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Master's Awards

Updated August 12, 2021

Duration and value

One year; two $9,500 awards

Purpose

These awards are intended to support students registered at the master’s level in Québec universities during their research project. During their master’s studies, the students use the archival fonds and heritage collections of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) or conduct research on one of the following topics: book, print and publishing history in Québec; history and sociology of reading in Québec; and Indigenous heritage materials of Québec.

Eligibility

Applicants must be registered in a master's programme at a Québec university and have begun their university activities when submitting an application. At the start date of the award, master’s students must be registered full-time, intend to continue their university studies for two consecutive sessions and plan to continue the project for which the award was received. Awardees must then conduct their research on an aspect or on a component of the archival fonds and heritage collections of BAnQ or on one of the following themes: book, print and publishing history in Québec, history and sociology of reading in Québec; and Indigenous heritage materials of Québec. Moreover, they must also participate in outreach activities related to their research and devote at least 30 hours per week to the project for which they received the award if they work or have other duties on a part-time basis.

Finally, an awardee must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (S.C. 2001, c. 27);
  • be a resident of Québec within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act (CQRL, c. A-29);
  • have been domiciled in Québec for at least one year.

An awardee may also be a foreign student registered at a Québec university who has a study permit issued by the Government of Canada that is valid for the duration of his studies.

Applicants for a master’s award may not submit a project more than twice. If they have received an award under the Research support programme, they must wait three years before submitting a new project.

Application file  

Application files must include the following items:

  • A one-page* cover letter;
  • The form [Word – 1,39 Mo] (in French only) duly completed, dated and signed;
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  • A research paper, namely a copy of a published article or analysis related to the candidate’s area(s) of research (maximum 15 pages or 6000 words*);
  • A one-page letter of recommendation (maximum 400 words) placed in a sealed envelope and signed across the flap;
  • All transcripts of university studies, duly authenticated by the institution;
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum four pages*).

Superfluous pages will be removed from the file before it is sent to the jury.

All items must be written in French or English. Documents in another language must be accompanied by a French translation certified by an accredited translator.

All applications should be sent by mail to the address below. Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Concours du Programme de soutien à la recherche
Direction de la recherche et de la diffusion des collections patrimoniales
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
2275, rue Holt
Montréal (Québec)  H2G 3H1

Evaluation criteria

  • Suitability of a project given the objective of promoting BAnQ’s fonds and collections or the objective of completing a research project on one of the following topics: book, print and publishing history in Québec; history and sociology of reading in Québec; and Indigenous heritage materials of Québec;
  • Scientific quality of the research; 
  • Feasibility of the project within the time prescribed by the university to which the candidate is attached; 
  • Quality and relevance of university training.

Selection

Examination of applications by jury members who will grant two master's awards.

Jury

Five members, including three members from faculties of Québec universities, representing distinct universities and different disciplines, and two BAnQ representatives.

Annual timetable

Competition closing date: March 1 (files must be mailed no later than this date; the postmark serves as proof of the mailing date)
Announcement of jury’s decision: No later than June 15
Start date of award: No later than September 1 following announcement of the jury’s decision