Grants for professors and researchers (competitive)
This grant is aimed at encouraging research on Québec at U.S. universities, in the humanities and social sciences. The main purpose of this research will be to promote better understanding of Québec and/or its relations with the United States. The Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) is particularly interested in research in the following priority areas:
- bilateral relations between Québec and the United States
- the economy and bilateral trade
- security and border issues
- environmental, energy and natural resource issues
- sustainable transportation issues
- immigration issues
- comparative studies of governmental and economic policies
- Québec international relations and public diplomacy
- Québec identity and cultural policies
- issues related to Québec government priorities.
This section of the program is intended for faculty members at accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities, as well as researchers at U.S. research institutions. Recent Ph.D. recipients who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are also eligible to apply.
Terms and conditions
The grant defrays expenses incurred to produce an article-length manuscript of publishable quality for a university publication or a chapter of a book intended for publication.
The maximum amount of the grant is US$8,000 for a faculty member and US$12,000 for the director of a team of researchers. The grant is provided to defray costs incurred for travel in Québec in order to carry out research, living expenses, the time devoted to the project by a research assistant, the purchase of specialized books and eventual publication costs. No provision is made for equipment acquisition, release time stipends, salaries or overhead costs.
Half (50%) of the total grant will be paid upon the signing of the grant agreement. The other half (50%) will be paid upon submission of a report along with two copies of the article-length manuscript of publishable quality for a university publication or two copies of the chapter of a book intended for publication. Failure to provide these documents by February 28, 2015 may lead to the cancellation of the second payment.
The rights to the manuscript remain the exclusive property of the researcher.
Research in highly specialized areas (pure sciences, health sciences, methodology) will not be considered, except in the case of multidisciplinary projects (human/social sciences and pure sciences).
Applications must be submitted by December 9, 2013.
- complete the online application form (PDF, 58 Ko)
- send their application, including all required documents, to the Québec government office in the United States that serves their territory:
The application must include:
- a project abstract (maximum of 250 words;
- a detailed description of the project specifying:
- the project goals,
- the project’s relevance to the development Québec studies in the United States,
- the research hypothesis and proposed methodology,
- the schedule of activities, including anticipated travel in Québec, the research contacts to be met and the institutions to be visited,
- the planned means for distributing the results;
- a detailed budget describing the anticipated expenditures and the sources of funding;
- the applicant’s full contact information and curriculum vitae (maximum of five pages) and a list of the main project contributors;
- at least one reference letter from the applicant’s home university.
- the Québec government office in the United States will send the applicant a notice of receipt;
- a selection committee comprised of representatives of the Québec and U.S. academic communities, of the International Association of Québec Studies and of the American Council for Quebec Studies, and presided over by the MRIFCE, will analyse the application;
- the main selection criteria will be as follows: the project’s originality and relevance to Québec and/or its relations with the United States; the researcher’s interest in Québec and academic profile; the quality of the theoretical approach and objectives; the project’s impact; support for the project by the applicant’s home university; the presence of Québec academics within the project team;
- all applicants will be notified about the results of their applications by the Québec government office, normally within 90 days following the application deadline.