Postdoctoral Training / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

30 000$


Duration :

2 years and possibly 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 postdoctoral training program is aimed at Canadian citizens and permanent residents domiciled in Québec. Citizens of other countries and Canadian citizens who are not domiciled in Québec (applicants from other Canadian provinces) must select a postdoctoral training program for non-residents of Québec).

The purpose of this program is to help doctorate (Ph.D.) holders to enhance their training and broaden their fields of interest. It is also aimed at encouraging these researchers to experience new scientific environments, to acquire new research methodologies and management and communication skills, and to supervise students. The FRQS assumes that the internship director will mentor applicants in developing their university career.


Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with a doctoral degree (Ph.D.)

Applicants must have obtained their doctorate no more than two years before October 15, 2013 (except for applications for renewal).

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

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 pursue full-time postdoctoral training in human health sciences research
  • Must be supervised by an independent investigator (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.2)
  • Choose a different host university from the university at which the applicant earned his or her Ph.D. (preferably outside Québec)
  • the supervisor and co-supervisor must be from a university other than the one from which the doctorate was earned.
  • Applicants unable to submit their doctoral thesis at the time of applying must provide, no later than September 30, 2014, an attestation that the thesis has been submitted.

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
  • Official doctoral transcripts (except for renewal applications)
  • Copies of all award, honours and distinction notices, including FRQS awards
  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles that are submitted or accepted for publication
  • Copy of the applicant's permanent resident card (if applicable)

Research supervisor (and co-supervisors, 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 in a professional corporation and of licence to practise in Québec (if applicable), submitted by June 30, 2014, and each subsequent year, for the duration of the award
  • Copy of permanent resident card, if applicable, submitted by June 30, 2014

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.
  • All documents must be sent in a single PDF file to the program officer. The name of the PDF file must include the applicant's name and application number.


Applicant will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application, including notice of eligibility, by latest 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
  • A written confirmation of the beginning of your project from your research directior (and annually thereafter).





Training location


Choice of training location

Must be an internationally-recognized research environment


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 change 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


2 years and possibly 3 years, conditional upon the acceptance of a renewal application.

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 a notice by e-mail 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 award


  • Applicants with a Ph.D.: $30,000/year
  • Applicants with a professional degree: $30,000 - $39,323/year, depending on the year the degree was earned

Awards granted for internships out of Québec will be adjusted upwards of an amount of $15,000.


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

Maximum of 250 hours per 6-month period

Requires the research supervisor's permission and the work must not interfere with the awardee's research activities.

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

Travel expenses

The travel expenses (one return economy airline ticket) of researchers carrying out their projects in institutions located outside Québec may be reimbursed upon the presentation of supporting documents.




All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various health research disciplines and methodologies.

Criteria - First application

Academic record

  • Awards
  • Honours
  • Distinctions

Aptitudes and experience

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Publications
  • Internship

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 choice of the candidate
  • 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 grid (see the toolbox).

Criteria - Renewal application

Research project's state of advancement since the start of postdoctoral training

  • Advancement with respect to methodology and discipline
  • Justification for renewal and potential for successful outcome
  • Research supervisor's evaluation

Achievements since the start of postdoctoral training

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Publications


Awardee's agreement

In submitting an application, the applicant must:

  • Comply with the obligations outlined in the common general rules (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.
  • Comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique and ensure that the awardee also complies with them.


Awards offered in partnership

The FRQS offers a certain number of awards in collaboration with partners. The amounts of funding provided by the FRQS and the partner and other funding conditions (i.e. funding period and renewal option) vary according to the agreements in effect.

Eligible applicants are selected through a three-step process:

  1. Applicants must select partners whose research focuses 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 redacted 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 several 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.

Ageing (biology and social impact of ageing)
Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV)
Prestigious postdoctoral awards for research in aging for applicants who will be carrying out their work at the National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institutes of Health, an affiliated centre or an NIA-funded extramural laboratory. This award includes a research support supplement of $10,000.

Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Applicant must also submit an application to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Child health
Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
Applicant must submit also an application to the CCHCSP.

Fondation de recherche chiropratique du Québec
Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec
Only applicants who hold a doctor of chiropractic are eligible to apply.

Fondation de recherche chiropratique du Québec – Bourse Normand Danis

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) - Programme de recherche sur la problématique des urgences

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.

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 – 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

Applicants must also submit an application to the KRESCENT Program.

Macular Degeneration
Fondation Antoine Turmel

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Applicant must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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

Parkinson's disease
Parkinson Society Canada (PSC)
Applicant must also submit an application to the Parkinson Society of Canada.

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)

Technical Assistance

Email: centre.assistance.sante
1 866 901-7871

Monday to Friday
8h30 to 12h and 1h to 4h
(Friday in Summer: 8h30 to 12h)

All requests for technical assistance sent by e-mail are processed first.