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.

This award is one of the most prestigious doctoral scholarships in Canada. The award has continuously attracted the very best scholars in the social sciences and humanities, individuals with a passion for public engagement who are likely to become leading national and international figures. Up to 15 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:

    • Be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or foreign nationals (with a preference for candidates from the developing world) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university;
    • Present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the Foundation;
    • Be nominated by a university.
  • 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: Two from academic referees, principally concerning academic achievement
    • 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 up to 2 nominations to FGSR by 4:00 PM on November 14, 2017 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: 2018 competition details TBA