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Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (programme de bourses d'excellence pour étudiants étrangers-PBEE) and DE (FRQNT) / DS (FRQSC) for Foreign Students


Program Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Short-term research
Value &
(up to 3 years)
(one year)
(up to 4 months)
(up to 3 years)
Special Citizenship allowances Candidates from Brazil, India, or Wallonia region will compete in their own citizenship category in each of program levels. Citizens of all other eligible countries will compete in the "Open" category in each of program levels (Doctoral, postdoctoral, short-term research). DE & DS have no special citizenship.
  1. Contact academic unit for deadline to submit PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form and copies of transcripts to Unit.
  2. Contact academic unit for deadline to submit full pre-selection application to Unit, if eligible.
How to Apply Please submit the PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form to your academic unit by the deadline. If confirmed eligible, pre-selected applications are also due to your academic unit by the deadline. All documents submitted should be copies, not originals.

If nominated by McGill, applicants are responsible for submitting their online application and hard copies of original supporting documents to the agency by the agency deadline.

Please contact your academic unit or consult the FRQNT website

Apply to This competition is by University nomination only.

All applicants must apply through their respective academic unit. If you are not currently registered at McGill and wish to apply to come to McGill through this award, please contact the academic unit to which you will apply.

* Wallonie region scholarship applicants must have studied in a French-language university institution in Belgium, available only to Doctoral students or short-term researchers.

*Candidates from China may either apply through the “Open” category or though the Chinese Scholarship Council.

*Candidates from Mexico may either apply through the “Open” category or though the Mexican Ministry of Education.
The DE competition is for studies in the areas of: Aerospace, New information and communications technologies, New health technologies, Genomics, or Nanotechnologies.

The DS competition is for studies in the areas of: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Arts and Literature

DE & DS applicants should use the Doctoral-level PBEEE pre-selection application for pre-selection at McGill.

Eligibility summary

  • This competition is open only to foreign candidates who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Candidates must not have applied for permanent residency.
  • Awards must be activated between April 1 and January 15 of the funding year.
  • Doctoral: New or returning doctoral students. Please note that any Doctoral studies already completed at the start date of the award will be deducted from the 3-year maximum award (see details in agency rules).
  • Postdoctoral: New or returning postdocs who will have completed their PhD no more than 2 years prior to the agency competition deadline (see details and exceptions in agency rules.)
  • Visiting Research Student and Visiting Researcher - V3: Visiting students (pre-Ph.D, option A) will be evaluated separately from visiting scholars (post-Ph.D, option B). Visiting scholars must have completed their Ph.D no more than 5 years prior to the Agency competition deadline.
  • Candidates must have achieved an overall first-class average, as determined by the university. At McGill, this means an A-, or 3.70 (or 3.4 for Law).
  • Note: Students who will be in a qualifying or "make-up" year of study at the start of award tenure are not eligible to apply.

Required documents

Eligibility screening

Pre-selection process


If your academic unit does not already hold copies of all postsecondary transcripts in English or French language, you must provide clear, legible copies in order for your CGPA to be assessed for eligibility. Failure to provide these documents by the deadline will result in exclusion from the competition.

Should you be nominated to the Agency you will be required to submit original/certified copies of proof of citizenship, transcripts, and accompanying documents. Please initiate requests for these documents from issuing institutions early to ensure receipt in time for agency deadlines.

How to apply

Eligibility Screening

Submit the PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form and copies of all postsecondary transcripts to your unit for the posted deadline. Because of the popularity of this competition, all candidates are screened for basic eligibility before they are assessed on an in-depth, qualitative basis. If you are assessed as eligible for this competition, you will be required to complete the pre-selection process.

  1. PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form
  2. All postsecondary transcripts (copies preferred)

Pre-selection process

If you are eligible and your competition category is over-subscribed, you will be required to submit a pre-selection application to be nominated from McGill. This pre-selection application is based on the electronic application required from nominees to the agency.

  1. Applicant checklist - please submit one copy with application to academic unit:
  2. Application forms:
  3. Units will append the copies of transcripts used during the eligibility screening process. Successful nominees will be required to send official, original transcripts to the agency for the agency deadline. Applicants who are currently registered at McGill should order transcripts through Minerva: McGill transcript ordering information
  4. Agency Forms (please use the PDF dynamic version for preselection):

Please inform your referees (and supervisor, if applicable) that should you be nominated to the agency, they will be required to re-submit their letter with the online system in time for the agency deadline. We recommend they retain a copy of their letter from the preselection process.