Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles

Objectives and Rules of the competition

The Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards are presented by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec to recognize student researchers in training.

1 – Objectives

  • Recognize the exceptional research contributions of university students (master’s, doctorate), postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec1;
  • Promote research careers in Québec;
  • Develop strong ties between the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the province’s student researcher community.

1. For the purpose of this competition, the term “student researcher” will be used to describe students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The term is not a new designation for any of the three Fonds’ programs.

2 – Award

  • $1 000 awarded every month by each Fonds;
  • An overview of the recipient’s work (article, book or chapter, patent, creation or performance) and a photo of the recipient will be featured on the Web site www.frq.gouv.qc.ca and on the website of the awarding Fonds.

3 – Competitions

  • Two competitions per year;
  • Every month, each Fonds will select a recipient from among the winners of the competitions.

4 – Applications

Applications may only be submitted by student researchers.

5 – Eligibility

  • Student researchers whose projects have been released to the public for less than seven months at the competition deadline by means of an article (in a journal with an editorial review board), a book or book chapter, a patent or a creation or performance stemming from research carried out in Québec of which they are the authors are eligible. The project must be in the form of an article (in a journal with an editorial review board), a book or book chapter, a patent, a creation or a performance of which the applicant is the author. Oral presentations and posters are not eligible;
  • Articles that are in press or submitted for review are not eligible;
  • Articles published electronically are eligible. Eligibility will be determined based on the electronic publication date; in the case of publication in paper form following publication of the electronic version, eligibility will be determined based on the online publication date;
  • All applicants must fill out the attestation form (formulaire d’engagement) included with the application.
  • For publications with several authors, the following rules apply:
    • If several student researchers collaborated on a project in the same capacity and the published article explicitly states that the authors all equally contributed to the work, the student researchers shall share the award;
    • If several student researchers collaborated on a project in the same capacity (without being mentioned in the article) and their contributions are explicitly stated by the applicant on the application form, the student researchers shall share the award;
  • When submitting an application, the student-researcher must be enrolled in an educational institution, affiliated university centre or research centre in Québec. Québec students enrolled in a university outside Québec are also eligible. In this case, proof of citizenship or resident status is required (see section 8 – Application Process);
  • One application per student researcher per competition. A project may only be submitted once;
  • A student researcher may receive the award only once.

6 – Evaluation criteria

  • Demonstrate the project’s contribution to the advancement of knowledge in a sector covered by one of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. If the project is based on multidisciplinary research, the applicant must describe the added value of the multidisciplinary aspect;
  •  Demonstrate the project’s social relevance and/or benefits;
  •  Demonstrate the ability to explain the subject matter in plain language.

7 – Evaluation process

  • Applications must be submitted to the Fonds that oversees the research sector specified on the application form by the applicant or proposer (see section 7 of the application form). All applications will be assessed based on program criteria by an evaluation committee assembled by the Fonds. The quality of the written language, the applicant’s actual contribution to the project and, in the case of an article, the quality of the journal, will be taken into consideration.

8 – Application process

Deadlines for submitting required documents:

  • March 1 and September 1 of each year, 4:00 p.m.
  • For all documents submitted by mail, the postmark or dated stamp of a messenger service will be considered proof of delivery before the deadline.

Documents to be sent electronically:

  • The online form available on the Web site of each Fonds. Applicants may fill out the form in French or in English. However, the project summary must be in French. Important: Once submitted to the relevant Fonds, the online form cannot be changed;
  • A copy of the project, including the information required to validate eligibility (exact date of publication). The work must be sent to the Fonds to which the applicant is applying via e-mail (see section 10 of these rules);
  • Documents for assessing the eligibility of the submitted project, clearly indicating1:

- the exact publication date of the project;

     – its review by a review board (in the case of a journal article).
  • A document attesting that the applicant is enrolled as a student at a Québec educational institution on the date of submission of the application or, in the case of a postdoctoral fellow, an attestation from the applicant’s host organization in Québec.
  • Québec applicants enrolled in an educational institution outside Québec must provide the following documents:

- proof of Canadian citizenship or resident status;

     – a photocopy of a valid Québec health insurance card or other official document issued by the Régie de l’assurance maladie demonstrating that the applicant is a resident of Québec within the meaning of the Québec Health Insurance Act.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.
1Copy of an e-mail or letter from the publisher, screen capture of the journal’s website on which the article is presented and/or the peer review report, or any other relevant supporting document.


Documents to be sent by mail in a single shipment:

  • When it is materially impossible to send the required documents by e-mail, the applicant must provide the Fonds with three copies of the project. The copies must be clearly identified with the applicant’s name.

To receive the award, winning student researchers must provide the following documents:

  • A photograph;
  • Certain administrative information.

9 – Mailing addresses

(Applications must be sent to the Fonds specified in section 7 of the application form)

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Attn. Mr. Michel Garceau
140, Grande Allée Est, 4th floor
Québec (Québec)  G1R 5M8

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
Attn. Ms. Élina Boutia
500, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Bureau 800
Montréal (Québec)  H3A 3C6

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
Attn. Ms. Katell Colin
140, Grande Allée Est, 4th floor
Québec (Québec)  G1R 5M8

10 – Announcement of results

Award recipients will be contacted by the FRQ. A monthly announcement will also be made by news release.

11 – Additional information

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)


Applications that do not include all required documents by the competition deadline will be deemed ineligible. The evaluation committee will not receive any appendices or documents other than those required.

Appendix 1 – Research sectors

(French only)

Consultez le tableau de la classification des disciplines pour en connaître davantage.

Appendix 2 – Research areas

See the Mission and research fields section.

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)

Arts, Literature and Society
Writing and Fine Arts
Cultures, Religions and Civilizations
The Development and Functioning of Individuals, Communities and Social Living
The Economy, Employment and Markets
Education, Knowledge and Skills
Fundamental Issues and Meaning of Life
Organizational Management
Language and Languages
Media, Communication and Information
Living Environments, Planning and Appropriation of Human Spaces
The Nature, Transformation and Governance of Society and Institutions
International Relations and Development

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies  (FRQNT)

Abstract structures
Information and communications technologies
Living organisms
Manufacturing and construction
Natural resources
Nature and interaction of matter
Techniques, measurement and systems

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Child, Youth and Maternal Health
Circulatory and Respiratory Health
Gender and Health
Health Services
Human Genetics
Infection and Immunity
Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction
Nutrition and Metabolism
Population Health