Research award for projects pertaining to library and archival science

Updated September 1, 2017

Duration and value of the award

One year; one award worth $12,500

Purpose of the award

The purpose of this award is to provide support for a student registered for a doctorate in a Québec university while he works on his research project on a topic related to the missions of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), as follows: library science and the history and development of libraries in Québec; archival science and the history and development of archivals in Québec; BAnQ’s publics and their use of the resources and services made available to them; the impact of technology on reading and writing; the metadata on BAnQ documents and the data produced by its activities.

Eligibility criteria and rules of use

Awardees must have obtained their master’s degree, be registered full-time in a doctoral programme at a Québec university, plan to continue their university activities for two consecutive sessions and plan to start or continue the project for which the award is provided when their award comes into effect. They must conduct their research on one of the following topics: library science and the history and development of libraries in Québec; archival science and the history and development of archivals in Québec; BAnQ’s publics and their use of the resources and services made available to them; the impact of technologies on reading and writing; the metadata on BAnQ’s documents and the data produced by its activities. Moreover, the awardees must also participate in dissemination activities related to their research and devote at least 30 hours per week to the project for which they obtained the award if they work or perform 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 (SC 2001, ch. 27);
  • be a resident of Québec within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act (R.S.Q., ch. 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 research award for work on topics pertaining to library and archival science may not submit a project more than twice. An awardee who has received an award under the Research support programme must wait three years before submitting a new project.

A complete application includes 

  • A one-page* cover letter;
  • The form [Word – 1,43 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 areas(s) of research (maximum 15 pages or 6000 words*);
  • Two one-page letters of recommendation (maximum 400 words) placed in sealed envelopes and signed across the flap**;
  • All transcripts of university studies, duly authenticated by the institution;
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum four pages*). 

* The extra pages will be removed from the file before it is sent to the jury.

** In the case of a co-supervised project, one of the two letters of recommendation must be signed by the research co-supervisor representing the Québec university.

Language of applications

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

Selection criteria 

  • Suitability of a project with respect to completing a research project on one of the following topics: library science and the history and development of libraries in Québec; archival science and the history and development of archivals in Québec; BAnQ’s publics and their use of the resources and services made available to them; the impact of technologies on reading and writing; the metadata on BAnQ’s documents and the data produced by its activities;
  • 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 academic career.

Method of selection

Examination of applications by jury members who grant one award. 

Composition of the jury 

Three members, including one member from the library community (such as a professor of library science or the director of a university library) and two BAnQ representatives.

Annual timetable

Competition closing date: November 15 (the files must be mailed no later than this date; the postmark serves as proof of the mailing date)
Announcement of the jury’s decision: No later than March 31
Start date of the award: September 1 following the announcement of the jury’s decision

Our partners

Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec. RFN. RDAQ. Les Amis de BAnQ. Fondation de BAnQ.