Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (Programme de Bourses d'Excellence pour Étudiants Étrangers-PBEEE) and DE (FRQNT) / DS (FRQSC) for Foreign Students

Award Overview

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, **new - Israel, 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.

Pre-Selection documents and eligibility form submitted to academic Unit by 29 June 2017


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 for admission to McGill through this award, please contact the academic unit to which you will apply.

* Wallonia 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 through the Chinese Scholarship Council.

*Candidates from Mexico may either apply through the “Open” category or through 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.


For more information on eligibility, please consult FRQNT website.

How to Apply

Please submit the PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form, appropriate Pre-Selection Form (see how to apply section below), along with copies of all postsecondary transcripts to your academic unit by the deadline.

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

Pre-selection process

Submit all the required documents to your unit by the deadline.

  1. PBEEE-DE/DS Eligibility Screening Form 
  2. Copies of all postsecondary transcripts.
  3. Copy of proof of Citizenship.
  4. Applicant checklist - please submit one copy with application to academic unit:
  5. Pre-selection forms: You are 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.
  6. Units will append the copies of transcripts and proof of citizenship 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
  7. Agency Forms (please use the PDF dynamic version for preselection): 
    • Doctoral and Postdoctoral::
      Lettre of reference (PDF dynamique): Link to Form
    • Postdoctoral:
      Letter of acceptance (from Supervisor): Link to Form
    • ** note that "committee", "program", and "application number" are not required at this time.
    • 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.
  8. Applicants who are selected for nomination to the agency will be contacted directly by the agency requesting an application package.

    Nominees to send applications to the agency by: 01 Nov 2017 TBC (will be updated as soon as we have confirmation from the Agency.)

    The documents listed below must be attached to electronic form in the order described in two (2) PDF documents.
    • The first includes a copy of the identification page of a valid passport or other official document.
    • The second includes the rest of the documents. The student must ensure that the documents are not protected by a password.
      (Documents submitted in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by a translation of the original.)