RQR travel awards- 2022 Competition

The RQR Travel Awards program is currently OPEN.

The RQR offers travel awards of a maximum of $ 500 to cover costs associated with national or international meetings to promote scientific exchange. For a meeting held in the province of Québec the maximum amount of the award is $ 250.

Deadline to submit your application: Application can be sent throughtout the year until funds are exhausted. First come, first served!

The admission criteria are the following:

  • The meeting must occur between January 1st to December 31th 2022
  • Applicants must be giving a poster or platform presentation at the meeting
  • The research supervisor must be a RQR member
  • A limit of 2 travel grants per laboratory has been set;
  • Only one RQR Travel Award per year per trainee
  • The meeting cannot take place in the city where the applicant lives or works
  • The RQR Symposium does not meet the criteria for this competition

To submit an application:

PhD students or postdoctoral fellows can apply by sending a copy of the following documents in a single PDF file by email to Maryse Um (info@info-rqr.ca):

  •  The RQR Travel Award application form
  • Proof that the abstract has been accepted for an oral or poster presentation (Note that it is possible to apply even if your abstract has not yet been accepted. However, proof will have to be submitted later).

If the travel award is granted:

Email a copy of the following documents as a single PDF file to Maryse Um (info@info-rqr.ca):

  • Proof of conference registration and associated fees;
  • Proof of attendance at the conference (e.g., conference poster with your name, your identification badge issued at the conference, etc.).

*** Note: The RQR logo must be included in the presentation ***

Travel expense funding program

This program will continue until funds are exhausted.

The RQR offers trainees the opportunity to be reimbursed, fully or partially, for travel expenses incurred while traveling to another laboratory in Quebec from April 1st, 2022 to March 31st, 2023. For example, as part of collaborations between two researchers or for participation in technical workshops or other training opportunities.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Costs covered by this program include: hotels, train and bus tickets, parking tickets, and fuel costs ($ 0.48 per km or $ 0.60 per km if carpooling). For fuel, a receipt from the meeting place must be provided.
  2. The trip must be to the laboratory of a principal investigator based in Québec who is a member or collabo- rator of the RQR.
  3. The trip must be outside of the city where the applicant resides or works.
  4. The maximum amount of the refund is set at $ 1 000 per trainee per year.
  5. The RQR pre-Symposium workshop does not meet the conditions of this program.

You can apply throughout the year by email.

Parental leave bursaries

The parental leave scholarship competition is currently OPEN.

The Diversity Committee is pleased to launch the 2022 Parental leave Scholarships competition. The RQR parental leave grant is intended to financially assist master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows (if they do not otherwise have benefits) who elect to take leave following a birth. The applicant must:

  • Expect delivery between April 2022 and March 31st, 2023;
  • Not receive more than $4,000 of parental leave funding from his/her/their university (internal scholarships);
  • Not receive a parental leave benefit (Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, for example) or a parental leave benefit from the major granting agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, FRQ-NT, FRQ-SC, FRQ-S, CIHR);
  • Be enrolled full-time in a master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral program prior to the third trimester of the pregnancy;
  • Commit to having full-time or writing status in the semester following parental leave.
Grant conditions:
  • The value of the grant is $415/week for a maximum of 12 weeks;
  • The grant applies from the date of delivery.

All details of the programme and application are available: HERE

Applications are open until March 31, 2023 and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis for candidates that meet all of the eligibility criteria.

RQR bursaries for Ukrainian trainees

Comprising nearly a hundred scientists and over 200 trainees, the Réseau Québecois en Reproduction (RQR)(https://www.rqr.umontreal.ca/en/) is a scientific network based in the Canadian province of Quebec that is dedicated to the study of mammalian reproduction. Although not politically oriented, the RQR stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine during the current unprovoked invasion, and wishes to provide tangible assistance by offering an opportunity for Ukrainian citizens to pursue their studies in Canada.

To this end, two bursaries in the amount of 25 000 CAD apiece are available immediately (April 2022) to qualified Ukrainian students to undertake a master’s, PhD or postdoctoral training program in an RQR laboratory. Applicants must have completed, at a minimum, training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to reproductive biology, or a doctoral degree in medicine or veterinary medicine. A high level of fluency in either English or French is also a necessity.

To apply, please send a copy of your university diplomas and transcripts, an updated CV and a letter explaining your motivation, professional interests and current situation to info@info-RQR.ca. Selected applicants will be provided a list of RQR members willing to accept them as trainees, and will be given the opportunity to choose and contact their preferred mentor(s). Bursaries will be awarded upon acceptance into the chosen program of study by the University to which the RQR researcher is affiliated. Note that the principal investigator will be responsible to provide support after the first year and until the completion of training. Extent of salary support averages 18 000$-20 000$ for MSc, 20 000$-24 000$ for PhD and 30 000-45 000$ for postdoc depending on the investigator and institutional wage scales. The RQR will collaborate as required with the host Universities to assist the bursary awardees in obtaining the required study permits and immigration/visa documentation.  The competition will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

On behalf of the RQR, I would like wish you the best of luck in this competition, and we look forward to meeting you in Quebec.


Claude Robert PhD
Director – Réseau Québécois en Reproduction

RQR co-supervision bursaries

The co-supervision scholarship competition is CLOSED.

The spring-summer 2022 co-supervision scholarship competition is open to students who are officicially co-supervised by two regular members of the RQR and who have started/will start their programs in January 2022, May 2022, September 2022. Seven scholarships will be awarded, in the amount of $ 6,000 each, and inter-university co-supervision will be given priority.

The application deadline is June, 15th 2022.

Recruitment scholarship for students from developing countries and Indigenous Canadian students

This competition is currently CLOSED.

The RQR recruitment scholarship aims to stimulate and/or facilitate RQR regular members in the recruitment of graduate students from developing countries

(https://icqi.org/developing -countries-list/) and indigenous Canadian graduate students*.

In the amount of $6,000 each, the scholarships are offered to students who recently started or will soon pursue Master’s or doctoral studies in RQR-affiliated laboratories during the Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Summer 2022 or will be Fall 2022.

Eligibility criteria and application form can be found below.

This scholarship is competitive and students wishing to apply must complete the form in a single PDF file and send it by email no later than July 10th, 2022.

* Indigenous ancestry refers inclusively to members of First Nations, status and nonstatus, treaty and nontreaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada.

International internship programm

The international internship competition is currently CLOSED.

The FRQNT has just announced its international internship competition, for which RQR trainees are eligible. An amount of $ 15,000$ is available to the RQR.

Any trainee wishing to apply must complete the form and send it to Cathy Froment before 11:59pm (23h59) October 31, 2019. The RQR is authorized to submit up to two applications.

All details of the programme are available: HERE