installment be made within the same timeframe as the initial award and that the eligibility requirements are respected.
This situation does not apply if a doctoral award has been offered to the individuals.
Accelerated path to a doctorate:
Individual who received a Master's award and would like to continue onto doctoral studies without obtaining a Master's diploma can receive the installments that were not used during their Master's award to start a doctoral program, as long as the program starts the following term and that the eligibility requirements are respected. These installments must be claimed within the same timeframe as the initial award. The individual must have received at least one installment of the award.
The candidate fast tracking to a doctorate without having started his or her master's scholarship is entitled to a maximum of one year master's scholarship (3 terms) up the stipulated amount for a master degree, as a transitional measure, as long as the eligibility requirements are respected
These situations do not apply if a doctoral award has been offered to the individual.