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Academic Scholarships - Funding

If you decide to pursue Ph.D. studies, you will have access to a variety of funding sources. HEC Montréal and certain granting agencies run by the Quebec and Canadian governments award nearly $1 million in academic scholarships each year. For an overview of the different scholarships available, please consult the Scholarship Directory.

Scholarships Calendar for the fall 2014


Scholarships - Funding

All Students

+  Funding from HEC Montréal

+  Students admitted after Fall 2012

+  Part 1: Initial funding during the course work period

(Phase II) – starting from $17,500 

For the first 16 months of your program: minimal initial funding of starting from $17,500.  The amount provided and applicable conditions can vary according to the student’s level of scholarly achievement and the contributions of research centres, research chairs or professors in the form of scholarships or research assistantships.

The final $7,500 instalment of the initial funding is made if your phase II is completed before the end of the fourth term of study.

+  Part 2: Funding linked to progress with the dissertation

(Phase III) – between $6,500 and $12,500 from the Office of the Ph.D. Program

To help you succeed, the Office of the Ph.D. Program Director provides grants that reward you for making good progress with your dissertation:

  1. a study grant of up to $10,000 on completion of your dissertation proposal if it is successfully submitted before the end of the ninth term of study;
  2. An end-of-study-grant of up to $2,500 if you submit your doctoral dissertation before the end of the 12th term of studies and defend it successfully.

For the dissertation proposal, if you have a scholarship from an external organization, the grant will be limited to a maximum of $7,500.

If you submit your dissertation proposal during the 10th term, you are eligible for half the grant. If you submit your dissertation during the fifth year (between the 13th and 15th terms), you are eligible for an end-of-study-grant of up to $1,500.

+  Part 3: Funding linked to your integration into the university community

A financial aid to support the presentation of a paper at a conference or at a doctoral consortium is also available. This aid, of $2,000, is valid for the entire duration of your studies. It can be used for one or several conferences. It is mandatory to submit your application to the Research Office before the conference or the doctoral consortium. Visit this webpage to learn the rules and procedures in order to apply. It is now your responsibility to prepare your expenses report in order to be reimbursed. The report have to be submitted through Finances en ligne. Please consult this webpage to understand the procedure. If you are experiencing any problems, please contact your department’s secretary or the Accounting Department.

In addition, if you are the author or co-author of an article published or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal over the course of the past year, you can enter the “Esdras-Minville” competition for a chance to win one of three $3,000 prizes. This contest is held every winter term.

+  Students admitted before Fall 2012

+  Part 1: Initial funding during the course work period

(Phase II) – starting from $10,000 

For the first 16 months of your program: minimal initial funding of starting from $10,000.  The amount provided and applicable conditions can vary according to the student’s level of scholarly achievement and the contributions of research centres, research chairs or professors in the form of scholarships or research assistantships.

The final $5,000 instalment of the initial funding is made if your phase II is completed before the end of the fourth term of study.

+  Part 2: Funding linked to progress with the dissertation

(Phase III) – between $7,500 and $15,000 from the Office of the Ph.D. Program

To help you succeed, the Office of the Ph.D. Program Director provides grants that reward you for making good progress with your dissertation:

  1. a study grant of up to $7,500 on completion of your dissertation proposal if it is successfully submitted before the end of the ninth term of study;
  2. An end-of-study-grant of up to $7,500 if you submit your doctoral dissertation before the end of the 12th term of studies and defend it successfully.

For the dissertation proposal, if you have a scholarship from an external organization, the grant will be limited to a maximum of $5,000.

If you submit your dissertation proposal during the 10th term, you are eligible for half the grant. If you submit your dissertation during the fifth year (between the 13th and 15th terms), you are eligible for an end-of-study-grant of up to $5,000.

+  Part 3: Funding linked to your integration into the university community

A financial aid to support the presentation of a paper at a conference or at a doctoral consortium is also available. This aid, of $2,000, is valid for the entire duration of your studies. It can be used for one or several conferences. It is mandatory to submit your application to the Research Office before the conference or the doctoral consortium. Visit this webpage to learn the rules and procedures in order to apply. It is now your responsibility to prepare your expenses report in order to be reimbursed. The report have to be submitted through Finances en ligne. Please consult this webpage to understand the procedure. If you are experiencing any problems, please contact your department’s secretary or the Accounting Department.

In addition, if you are the author or co-author of an article published or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal over the course of the past year, you can enter the “Esdras-Minville” competition for a chance to win one of three $3,000 prizes. This contest is held every winter term.

+  HEC Montréal Academic Excellence scholarships

These scholarships recognizing academic excellence are awarded by businesses, private foundations and foundations administered by HEC Montréal. For more on how to submit an application, refer to the Scholarship Directory.

+  Research assistantships

If you would like to become part of a research team during your studies, consider the possibilities offered each year within the teaching units and research chairs, centres and groups. Some professors could provide funding to help you carry out research relating to your dissertation. Note that these funding offers are made at the discretion of the professors and vary according to the available research funds, the topic of your research and your scholarly achievements.
Contact the professor in charge of your specialization to discuss your options.

+  Teaching assistantships

It is possible to get a teaching assistantship in one of HEC Montréal’s academic departments. This experience can serve as a good opportunity to discover teaching. To apply for a teaching assistantship, contact the head of the department that interests you or the Certificate Program department and provide him or her with your curriculum vitae.

As a Ph.D. student, you are allowed to teach up to three courses per year. However, to complete your degree as quickly as possible, you are encouraged to teach only one course per year. Renewals of teaching assistantships are based on student evaluations of the teaching assistant, the course coordinator and the department head.


Canadian citizens and permanent residents

+  Scholarships from funding organizations

Certain funding organizations offer substantial scholarships to doctoral students who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Graduate students who are considering the Ph.D. are also eligible. You can apply even if you are not yet admitted to the Ph.D. Program.

Attend the information session held each fall. Fall 2014 Information meeting's presentation; Application guidelines.

Here is a list of the main programs:

+  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Program: $50,000 per year for up to three years
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program – Doctoral Scholarships: $35,000 per year for up to three years
  • Doctoral scholarships: $20,000 per year for up to four years
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships–Foreign Study Supplements: $6,000 scholarships exclusively for holders of a Government of Canada graduate scholarship

For more information, please consult Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) webiste.

+  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Program: $35,000 per year for up to three years
  • Graduate scholarships - doctoral: $21,000 per year for up to three years
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships–Foreign Study Supplements: $6,000 scholarships exclusively for holders of a Government of Canada graduate scholarship

For more information, please consult Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

+  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Award and Doctoral Foreigh Study Award: Trainee stipend of $30,000 plus research allowance of $5,000 per year for up to three years
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships–Foreign Study Supplements: $6,000 scholarships exclusively for holders of a Government of Canada graduate scholarship

For more information, consult Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) website.

+  Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC)

  • Doctoral Research Scholarships (B2): $20,000 per year for up to three years
  • Scholarships for Re-entering the Research Community (A2): $20,000 per year for up to three years
  • Industrial Innovation Scholarships Program: $27,000 per year for up to three years, a third of which is paid for by the private sector
  • Réal-Décoste/Ouranos scholarships program – doctoral research scholarship: $20,000 per year for up to three years; the research project must relate to climate change or its effects.

For more information, please consult Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) website. (in French only)

+  Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FQRNT)

  • Doctoral research scholarships (B2): $20,000 per year for up to three years
  • Scholarships for Re-entering the Research Community (A2): $20,000 per year for up to three years
  • Industrial Innovation Scholarships – FQRNT – NSERC: $27,000 per year for up to three years, a third of which is paid for by the private sector
  • Réal-Décoste/Ouranos scholarships program – doctoral research scholarship: $20,000 per year for up to three years; the research project must relate to climate change or its effects.
  • Transports Québec Scholarships (A4): $20,000 per year for up to three years; the research project must be linked to Transports Québec strategic orientations.

For more information, please consult Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) website.

+  Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRSQ)

  • Doctoral studies: $20,000 per year for up to three years
  • Doctoral studies for candidates with a professional degree: $25,024 to $39,323 per year (depending on the year in which the professional degree was obtained) for up to three years; the candidate must have a university-issued professional health degree and a valid license to practice in Quebec.

For more information, please consult Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) website.

+  Institut de finance mathématique de Montréal (IFM2)

Doctoral scholarships: $20,000 per year for up to three years

For more information, please consult Institut de finance mathématique de Montréal (IFM2) website.

+  Institut de recherche en santé et sécurité au travail (IRSST)

Doctoral scholarships: $18,000 per year for up to three years

For more information, please consult the Institut de recherche en santé et sécurité au travail (IRSST) website

+  Trudeau Foundation

$40,000 per year plus a $20,0000 annual travel allowance, for up to three years; the research project must relate to one of the four themes of the Foundation.

For more information, please consult Trudeau Foundation website.

+  Government of Quebec financial assistance

If you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident currently enrolled full-time in the Ph.D. program in Administration and have been living in Quebec for at least one year, you are entitled to make use of the Government of Quebec Financial Assistance program. Refer to the Government of Quebec’s student aid site or contact Student Services

+  Work-study program

If you have submitted a financial aid request under the Government of Quebec’s Financial Assistance program, you may be eligible for on-campus, part-time employment which 50% of salary is paid by a grant. Refer to the Work-study Program section for details. 


International students

+  Scholarships covering differential tuition fees

+  Bursaries offered by HEC Montréal

Every term, HEC Montréal offers a number of bursaries covering differential tuition fees to international students registered in the Ph.D. program. These bursaries reduce the tuition fees payable by these students to the same level as those paid by students from Quebec. They are granted exclusively to full-time students enrolled in their first six terms of study. To be eligible for such a bursary, students must have demonstrated a high standard of scholarly achievement, progressed rapidly through their studies and proved that they have unsuccessfully applied for an exemption from their own government.

Note: Citizens of France are not eligible for these bursaries as they are already automatically exempted under the terms of the Quebec-France Agreement.

+  Agreement between the Government of Quebec and some forty countries

The Government of Quebec has agreements with some forty countries and a few organizations, under which students who come to study in Quebec are exempt from paying differential tuition fees. Quotas vary among countries. Students wishing to benefit from the exemption must apply to those in charge of the program in their country of origin.

Quotas, contact information and application form (PDF - in french only).  

For more information, visit the Government of Quebec's webpage: Exemptions Granted by Virtue of Agreements.

+  Scholarships from funding organizations

+  Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Student

Offered by the ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec (MELS), the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Student offers scholarships of $25,000 per year for up to three years, a differential tuition fee waiver and Quebec health insurance coverage for the duration of the scholarship.

Candidates are eligible for this program for the first three years of their Ph.D. studies. The candidates who have applied for permanent residence are not eligible. 

For more information, refer to the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Student. Note that, in order to apply, you must first be pre-selected by a Quebec university.

+  Doctoral Research Scholarships Program for International Students

Offered by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (Société et culture or Nature et technologies), the Doctoral Research Scholarships Program for International Students (DS or DE) offers scholarships of $20,000 per year for up to three years.

Candidates are eligible for this program for the first three years of their Ph.D. studies. The candidates who have applied for permanent residence before the close of the competition are not eligible.

For more information, refer to the Doctoral Research Scholarships Program for International Students of FRQSC or FRQNT. Note that, in order to apply, you must first be pre-selected by a Quebec university.

+  Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Program

Offered jointly by Canada’s three granting organizations (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR), the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program offers $50,000 grants for up to three years. Unlike others, this program is open to international students. 

Note that, in order to apply, you must first be pre-selected by the Canadian university where you are studying or will be pursuing your studies. If obtained, the scholarship must be used at that university. HEC Montréal can submit only applications for Vanier Scholarships offered by SSHRC.

For more information, refer to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Program

+  Trudeau Foundation

$40,000 per year plus a $20,0000 annual travel allowance, for up to three years; the research project must relate to one of the four themes of the Foundation.

For more information, refer to the Trudeau Foundation

+  Grants offered by the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

The Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris publishes a grants directory (in French only) containing a number of interesting funding options for students from France.

+  Government of Canada scholarships

The Government of Canada administers scholarship programs for international students wishing to study in Canada. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s site for international students for a list of these programs.

+  Work-study program for international students

If you are an international student and are worried about how you will be able to pay your differential tuition fees, keep in mind that you may be eligible to take part in a work-study program that would enable you to continue pursuing your studies. If you are eligible, the grant you receive would pay your entire salary.

To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must be a full-time student during the fall and winter terms. During the summer term, you must be registered in summer courses worth at least six (6) credits, or have been registered as a full-time student during the winter term with plans to register as a full-time student in the fall.
  • You must be subject to the differential tuition fees charged to international students. In other words, those who are already exempt from the differential tuition fees are not eligible.


For more information on the work-study program,  click here.

+  Off-campus work permits

If you have been a full-time student for at least six (6) months and would like to obtain an off-campus work permit, you may, assuming that you meet the requirements, work 20 hours a week during your studies and full-time during the summer vacation period.

To verify whether you are eligible, refer to the Off-campus work permits section.


 
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