Postdoctoral Training for Applicants Living Outside of Québec / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

Maximum of 30 000 $ per year


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 citizens of other countries and Canadian citizens (applicants from other Canadian provinces and permanent residents of Canada) who are not domiciled in Québec and who wish to purse their postdoctoral training in the province.

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).
  • Citizens of other countries and Canadian citizens (or permanent residents) who are not domiciled in Québec (applicants from other Canadian provinces) who seek to pursue their postdoctoral training in Québec

Not eligible: incumbents of a university position

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 host university different from the one which awarded the Doctorate
  • Choose a supervisor and a co-supervisor different from that of the Doctorate
  • Applicants who have not submitted their doctoral thesis when applying for the award must provide proof of submission by September 30, 2014.

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 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

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

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 award holder must submit (via e-mail, in PDF format)

  • A written confirmation of the beginning of your project from your research directior (and annually thereafter


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.



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

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 grids (see the toolbox).


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 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 partners, by priority order, one or more whose research 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.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Applicants must also apply to the Alzheimer Society of Canada

 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
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

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.

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

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 to apply.

Réseau québécois de recherche sur le suicide (RQRS)

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