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Scholarships from granting agencies

Federal and provincial research granting agencies offer several scholarship programs to graduate and prospective graduate students seeking to further their training. The goal of these scholarships is to recognize academic excellence, encourage university research, and give recipients an opportunity to acquire workplace and research experience.

List of programs (translation in process)

Government of Canada

CRSH – Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada
CRSNG – Conseil de recherche en sciences naturelles et génie du Canada
IRSC – Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada

Government of Quebec

FRQNT – Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
FRQSC – Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
FRQS – Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
IRSST – Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Webinar about the different scholarships programs (in French)

Webinaire tenu en 2021 par le Bureau des bourses et de l’aide financière de l’Université Laval

To learn more.

To learn more.

INAF programs

Support for postdoctoral internship


Encourage the recruitment of new postdoctoral trainees in INAF’s research teams

Nature of financial support (Two salary supplements available)

Contribution of $10,000 to the candidate’s salary, non-renewable [1].

Eligibility conditions

  • The candidate must complete an internship of at least 12 months under the supervision of a researcher who is a regular member of INAF;
  • The candidate must begin his or her internship before March 31, 2023;
  • Postdoctoral fellows already at INAF at the time of application are not eligible;
  • This salary supplement cannot be combined with the postdoctoral salary supplement awarded by the Centre NUTRISS;
  • The applicant must not hold a named award from a granting agency at the time of application (e.g. Mitacs, FRQNT, FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, etc.).

Submitting applications

The researcher who will supervise the trainee will submit the application. The application must be submitted in PDF format and include the following information:

  1. Identification of the candidate and the researcher (director of internship);
  2. Membership or non-membership of an Equity-Diversity-Inclusion (EDI) target group (Women, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples) – Identify the group if necessary;
  3. Title of the INAF researcher’s project;
  4. Title candidate’s project;
  5. Project summary (max. 25 lines);
  6. The project plan for the postdoctoral fellow within the researcher’s project (max. 25 lines);
  7. Expected scientific spin‐offs (max 25 lines);
  8. The structuring impact of the candidate’s presence for INAF (max. 25 lines);
  9. Financial arrangement of the candidate’s salary;
  10. A letter of presentation by the researcher to demonstrate the impact of the financial support on its capacity to recruit the candidate;
  11. A letter of motivation from the candidate;
  12. The CV of the candidate.

Evaluation of applications

Evaluation procedure

Each application will be evaluated by an evaluation committee composed of INAF member researchers who have not submitted projects in the context of this competition. The funded projects will be announced by April 2022 to the researcher who will supervise the applicant.

Assessment criteria (passing score of 80%)
  • Excellence of the candidate and relevance of the application to the project (30 pts);
  • Structuring effect for the team and for INAF (construction of research teams, new inter-axis or inter-university collaborations, strategic or emerging sectors) (30 pts);
  • Relevance and innovative aspect of the project (20 pts);
  • Project implementation plan (objectives, duration and schedule, budget, expected benefits, realism) (20 pts).


  • For equal quality, applications from researchers who have not benefited from this salary supplement in the last 5 years will be prioritized;
  • For equal quality, applications from groups designated by Laval University’s EDI policy will be prioritized.

Deadline for reception of applications

The investigator who will lead the applicant must submit the application in PDF format (with all sections merged in the order indicated for application assembly) to by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Only one application per researcher may be submitted.


[1] Tax deductions and union dues will be withheld from each pay in accordance with the rules of the current collective agreement.

Complementary grants for new graduate students



Promote the recruitment and co-direction of new graduate students in INAF research teams.

Nature of financial support (10 scholarships available)

  • A one-time contribution of $5000 to the scholarship of the newly enrolled graduate student;
  • The number of scholarships awarded annually by cycle of study remains flexible and will be determined in proportion to the number of applications received per cycle.

Eligibility criteria

  • The candidate must conduct his or her studies under the direction of a regular INAF member and the co-direction of another regular or associate member of INAF;
  • The research project must be in line with INAF’s scientific program;
  • The candidate must begin his or her program of study in the summer 2022, fall 2022 or winter 2023;
  • The candidate must not hold any other scholarship or salary from a granting agency at the time of application (e.g. Mitacs, FRQNT, FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, etc.);
  • Co-supervision of an intersectoral nature is an added value;
  • A candidate supervised by a researcher at the beginning of his/her career (less than 5 years between the date of hiring and the date of submission of this application) is an asset;
  • Projects of an inter-institutional nature will have access to a mobility envelope of a maximum value of $2000;
  • The INAF scholarship supplement cannot be combined with a graduate scholarship from the Centre NUTRISS.

How to submit an application

The application must be submitted by the researcher who will supervise the candidate, and must include the following information:

  1. Identification of the candidate;
  2. Identification of the candidate’s director, co-director and other researchers involved in the project, if applicable, and their institution;
  3. The candidate’s program of study;
  4. Title and abstract of the candidate’s project (max. 25 lines);
  5. Start of studies (Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023);
  6. Impact of the award on the candidate’s recruitment and research environment (justify the financial support requested);
  7. Financial arrangement for the candidate’s salary;
  8. A letter of motivation from the candidate including a description of his/her research pathway*;
  9. The candidate’s CV;
  10. The candidate transcript.

The application must be complete and submitted in a single PDF document. An incomplete application will not be considered.

Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be evaluated by a committee composed of members of the INAF Scientific Committee and INAF researchers who have not submitted projects to the competition. The evaluation criteria will be as follows:

  • Relevance and added value of the project to the INAF scientific program (45pts);
  • Justification and impact of the financial support requested (20 pts);
  • Quality of the applicant and ability to present his/her research pathway (35 pts).

Deadline for applications

The researcher who will be supervising the candidate must submit his or her application no later than September 30, 2022 to Only one application per researcher may be submitted.

*Research pathway
(This criterion is adapted from the new evaluation criteria of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ))

The paths that lead a person to become interested in a field of research are multiple. Some paths are straight, others are more atypical. The purpose of this sub-criterion is to show the links between the experiences you have acquired, your fields of interest and your training path. We therefore invite you to describe your academic and professional background by focusing on the elements you wish to highlight. Highlight your strengths, circumstances, positive influences and opportunities that have helped shape your education, consolidate your knowledge acquisition and strengthen your skills applicable to your career development. If applicable, show how the experiences that have marked your academic, professional and personal life have enriched your intellectual experience. If necessary, explain the reasons for interrupting your studies. If there were particular obstacles along the way, explain how you overcame them.

Transfo:Inno Scholarships (translation in progress)

Prochain concours : hiver 2022

Fruit d’un partenariat entre l’INAF,  le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ) et la fondation INITIA, le but de ce programme annuel de bourses est de favoriser le développement de la relève scientifique dans les domaines d’intérêt pour l’industrie de la transformation alimentaire québécoise.

Les bourses Transfo : Inno visent donc à reconnaître l’excellence et l’implication d’étudiants et d’étudiantes s’intéressant au domaine des sciences alimentaires aux niveaux collégial et universitaire et à soutenir financièrement des étudiants et des étudiantes inscrits aux études supérieures (M. Sc. et Ph. D.) afin de faciliter la poursuite de leurs études.


Douze bourses totalisant un montant de 15 000 $ seront accordées à des étudiants démontrant des intérêts marqués dans la poursuite d’études en sciences alimentaires et ayant d’excellents résultats scolaires. Ce volet vise à reconnaître tant la performance académique que l’intérêt et les aptitudes d’étudiants d’exception.

  • Trois bourses de 500 $ au niveau collégial
  • Trois bourses de 1 000 $ au niveau du baccalauréat
  • Trois bourses de 1 500 $ au niveau de la maîtrise
  • Trois bourses de 2 000 $ au niveau du doctorat.


Trois étudiants de 2e et 3e cycle se prévaudront d’un appui financier personnel afin de leur permettre de poursuivre leurs études supérieures. La contribution financière permettra de défrayer une partie du salaire de l’étudiant lorsqu’il n’est pas boursier d’organismes subventionnaires. Le financement de la partie expérimentale du projet devra être assuré par d’autres sources de financement. Le candidat et son directeur devront faire la démonstration du caractère essentiel de l’appui demandé.

  • Trois contributions de 5 000 $ au niveau de la maîtrise et du doctorat.

Documents and eligibility criteria

Visit the INITIA Foundation website by

clicking here.

Centre NUTRISS support programs

Student members from the Centre NUTRISS,  an INAF affiliated entity, can be on specific support programs.

For more information.

University scholarship programs

Each university has information on current scholarships and bursaries available to their students on their website. Sometimes in the form of a directory, it is then possible to search for scholarships by targeting specific eligibility criteria, e.g. field and level of study.

Links to the scholarship directories of INAF’s partner universities 

Université Laval

HEC Montréal

INRS – Institut national de la recherche scientifique

McGill University

Université de Montréal

Université de Sherbrooke

UQAR – Université du Québec à Rimouski

UQTR – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Internship and conference scholarships

Research internships abroad

The Globalink-MITACS  student programs fund international research internships. INAF student members can complete a paid internship outside Canada.

International students can also benefit from these programs to do an internship at INAF.

For more information.

Financial assistance for presentation at an international conference


To increase the visibility and influence of INAF on the international scene through an oral or written presentation by our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Eligibility criteria

  • The candidate must be supervised by an INAF research member and present an oral or written communication as first author in an international conference.
  • The topic of the presentation must be in line with one of the themes of INAF’s scientific programming.
  • INAF’s financial support cannot be combined with financial support from another organization (e.g. Centre NUTRISS, Fondation Initia, etc.).
  • The visibility of INAF and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologie (FRQNT) required on the abstract and on the presentation material must comply with all the following requirements:

Mandatory visibility in the abstract

  • The student’s affiliation or address must clearly state “Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods”. This affiliation must be indicated for all co-authors who are members of INAF.

Mandatory visibility in presentation materials

  • Oral Communication: Title slide must include the INAF logo. Acknowledgement slide must include the FRQNT name.
  • Poster communication: The INAF logo must be present and clearly visible at the top of the poster. FRQNT’s contribution should be acknowledged in the acknowledgement section.
  • INAF logos are available here.

Submission of the application

  • The application must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date and must include:
    • The application form completed by the student and signed by the student and his/her supervisor;
    • A copy of the preliminary program of the conference;
    • A copy of the abstract of the presentation as submitted to the conference.
  • Within one month of the end of the conference, the student must provide the following supporting evidence:
    • Final version of the presentation (oral or written) demonstrating that the visibility given to INAF and FRQNT complies with all requirements described above;
    • Official conference program identifying the section in which the presentation appears;
    • Relevant invoices (registration fees, accommodation fees, transportation fees, meal fees);
    • For Université Laval students: it is the student’s responsibility to apply for reimbursement of all these travel expenses from the director’s unit and to provide the expense report. The amount of financial assistance will then be paid to the director from this report.
    • For students from institutions outside of Université Laval: a specimen cheque.
  • Please note that failure to comply with these rules will result in the cancellation of the financial support.

Nature of financial support

  • INAF will reimburse the registration fees incurred by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who present at a virtual conference up to a maximum of $150


  • INAF will reimburse 50% of the costs incurred by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows presenting at a face-to-face conference up to a maximum of $750 (e.g., registration fees, accommodation, transportation and meals);
  • Funding may be awarded once at the 2nd cycle, twice at the 3rd cycle, and once at the postdoctoral level;
  • Limit of 1 participation per 12-month period;
  • Financial support is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to the availability of funds for this program. The budget allocated to this program is $30,000 for the year 2022-2023.
  • The student must submit his or her request at least one month before the conference and must submit the supporting documents no later than one month after the conference to Annie Lapointe (