Postdoctoral Training for Applicants Living Outside of Québec


Summary

Competition year :

2017-2018

 

Deadline (application) :

October 17th, 2016, 4:30 PM

 

Amount :

$30,000 per year

 

Duration :

2 or 3 years

 

Announcement of results :

April 2017

 

Objectives

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 supervisor will mentor applicants in developing their university career.

Program rules that prevail are those of the PDF version.

Program rules

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 file eligibility review.

 

 


1.

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, 2016 (except for renewal applications).
    This period could be extended by a maximum of one year if the candidate has been on a parental leave after the doctorate.

  • 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 regulations
  • Must pursue full-time postdoctoral training in human health sciences research

  • Must be supervised by an independent researcher (as defined in the Common General Rules, Annex 1c)

  • Choose a host university different from the one which awarded the Doctorate

  • The supervisor and co-supervisor must be different than those who supervised the applicant during his/her PhD studies and should not be affiliated to the university at which the applicant earned his/her Ph.D.

  • Applicants unable to submit their doctoral thesis at the time of applying must provide, no later than September 30, 2017, an attestation that the thesis has been submitted.

Basic research ethics training

Basic research ethics training is compulsory for all FRQS awardees conducting research projects that involve human subjects.

Research that involves human subjects includes work on :

  • living human subjects

  • cadavers, human remains, tissues, biological fluids, gametes, embryos or fetuses, cells or genetic materials

  • personal information from files that enables a person to be identified.

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 in the year following the receipt of a confirmation from the FRQS that the award was granted.

The FRQS encourages awardees to follow a one-credit research ethics training course in addition to the compulsory basic research ethics training, whenever possible.

 


2.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

By October 17, 2016, 4:30 pm

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles submitted or accepted for publication

Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)

After October 17, 2016

  • E-mail transmission (PDF documents only)
    The e-mail transmission date will attest to the date on which the documents were submitted

Application update

Articles in journals with peer-review committees may be updated until November 30, 2016.

  • Include confirmations from publishers regarding articles submitted or accepted for publication.

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

Confirmation

Applicant will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application, including notice of eligibility, by the end of November.

At the starting date of the award and annually thereafter

When the award comes into effect and annually thereafter, the awardee must submit :

  • A written confirmation of the beginning or the continuation of your project from your research supervisor by email to the program officer

Before the start of the second year of the award

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

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

 


3.

TRAINING LOCATION

Choice of training location

Must be a Québec-recognized research environment.

Awardees must complete their research training in the physical location of the host institution. Distance learning is not allowed.

Change of training location

Awardees who wish to change their research project, supervisor, program or training institution (while staying in Québec) must submit the FRQS request form Change of research project, supervisor or training location (see Toolbox) and the required documents in a single PDF file to the program officer by email.

 


5.

AMOUNT OF THE AWARD

Amount

$30,000/year*

*except in some cases (see section on Awards offered in partnerships)

Administration

The award will be paid to the awardee by installments sent to the address of his/or her institution.

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.

Revenu Canada's T4A form and Revenu Québec's form 1 are sent to the awardee's mailing address (the one shown 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 form are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of the information given about income tax.

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

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 funds from the institution or his/her 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. However, if the amount of the other award is lower than the FRQS' one, 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 either to 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
First application

 

Quality 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

Skills and experience
- Publications
- Lectures, presentations and internships

40
30
10

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

15
5
10

Excellence of academic record
- Awards, honours, and distinctions

15
15

Criteria and weighting
Renewal application

Research project's state of advancement since the start of postdoctoral training
- Level of completion of the project in view of the methodology
- Justification for renewal and potential for successful outcome
- Research supervisor's evaluation

60

20
20
20

Achievements since the start of postdoctoral training
- Lectures and presentations
- Publications

40
20
20

 


8.

APPLICANT'S AGREEMENT

By submitting an application, the applicant must:

 


9.

SUPERVISOR'S AGREEMENT AND CO-SUPERVISOR'S

The supervisor and co-supervisor must:

 


10.

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.


12.

AWARDS OFFERED 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.

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