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General information and instructions for applicants



For the pre-selection application and nomination forms, please visit the PBEEE page.

Internal Deadline Dates

Applicants are to submit to a Nominating Department at Concordia University by July 31st, 2021.

Departments are to submit electronically to the School of Graduate Studies by August 13th, 2021.

Application Process

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The Quebec Merit Scholarship Programs for Foreign Nationals has three components: doctoral research scholarships (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W), postdoctoral scholarships (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M and short-term research or professional development scholarships (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W). Candidates may only submit one application to either the doctoral, postdoctoral or short term research competition. Determine whether you are eligible to apply for one or more of the sub categories (i.e. Unrestricted V1, Brazil 1B, DE, etc) – consult the FRQNT website.

Step 2: Inform Concordia University

Contact a Graduate Program Director (GPD) of a department of your choice with your intent to apply. If a GPD agrees to endorse your candidacy, download and complete the fillable Pre-Selection Application Form, housed on Concordia's PBEEE webpage.

Step 3: Contact two referees for their reference letters.

Obtain two (2) letters of references from referees who are familiar with your work.

  • If you are currently engaged in supervised research, one of your referees should be your supervisor. If you cannot obtain a letter from your supervisor, please include a brief explanation letter.
  • The second referee can be someone who knows you in a classroom context, a former supervisor, or someone else who can attest to your aptitude for research.
  • Letters MUST be supplied by using the Letter of Reference Form which can be downloaded from the School of Graduate Studies website.
  • For candidates applying for the Postdoctoral Fellowship or the Short-term/ Professional Development Scholarship programs (V2 and V3), the Letter of Acceptance Form from the proposed supervisor in Quebec is required. The supervisor who wrote the letter of acceptance cannot complete a letter of reference.

Step 4: Verify the application for completeness.

  • Consult the checklist;
  • Ensure that the letters of recommendation are submitted on the required form(s);
  • Ensure that you have provided the department with a copy of all your university transcripts.

Please note that students who will be nominated by Concordia to the provincial competition will be required to supply official transcripts of all university studies directly to FRQNT by the provincial deadline date (in early November 2021).

Step 5: Submit your application.

Candidates must submit their complete application package with copies of their transcripts to their Nominating Department at Concordia University by July 31st, 2021.

If preselected by SGS Graduate Awards Committee, the candidate will be notified in late September 2018 by the School of Graduate Studies and s/he must create an account in the online FRQnet system. The agency FRQNT will then contact all preselected candidates to complete an electronic form with required documents attached. E-forms are available only in the secure zone of the FRQnet system. The forms 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. The deadline date to submit the online application on the FRQnet system may be in early November 2018.

Eligibility conditions and citizenship for all competitions


  • Must meet all eligibility conditions at the closing date of the competition, commonly in late October, or a different closing date has to be confirmed for the students preselected by CSC.
  • Must have been preselected by a university or the Réseau Trans-tech (a CCTT) before September.
  • Must be preselected by the CSC for the Québec-China scholarship.
  • Cannot have already received a Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students from MEES, FRQNT or the Fonds 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.


  • Doctoral Research Scholarship (V1, 1B, 1C, 1I, 1IS, 1M, 1W): valued at $25,000 per year for up to three years (tenable within the first nine terms of the doctoral program), and MELS will offer all recipients an exemption from paying the international tuition fees and the medical insurance coverage offered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec *. All doctoral sessions, funded or unfunded, completed before the scholarship takes effect are used in calculating the eligibility period.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (V2, 2B, 2C, 2I, 2M): valued at $35,000 per year for one year non-renewable. Postdoctoral fellowships are intended for new researchers who obtained their degree no more than two years before the deadline date for the competition or who submitted their dissertation by January 15, 2023 at the latest, the deadline date for the beginning of the fellowship. Postdoctoral research must be conducted in an institution other than the one that granted the Doctorate.
    The applicant's doctoral supervisors and co-supervisors may not act as his/her postdoctoral supervisor, even if they have changed institutions.

  • Short-term research or professional development (V3, 3B, 3C, 3I, 3IS, 3M, 3W): valued at $3,000 a month for a period of up to four months (non-renewable). These scholarships are intended for technical and university students (Option A) or researchers who have completed a doctorate no more than five years before the deadline date for the competition (Option B). The research or professional development must be conducted in an institution other than the one at which the student was enrolled when he or she applied.

Information on this website is subject to change. Detailed information is provided on the agency’s website.

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