About BAnQ

Master's Awards

Please note: The Research Support Program is currently being revised. The complete award rules and regulations will be available at the end of August 2014.

 

Duration and value

One year; two $9,500 awards; possibility of a third award of equal value (additional doctoral or master's award)

Purpose of the awards

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 history, print history, publishing history in Québec; history and sociology of reading in Québec; and the Aboriginal documentary heritage of Québec.

Eligibility criteria and rules of use

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 Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) or on one of the following themes: book history, print history and publishing history in Québec, history and sociology of reading in Québec; and the Aboriginal documentary history of Québec. Moreover, they must also participate in dissemination 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, 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 master’s award may not submit a project more than twice. Persons having received an award under the Research support programme, with the exception of an award for a visiting researcher, must wait three years before submitting a new project.

A complete application includes  

  • A one-page* cover letter;
  • The form [Word – 73 KB] (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*);
  • A one-page* letter of recommendation 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*).

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

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 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 history, print history and publishing history in Québec; history and sociology of reading in Québec; and the Aboriginal documentary heritage 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.

Method of selection

Examination of applications by jury members who grant two awards. The jury also grants a third award, called an additional doctoral or master's award, after examining the other applications for the master's awards and the applications recommended, for the additional award, by the jury of the doctoral award competition.

Composition of the 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 (the 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

Our partners

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