Merit Scholarship Programs

2020-2021 preselection

Only candidates preselected by a Québec university will be invited by FQRNT to submit for the final round of selection.

Files submitted for preselection require the support of a professor who has agreed to work with the student and supervise his or her research.

Université Laval’s deadline to submit for preselection is June 21, 2019.

Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students

Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) offers scholarships for doctoral studies, a postdoctoral fellowship, or short-term research or professional development.

The scholarship program, designed to foster international research activities in Québec universities by attracting top foreign students and researchers, is administered by Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT). There are three scholarship categories:

V1 – Doctoral Research Scholarships
$25,000 per year for up to three years, with the possibility to extend for up to 12 months ($1,000 per month)

V2 – Postdoctoral Fellowships
$35,000 per year, nonrenewable

V3 – Short-term Research or Professional Development
$3,000 per month for a maximum period of four months, for students or researchers

For more information on eligibility requirements refer to the Guide bourses PBEEE or visit the FRQNT website.


1. Should I use the FRQNT PDF form for my recommendation letters and the supervisor’s letter of acceptance?

No. For the Université Laval preselection competition, standard letters on letterhead signed by your referee are fine. The FRQNT form will be required only if your application is preselected by Université Laval.

2. Can I add a bibliography to my research project?

A bibliography is not required.  However, you may add a short bibliography of up to half a page to the two pages allowed for the description of the research project. The bibliography must include three to five publications relevant to your research project.

3. Should my letters of recommendation be sent by my referees in a sealed envelope?

No. Your letters may be included with the rest of your application. If your referee wishes the contents of his or her letter to remain confidential, it may be sent by email to the following address:

4. Can I apply if I don’t have a research supervisor at Université Laval?

No. To be eligible for the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE), you must first find a Université Laval supervisor who will agree to supervise your work. To help you find one, you can go to the Université Laval website.

5. If I receive a scholarship, when will the payments start?

For the 2020-2021 competition, payments will start in May 2020 at the earliest and January 2021 at the latest.

6. I’ve already started my Ph.D. program at Université Laval. Am I eligible for V1 of the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE)?

You do not have to be newly admitted to your program to be eligible for V1 (Ph.D.). However, candidates are eligible for V1 in the first nine sessions of their doctoral studies. All doctoral sessions, funded or unfunded, completed before the scholarship takes effect, are used in calculating the eligibility period. To learn more on this subject, read the FRQNT rules (Section 4).