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

     Details for 2020 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation application process is forthcoming

  • Nomination Procedures

    Details for 2020 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation nomination process is forthcoming


  • Deadlines

    Deadline for 2020 competition: TBA