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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Mar 18, 2022

Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation awards up to fifteen doctoral scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to humanities and social sciences.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister.

The Foundation’s leadership program aims to empower Scholars to have a meaningful impact in their institutions and communities. It does so by equipping Scholars with key leadership skills, instilling in them values crucial for Engaged Leaders, such as engagement with a plurality of perspectives, service to the community, audacity, and innovation.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation represents much more than a Scholarship. We are a gateway for bold, cutting-edge doctoral researchers to become Engaged Leaders who have a meaningful impact in their communities and institutions.

The Foundation fosters the development of Engaged Leadership skills through a three-year program centered on curriculum taught by Fellows and Mentors in settings that take Scholars outside of a traditional university setting. By working alongside others who have a diversity of perspectives and come from different backgrounds, Scholars learn leadership by stepping outside their comfort zone.

Brief Description of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

Host Organization: Participating Canadian Universities

Scholarship Host: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Scholarship Location: Canada

Course Level: Ph.D. Degree

Number of Awards: Up to 15

Eligible Countries: Canadian citizens or permanent residents and international students

Worth of Awards: See Below

Application Deadline: Before 22 Feb 2022 (annual)

Course Level/Fields of study

Ph.D. Research Program related to Social sciences and Humanities, specifically one or more of the following areas: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World and People and their Natural Environment

Worth of Awards/inclusions/duration

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships provide $40,000 per year for three years; up to $20,000 per year for three years (as research and travel allowance), membership in a community of other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders and change-makers in their respective disciplines and sectors; and Leadership training from Mentors and Fellows.

Please see the official website for complete scholarship benefits.

Eligibility Criteria 

  •  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:
    • Human Rights and Dignity;
    • Responsible Citizenship;
    • Canada and the World; and
    • People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Up to 25% of Scholars in a given year may be non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

Method of Application

Applications are currently closed. 

Students must apply via the Foundation’s portal at https://trudeaufdn.fluxx.io/apply/scholars. Their registration is then matched with their school. Each university holds its own internal selection process to determine which applicants from their institution will be nominated for the scholarship. Please contact your university to learn about its internal selection process and deadlines.

The 2022 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship Competition will open on 3 December 2021. Each university has its own internal deadlines to select students whom it will nominate for the scholarship. The final deadline for universities to submit their nominations to the Foundation is 22 February 2022.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website: