“CRIR Graduate Scholarships” Program



Application deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 23:59

Each year, CRIR offers a limited number of scholarships at the research Master’s ($8,000), Doctoral ($15,000) and postdoctoral training ($20,000) levels for CRIR student members, including international students and students from other Canadian provinces. The duration and amount of the scholarships are determined in accordance with the FRQS regulations and the funds available.

To be eligible for the “CRIR Graduate Scholarships” Program, students must be supervised by a CRIR “regular researcher” member (your principal supervisor) and be a student member in good standing, in the fall of 2023. To become a member or to update your academic status to be in good standing (e.g. change of Master’s, PhD, postdoctoral level), please complete the online registration form.

The scholarship competition is usually launched in May of each year. CRIR student members will be notified by email when we start accepting submissions.


“CRIR Graduate Scholarships” Program

The program is intended for university students undertaking their graduate studies at CRIR. Scholarships are available to candidates who wish to complete their master’s researchdoctoral, or postdoctoral training under the supervision of a CRIR Regular Researcher.


✅ The applicant is eligible for the program if, she or he:

  • is registered in a regular research master’s, doctoral research program, or carrying out a postdoctoral training at CRIR in the fall of 2023;
  • is a student member in good standing at CRIR (for Fall 2023 registration, you must complete the membership form now);
  • is supervised by a CRIR “regular researcher” member (your principal supervisor) who is in in good standing (as of April 2023)
  • has a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.5 out of 4.3 or 3.1 out of 4.0 or the equivalent during your university studies.

✅ The applicant remains eligible for the program if, she or he:

  • already holds a named scholarship from a fund not recognized by the FRQSfrom September 2023 to April 2024 for their current level of study. They must then demonstrate, in writing, that the organization allows the accumulation of scholarships at the time of the application to CRIR.
  • holds several scholarships from organizations not recognized by the FRQS(e.g. foundations) and that the total amount (including the one from CRIR, if successful) is does not exceed $31k for masters and PhDs and $40k for postdoctoral trainees, for the year in which the scholarship is awarded (September 2023 to April 2024).
  • has already received one (1) CRIR scholarship (in the same level of study), provided they demonstrate that they have participated in two other funding competitions since receiving their most recent CRIR scholarship. A maximum of two CRIR scholarships per level of study is permitted.

❌ The applicant is not eligible for the program if, she or he:

  • has already received a scholarship from an organization recognized by the FRQS(NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Banting, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, IRSST, NCE, MITACS – Elevate) in their current level of study, or during the CRIR competition period, i.e. from September 2023 to April 2024.



Instructions for naming your documents:
  • Last name, First name, Level of study, Type of document (ex: Bibeau_Chantal_PhD_Project)
Have your application verified before submitting it:
  • We recommend that you have your research project and curriculum vitae verified by your principal supervisor (CRIR regular researcher).
  • Student support services are also available at the universities for the preparation of grant applications: Université de Montréal (student support), Université de Montréal (preparation guide), UQAM (student support), McGill University (student support).
Consult the application form and the evaluation grid:
  • It is strongly recommended that you consult the application form and the evaluation grid before and after preparing your application.



? Completed application form (online), accompanied by the supporting documents:

  • title anddescription of the research project (maximum 2 pages)*
  • copy of your curriculum vitae of your choice, including awards and prizes received – Indicate the amounts received and the dates covered by the award(s). It is strongly recommended to use the following CV format: CIHR Biosketch
  • Current academic transcripts from all of your academic training. Official and unofficial transcripts are accepted.
    International students: Provide a grade equivalency chart from your country.
  • A description of your “Capacity for meaningful engagement: integrated pathway, social mobilization, and links with sustainable development goals*” (maximum 1 page)

? “Engagement” refers to citizen participation, contribution to the life of one’s community and to the common good. Example: Tell us your story! Demonstrate achievements that are specific to your background, describe what you will do in the coming year to get involved.

*For more information on the subject, see page 3 of the  Guide FRQ 2021 – Nouveaux critères d’évaluation des programmes de bourses de formation (in French).

The “Capacity for meaningful engagement” description should allow the evaluation committee to clearly understandyour personal background. We therefore invite you to:

◾ Provide an integrated presentation of your background by demonstration the connections between your life experiences and interests and your choices of orientation, training, and academic path. This section should allow the evaluation committee to become familiar with your personal journey.

◾ Present and describe the activities that demonstrate your ability to bring science and society into dialogue (e.g., dissemination activities, participation in events intended for the general public) and your capacity for commitment (e.g., volunteer work, community projects, civic and associative commitments, organization of events).

◾ Specify how your research project takes into consideration the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

  • Optional – Describe any interruptions or slow down in your research activities (e.g. maternity leave, sick leave, COVID-19, etc.). (250 words maximum). 
  • Optional – If you have already been a recipient of a CRIR scholarship since starting your current level of study, provide proof of participation in two other funding competitions in the current year. Attach a letter or email that demonstrates your participation in two competitions. If this is not possible, please provide an explanation.
  • If applicable – Provide proof that your external funding allows for the accumulation of awards* (Proof: name of funding source with proof that stacking is allowed and the amount obtained).
  • For your information, you will also have to indicate the following information in the form*:

◾ your current status: Canadian citizen, permanent resident or international student.
◾ which the CRIR 2022-2028 Development Plan orientations  your project best fits.

*See the application form for more details.



2023 Evaluation Grid_CRIR Graduate Scholarships (pdf)


Form Application

Application Form 2023 – Online



Announcement of results

The decision of the evaluation committee will be notified by e-mail to the candidates, before August.

? For additional information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. If your questions are not answered, please contact administration.crir@ssss.gouv.qc.ca


RECIPIENTS – “CRIR Graduate Scholarships” Program


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Not sure if you qualify, or have more questions? Check out our frequently asked questions for more information.

Q1: I am still waiting to hear back about an award application and will not receive it until after the CRIR program application deadline (May 24, 2023). Can I still apply?
 Yes. If you are selected for a CRIR award and also receive an award from another organization in the meantime, you must inform us and pick the award of your choice, according to the selection criteria of each organization.

Q2: What is a named scholarship from a recognized organization?
 A named scholarship is an award issued in the name of a student as a result of an award competition posted by a recognized organization by the FRQS (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Banting, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, IRSST, NCE, MITACS – Elevate) When students are selected by the organization, a letter is sent to them confirming that they have been awarded a named scholarship.

Q3: Am I eligible for the “CRIR Graduate Scholarship” Program if I have already received a named scholarship from a recognized organization buy the FRQS (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Banting, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, IRSST, NCE, MITACS – Elevate) in my current level of study and during the CRIR competition period, i.e. from September 2023 to April 2024?
 No. You are not eligible for the “CRIR Graduate Scholarship” Program.

Q4: What do you mean by “demonstrate by a written document that the organization allows the accumulation of scholarships” when submitting the application to CRIR?
 You must submit a letter/email from the organization or share the organization’s website page with us, which demonstrates that the accumulation of scholarships is permitted.

Q5: What scholarships are included in the total amount of scholarships that must not exceed 31k$ for masters and PhD and 40k$ for postdoctoral training?
All scholarships from organizations not recognized by the FRQS (e.g. foundations) including the one from CRIR, if successful, excluding travel scholarships and scholarships from principal supervisor.

Q6: I finish in December 2022, can I still apply?
 Yes. You are eligible if you are enrolled in a regular research master’s program, doctoral research program, or carrying out a postdoctoral training at CRIR in the fall of 2023. The amount of the award will be revised accordingly.



Q7: The scholarships received in my country are listed on my resume. Do I also need to list the value of this scholarship in Canadian dollars (CAD)?
 Yes. Your resume must include scholarships received in your country and they must indicate the equivalent in CAD money

Q8: Do I need to provide you with a university grade equivalency chart from my country?
A8: Yes. Yes, this is necessary for the evaluation committee to fully understand your academic grades.