Master's or Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

From $25,024 to $39,323/year


Duration :

Master's: 2 years / Doctoral: 3 years


Announcement of results :

April 2014



NOTE: No technical or administrative support will be available on Saturday, Sunday and on Monday, October 14 2013.

This program is designed to encourage health professionals to acquire research training as part of a university Master's or doctoral program. All human health themes are eligible, regardless of proposed methodology or models.





Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with a professional university degree in a human health sciences discipline and a valid license to practice in Québec
  • Resident physicians (recognized by Quebec's Collège des Médecins) wishing to interrupt clinical training to undertake research training

Health professionals without a valid license to practise in Québec must apply to the Master's or Doctoral Training program.

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents domiciled in Québec (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.1), on the date the award becomes effective, or by June 30, 2014

This status must remain in effect for the duration of the award

Not eligible: Those who hold an academic position, unless they take unpaid leave for the duration of the training award. An official letter confirming their employment status for the period and stating that they will resume their position once the training is completed should be provided by the employer.

Terms and conditions

  • Must be enrolled in a full-time Master's or doctoral program, in a Québec university, as of September 30, 2014.

An applicant may enroll at a university in Canada or another country if he or she is able to demonstrate the advantage of doing so.

Master's awards are intended for applicants who have been enrolled in a master's research program, for one year or less as of April 30, 2014.

Ph.D. awards are intended for applicants who have been enrolled in a doctoral research program for three years or less as of April 30, 2014.

Students enrolled in a doctoral research program straight after their bachelor's degree must first apply to the master's research program if they are eligible.

The number of enrolment years is calculated according to the application date to the master's program or doctoral program.

Students who have suspended their studies to take parental leave may defer their period of eligibility for a maximum of 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, the rules for registration do not apply. The duration of the award remains at 2 years for the Master's and 3 years for the Doctorate.

  • Must submit a health research project and be supervised by an independent investigator (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.2)
  • Must devote at least 75% of his/her time to research and training activities

Basic training in research ethics

Basic training in research ethics is compulsory for all FRQS awardees when their research project involves human subjects.

The term "research project involving human subjects" applies when the research project involves:

  • living human subjects;
  • cadavers, human remains, tissues, biological fluids, gametes, embryos or fetuses, cells or genetic materials;
  • personal information on file. Personal information is defined as information that enables a person to be identified.

This basic training consists of successful completion of Levels 1 and 3 of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux On-line Tutorial in Research Ethics.

Awardees must complete this basic training within a year of receipt of a positive response concerning the FRQS award.

FRQS encourages awardees to obtain, when possible, one-credit research ethics training in addition to the compulsory basic training in research ethics.




Required documents

Before October 15, 2013


  • Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation will not be accepted
  • Transmission via the FRQS Web site only


  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version);

The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.

  • Detailed contributions (as a CV attachment);
  • Bourses de formation application form;
  • Form to calculate the number of training program sessions (calcul du nombre de sessions aux programmes de formation) available with the training awards form (Bourses de formation);
  • Official academic transcripts for all university courses taken, whether completed or not;

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;
  • Copy of the applicant's permanent resident card (if applicable).

Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)

  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version);

The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.

  • detailed contributions (as a CV attachment);
  • Director's Form.

After October 15, 2013

  • E-mail transmission (PDF documents only)


  • Proof of membership to a professional corporation and proof of license to practice in Québec, at the start of the award or by June 30, 2014, and then for each subsequent year for the duration of the award.

For professions that issue licenses in October (e.g. pharmacists and physical therapists), applicants must advise the FRQS prior to June 30, 2014, in a letter co-signed by the research supervisor.

  • A copy of the applicant's permanent resident card by June 30, 2014, if applicable (when not joined with the application).

Application update

The e-mail transmission date will attest to the date on which the documents were submitted.

Articles in journals with peer-review committees may be updated until November 30, 2013.

  • Please include confirmation from publishers regarding articles submitted or accepted for publication.
  • Don't forget to submit all of your e-documents in a single PDF file to the program officer that includes the applicant's name and application number.


Applicant will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application in November.

At the starting date of the award

When the award comes into effect, the awardee must submit (via e-mail, in PDF format):

  • A copy of a valid Québec health insurance card;
  • An official proof of registration from the Registrar Office. Official proof of registration will also be required upon request from the program officer thereafter.




Training location

Choice of training location

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Master's or doctoral program in a recognized Canadian or foreign university.

Change of training location

Award recipients who wish to change research project, director, program or training institution must apply to do so by submitting the request form (in French) and required documents in a single PDF file to the program officer via e-mail.


Duration of the award


Effective starting date

Between May 1 and October 31, 2014

Master's award

2 years or until completion of Master's studies, whichever comes first

  • Awardees continuing on to doctoral studies may use any remaining portion of their Master's award toward those studies.

Doctoral award

3 years or upon termination of doctoral studies, the shorter of the two, if the candidate was registered in the doctoral program for 2 years or less on April 30, 2014.

2 years or upon termination of doctoral studies, the shorter of the two, if the candidate was registered in the doctoral program for 3 years or less on April 30, 2014.

Parental leave

Awardees are entitled to a maximum of 6 months of paid parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption), in which case the duration of the award will be extended by a maximum of 6 months. If both parents are awardees, only one of them is entitled to paid parental leave.

An applicant who wishes to take parental leave must have held the award for at least 4 months, unless he or she is already receiving an award from the FRQS.

Awardees must give the FRQS written notice by email of their intention to take parental leave, accompanied by a statement from their research director confirming that their training is being suspended for those months.

The paternity leave cannot begin before the first week of the child's birth. The awardee must attach a copy of the birth certificate to his application.

Sick leave

The awardee may defer the award in case of serious illness (his or her own or the illness of a close family member) upon presentation of a medical certificate that includes the precise length of leave prescribed by the physician. The recipient must inform the FRQS via e-mail of his/her intention to postpone the award. Payments will be suspended during that period.


Amount of the aeard


$25,024 - $39,323/year, depending on the year the professional degree was earned


The award will be paid out to the applicant in instalments sent to institution where the applicant is carrying out the training program.

Income Tax

The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on amounts received from the FRQS. No taxes are withheld at source by the FRQS on amounts disbursed during the tax year in question.

The date the amount is granted 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 form 1 are sent to the awardee's mailing address (the one shown in the candidate's module /module du candidat) in February of the following year of taxation.

The details provided in this form are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of the information given about income tax.

Parental leave

See Duration of award


Other sources of funding


Authorized paid work

The awardee may supplement his/her income through professional activities, provided that he/she devotes at least 75% of his/her time to research or research training and that the source of the income is not a FRQS grant.

Institution or supervisor

The awardee may accept additional funding from the institution or his/her research supervisor.

Concurrent funding

See Common Rules and Regulations, art. 6.13




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


Academic record

  • Excellence of academic record
  • Awards
  • Honours
  • Distinctions

Aptitudes and experience

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Publications
  • Research projects and internship programs

Research project

  • Clear, concise background for research problem
  • Clarity and agreement between hypotheses and objectives
  • Relevant methods and analysis
  • Feasibility
  • Originality of project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge

Training environment

  • Justification of the candidate's choice
  • Quality of supervisor's publication record related to student training record

The weighting of the evaluation criteria and sub-criteria is detailed in the evaluation grids (see the toolbox).


Awardee's agreement

In submitting an application, the applicant must:

  • Comply with the obligations outlined in the Common Rules and Regulations (Règles générales communes) of the three Fonds and in the Politique du Libre accès aux résultats de recherche publiés as well as with the conditions and requirements outlined in the online program description;
  • Comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique;
  • Authorize the FRQS to retain and use the personal and scientific information included in the application documents, in keeping with the terms outlined in the document Accès aux documents et protection des renseignements personnels and provided that the people who are granted access to the information respect its confidentiality.


Supervisor's agreement

The supervisor must:

  • Oversee the awardee's work and provide the awardee with the material and financial means necessary to carry out the research project;
  • Ensure that the awardee complies with the standards of ethics and integrity outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique.


Awards offered in partnership

The FRQS offers a number of awards in collaboration with partners. The amounts of funding provided by the 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:

  1. Applicants must select, by priority order, one or more partners whose research areas are in line with the themes of the application in order of preference (see section Partenariats [partnerships] on the form).
  2. The FRQS will send the partners a list of applications. The partners will assess the relevance of the applications based on their interests and research priorities.
  3. The applications will be assessed by a committee of experts or peers. Applications that obtain a score of at least 70% for scientific excellence and which are relevant to the work of one or more partners may be offered partnership funding.

Like all other FRQS awards, the partnership awards are attributed based on merit following a scientific assessment by a committee of experts or peers.

Child health (Ph.D. only)

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)

Applicant must submit also an application to the CCHCSP.

Chiropractic (Ph.D. only)

  • Fondation de recherche chiropratique du Québec
  • Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec

Only applicants who hold a doctor of chiropractic are eligible to apply.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Ph.D. only)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)


Cancer Research Society (CRS)

Only aimed at applicants who received a project grant under the CRS's Environment-cancer Fund ( GRePEC competition) in partnership with the FRQS and MESRST.

Geriatric nursing

  • Québec Network for Research on Aging (QNRA) - Chantal-Caron Doctoral Training Award
  • CIHR – Institute of Aging

The Chantal-Caron Doctoral Training Award in Geriatric Nursing is open to applicants holding a valid license from the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec and a master's degree in nursing or a relevant field. Applicants must also be a student-member of the QNRA and be supervised by an independent researcher who is an active member of the QNRA.

Hypertension (Ph.D. only)

Société québécoise d'hypertension artérielle (SQHA) - Jacques de Champlain Award

The Jacques de Champlain Award in cardiovascular health and hypertension areas includes a research support supplement.

Infectious diseases and AIDS

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) – Service de lutte contre les infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (SLITSS)

Kidney health

  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada - KRESCENT Research Program (Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training)
  • Canadian Society of Nephrology

The applicant must also submit an application to the KRESCENT Program.

Multiple Sclerosis (Ph.D. only)

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Applicant must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Only physicians are eligible.

Macular Degeneration

Fondation Antoine Turmel

Optimal drug use

Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)

The research theme of these training awards is medication: pharmacology, phamacoepidemiology, clinical pharmacology, and evaluative research on drug use.


Fondation Antoine Turmel


Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Quebec and Eastern Ontario (IRNPQEO)

Only applicants who are members of the Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Québec and Eastern Ontario (IRNPQEO) are eligible.


Réseau québécois de recherche sur le suicide (RQRS)


Traumatology Research Consortium

  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS)
  • Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
  • Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR)
  • Association québécoise d'établissements de santé et des services sociaux (AQESSS)
  • Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec (AERDPQ)

Do you have questions?

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Nancy Ronco

Program Officer (Master's)


514 873-2114, poste 1282

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