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Stand-Out Graduate Research Award


Current graduate students in all disciplines at both master and doctoral levels are welcome to apply.


  • Students currently enrolled at Concordia University at the time of the application;
  • Students whose projects have been released to the public within thirteen (13) months of the Relève étoile competition deadline (articles that are only accepted or submitted for reviews are not eligible);
  • Students must have applied to the Relève étoile awards, presented by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec to recognize student researchers in training;
  • Articles published in journals electronically are eligible (eligibility will be determined based on the electronic publication date);
  • If several students collaborated on a project in the same capacity and the published article explicitly states that the authors all equally contributed to the work, the students will share the award; 
  • One application per project per competition is allowed;
  • Students may receive the award only once.

Projects considered

  • Scholarly articles (in a journal with an editorial review board);
  • Book or book chapter; 
  • Patent;
  • A creation, exhibition or performance stemming from research carried out at Concordia University.

 Conference presentations alone will NOT be considered.


All applications will be assessed on program criteria by an evaluation committee assembled by the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • the project’s contribution to the advancement of knowledge and originality in their field of study. If the project is based on multidisciplinary research, the applicant must describe the added value of the multidisciplinary aspect;
  • the ability to explain the subject matter in plain language to a general audience;
  • that the research activities are made known to society at large in such a way that they can be understood by non-specialists, thereby improving the public's understanding of science.
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