Scholarships and Awards

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rewards outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled, or about to be enrolled, in a social sciences or humanities program and who are doing research in areas related to one of four themes:

• Human Rights and Dignity;
• Responsible Citizenship;
• Canada in the World; and
• People and their Natural Environment.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program will help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is seeking candidates who are audacious, original, and forward-thinking. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year.

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  • Value

    The scholarship is valued at $40,000 per year for three years plus $20,000 of annual research and travel allowance.

    Recipients of the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship will also receive top-up funding from the University of Alberta in the form of the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction on the basis of submission of the Trudeau Scholarship offer letter.
  • Eligibility

    Students applying from the University of Alberta must:

    • Doctoral students already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time program in the humanities or social sciences whose work relates to one of the Foundations’ four themes
    • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution, or non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

  • Application Procedures

    Students must apply to, and be nominated by their department in order to be considered for the Trudeau Scholarship. Departments may set their own internal competition details (e.g. deadline), and students must submit copies of all their application materials to their department as part of the first phase of the adjudication process.
    Students must complete their application using the online Foundation Portal. A complete application consists of the following:
    • Application form
    • Three letters of reference: At least one must be from an academic referee concerning academic achievements, and at least one must be from a non-academic referee concerning your leadership abilities. The third reference letter may come from an academic or non-academic referee
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

    Details and instructions on completing the Trudeau Scholarship application can be found here.

  • Nomination Procedures

    Departments may submit one nomination to FGSR by 4:00 PM on January 25, 2019 deadline. See memo for details. Results of the annual competition will be announced in Spring. Recipients will be notified directly by the Trudeau Foundation.


  • Deadlines

    Deadline for receipt of nominations in the FGSR: January 25, 2019