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

    Up to $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses and up to $20,000 per year for three years as a research and travel allowance.

  • Eligibility

    • Must be already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences

    • Doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s four central themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment

    • Canadian citizens are eligible whether they are at a Canadian or an international institution

    • Non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution are eligible

  • Application Procedures

    Students must first register for an account on the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s application portal in order to receive a username and password (generally takes 4 business days so be sure to complete this process right away – check spam folder if you do not see such). An account from a previous scholarship competition may still be used; login using existing login credentials or request a password reset.

    Once logged in, apply by completing the application form in the “Ébauche/Draft” section of the Trudeau portal. Fill out contact information in the “Coordonnées/Contacts” section of the portal.

    Timeline is short so be sure to APPLY EARLY. Follow up with references to ensure they submit on time.

    **Order any required transcripts right away! You will need to upload official transcripts covering all of your post-secondary education in one PDF document per Trudeau application instructions. Ensure application is complete before submitting.

    IMPORTANT: Be sure to check in with your department regarding their internal deadline immediately as there is a quota in place for this competition.

  • Nomination Procedures

    Departments may submit the name of ONE nominee to FGSR via GSMS.

    Please read the Memo for more information.

  • Deadlines

    Departments: Deadline is January 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm to submit name of one nominee to FGSR via GSMS.

    Students: Check with department for internal deadline date.