Merit scholarship program for foreign students (PBEEE) in Canada

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Merit scholarship program for foreign students (PBEEE) at Canada

Designation/Position- Merit scholarship program

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) invites application for Merit scholarship program from eligible and interested candidates

About- The objective of the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE) is to support the internationalization of research activities in Québec’s institutions of higher education, to attract the best foreign researchers and students, and to promote abroad Québec universities and College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT).

Research/Job Area- Natural or social science researchers

Location- Québec’s institutions of higher education

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  • Must meet all eligibility conditions at the closing date of the competition (a different closing date has to be confirmed for the students preselected by CSC).
  •  Must have been preselected by a university or Synchronex (a CCTT).
  •  For the Québec-China scholarship, must be preselected by the CSC.
  •  Cannot have already received a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from MEES, FRQNT or theFonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).
  •  Cannot be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  •  Cannot have applied for permanent resident status under Canadian immigration law.

Restriction for programs of study

  •  Double doctoral degree programs are not eligible.
  •  Québec-Wallonia scholarship applicants must have previously studied in a French-language university-level institution in Belgium by the time they are granted their scholarship.

Job/Position Description- 

  • The program covers higher education as a whole by giving to the CCTT researchers and administrators the opportunity to participate.
  • In a more generic way, the attribution of scholarships for foreign students aims at creating cultural links and allowing the setting up of possible common scientific research projects.
  • The program also represents an instrument for the MEES to support the Government of Québec’s scientific policy.

The Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Students has three components:

  •  Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W);
  •  Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M);
  •  Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W)

Value of scholarships for each component

Doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W): $25,000 a year. The duration of the scholarship is three years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months (monthly allowance of $1,000).

Postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M): $35,000 for one year (cannot be renewed).

Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W): $3,000 a month for a period of up to four months.

All countries scholarships

Doctoral research scholarships (V1)
Postdoctoral scholarships (V2)
Short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3)

Québec-Brazil scholarships

Québec-Brazil Doctoral research scholarships (1B)
Québec-Brazil Postdoctoral scholarships (2B)
Québec-Brazil Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3B)

Québec-China scholarships

Québec-China Doctoral research scholarships (1C)
Québec-China Postdoctoral scholarships (2C)
Québec-China Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3C)

Québec-India scholarships

Québec-India Doctoral research scholarships (1I)
Québec-India Postdoctoral scholarships (2I)
Québec-India Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3I)

Québec-Israel scholarships

Québec-Israel Doctoral research scholarships (1IS)
Québec-Israel Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3IS)

Québec-Mexico scholarships

Québec-Mexico Doctoral research scholarships (1M)
Québec-Mexico Postdoctoral scholarships (2M)
Québec-Mexico Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3M)

Québec-Wallonia scholarships

Québec-Wallonia Doctoral research scholarships (1W)
Québec-Wallonia Short-term research or professional development scholarships (3W)

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria and weighting:

CriteriaDoctoratePostdoctorateShort-term research
Excellence of university record30 points20 points30 points
Aptitude for research and relevant research experience40 points30 points30 points
Scientific quality and interest of the proposed research project and quality of the research environment30 points50 points40 points
TOTAL100 points100 points100 points

How to Apply- 

  • Once preselected, the candidate must create his account in the FRQnet system. The FRQNT will then contact all preselected candidates to complete an electronic form to which the required documents will be attached. Applicants can consult the “Instructions for completing an application” document in the Toolbox.
  • Only the 2021-2022 competition electronic forms and other required documents will be accepted. No documents other than those requested will be transmitted to the evaluation committee.
  • E-forms are available only in the secure zone of the FRQnet system of the FRQNT. They must be completed and sent electronically.
  • Files cannot be updated after the closing date for applications. It is suggested to keep a printed copy of your form for your records
  • The form may be completed in French or English. Candidates who apply in English must provide a French title for their project.

Required supporting documents

A) Documents to include in the electronic form (PDF)

  • A copy of the identification page of a valid passport 
  • Transcripts for every year of all university studies
  • Acknowledgements of receipt

B) Letter of reference (Online)

C) Letter of acceptance (online)

For Contact- 

Last Date for Apply– 1 November 2020

Results are announced by e-mail at the beginning of April 2021.

Candidates can access the letter of the announcement in their application e-file. Each candidate is then informed of his/her ranking and can print the letter of the announcement.

  • Submission to FRQNT of the candidates preselected by CSC : March 31st 2021
  •  Submission of application to FRQNT by preselected candidates : November1st 2020, 4 pm

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