Canadian Government International Students Doctoral Research Scholarships 2017-2018


The Canadian Government in her commitment to support international education in Canada is delighted to invite applications from international students for the  International Students Doctoral Research Scholarships in Canada, worthy of note is the eligibility criteria as listed

The doctoral research scholarships program for international students (DE) of the Research Fund of Quebec – Nature and Technology (FRQNT) aims to stimulate international students’ interest in beginning or pursuing doctoral studies in Québec and provide financial support to leading international PhD candidates in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields

Level: doctoral studies

Field(s): natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields.

School(Institutions/ Country): Québec University Canada

Scholarship covers: The maximum annual value of the doctoral research scholarship for international students is $21 000. During the eligibility period (nine sessions or 36 months), the scholarship holder may receive up to nine payments totaling $60 000. Each payment of up to $6 667 covers a period of four months or one session







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The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this Canadian Government Doctoral Research Scholarships ,

Applicants must:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria by the competition deadline on November 1st, 2017.
  •  Have been preselected by a Québec university by September 22nd, 2017.
  •  Not have obtained a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from the Ministère de l’Education et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES) or from one of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
  •  Not be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  •  Not have submitted an application for permanent residence under Canadian immigration laws.

In addition to the aforementioned criteria, applicants should note the following restrictions and administrative prerequisites: 

Study program restrictions:

  •  The scholarship cannot be used for qualifying studies.

Selection Criteria for  Canadian Government Doctoral Research Scholarships

Scholarship program eligibility rules account for all doctoral semesters (funded or not) completed prior to May 1st, 2018.

When calculating the eligibility period, the FRQNT will consider all of the unregistered or part-time semesters for which registrar attestations are provided in the application. The applicant must verify his/her eligibility by consulting the equivalents table for unregistered or part-time semesters in the Toolbox.

The FRQNT will also consider the number of master’s and doctoral semesters for which the applicant received funding from a recognized funding agency (e.g. NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, the FRQNT, etc.) to ensure that the support does not exceed 18 semesters.

Eligibility period for applicants registered in direct-entry doctoral programs (bachelor’s to doctorate) and fast-track master’s/doctoral programs 

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program after completing their bachelor’s degree and those who fast-tracked to a doctoral program without submitting a thesis may apply to the doctoral scholarships competition (DE) in the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of their graduate studies (between their 7th and 15th study semesters). Semesters that are completed when the scholarship comes into effect will be subtracted from the funding period. Under no circumstances will funding be granted before the 7th semester or after the 15th semester.

Applicants who hold a master’s degree when beginning their doctoral studies must submit their applications to the doctoral scholarships competition.

Doctoral scholarship eligibility period

Applicants are eligible for the doctoral research scholarships (DE) competition during twelve (12) consecutive semesters of their doctoral studies (or the equivalent) during their first fifteen (15) doctoral semesters. The eleventh (11th) and twelfth (12th) semesters of funding are conditional on the initial submission of the thesis before the end of the twelfth financed semester. Under no circumstances will funding be granted after an applicant’s 15th doctoral program semester.

Eligibility period exceptions

Scholarship eligibility period exceptions will only be made in circumstances that are beyond the applicant’s control. In such cases, all supporting documents must be submitted along with the application.

Applicants who suspend their studies for a maternity or parental leave may ask to extend their eligibility for a maximum period of 12 months per leave. In such cases, all supporting documents must be submitted along with the application.

When the applicant is a person with a disability under the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving socialschool and workplace integration (R.S.Q. c. E-20.1), the eligibility requirements do not apply. However, the doctoral scholarship period remains the same (three years). In such cases, all supporting documents must be submitted along with the application.

The FRQNT reserves the right to refuse any request that is not adequately justified.

Applicant preselection

Only students who have been preselected by a Québec university may apply to the competition.Universities may support two competition applications per year.Applicant preselection is the sole responsibility of the university. Information on preselection deadlines is available In the Toolbox.The university representatives who must preselect the applicants should consult the Instructions for preselecting applicants in the Toolbox.University representatives who preselect applicants must fill out the applicant nomination form, which is available in the FRQnet website of the FRQNT. The form must be submitted electronically by September 22nd, 2017, at 4 PM.Applicants must meet all program eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by a university may be deemed ineligible by the FRQNT if the applicants do not meet all program requirements.Preselected applications may also be preselected for the Merit scholarships Program for Foreign Students awarded by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).

Scholarship Application Method

Submitting application

  • Preselected applicants will have to create an account in the FRQnet website. The FRQNT will then communicate with all of the preselected candidates so they can fill out an electronic  form in the FRQnet system.  Applicants may consult the document: Instructions for completing an application in the Toolbox.
  • Only the 2018-2019 competition e-forms and other required documents will be accepted. Any appendices or documents other than those required will not be transmitted to the evaluation committee.
  • The e-forms are only available in the secure section of the FRQnet website of the Fonds. These forms must be filled out and submitted electronically by the competition deadline on November 1st, 2017, at 4 PM (coordinated universal time UTC-5, Est time zone). Applicants will not be able to update their applications after the competition deadline. It is recommended that applicants keep a hard copy of the e-form for their personal files.
  • The form may be written in French or English. Applicants who submit their applications in English must provide the French translation of the project title.Important : Applications that do not include all required information will be deemed ineligible by the FRQNT.

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: November 15th, 2017, 4 PM.

Important dates

  •  Deadline – Presentation of proposals by the candidates to a university : See the Toolbox.
  •  Deadline – Submission of the preselected applications by universities : September 22, 2017.
  •  Deadline – Submitting application to the FRQNT for preselected candidates : November 15th 2017 at 4 PM (coordinated universal time UTC-5 Est time zone)
  •  Announcement of results : End of April 2018
  1. Eligibility, citizenship and residence criteria
  2. Applicant preselection
  3. Submitting application
  4. Required supporting documents
  5. Applications assessment
  6. Awarding of the scholarships and announcement of the results
  7. Terms of the scholarship
  8. Research ethics and Conformity
  9. Integrity of the evaluation process
  10. Liability of the Fonds
  11. False or misleading information
  12. Other aspects
  13. General considerations
  14. Effectife date

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship

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