Deadline: 2019-12-11
Value of Scholarship: 2019-12-11
Level Of Study: 2019-12-11

Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship

New for this year: All scholarship applications will be submitted online through the new Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation portal.
Please visit and use the “Create an Account” button to register. Once registered, the applicant completes the form and uploads his/her three letters of recommendations and transcripts

Up to 15 new Scholars are announced each year in May

The scholarship

Every year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rewards outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program and who are doing research in areas related to our four themes. This award, the most prestigious of its type in Canada, has continuously attracted the very best scholars in the social sciences and humanities, individuals with a passion for public engagement and who are likely to become leading national and international figures.

Targets of the Scholarship:

The award supports interdisciplinary research and original fieldwork by providing a substantial yearly allowance for research and travel, enabling the Scholars to gain first-hand contact with the diverse communities that can enrich their studies. Moreover, each Scholar is paired with a distinguished Trudeau Mentor selected by the Foundation among the most eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life. The Scholarship also offers the opportunity to interact with an exceptional community of leaders and committed individuals in every field of the social sciences and humanities, to participate in events organized by the Foundation and to hold their own workshops, through available financial support.

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Prospective students must demonstrate an ability to engage in lively exchange with other researchers and scholars, and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue

  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant 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


  • Be a Canadian citizen 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 foreign university

Important dates

31 August                         Application Form posted online

Beginning of October     Opening of the competition

28 November every year – 5 p.m. (EST)   Deadline for receipt of printed applications at the Foundation offices; Postmark deadline for print applications


12 December every year – 5 p.m. (EST)   Deadline for receipt of digital applications at the Foundation offices (if you choose this option, you do not need to submit print applications at this stage)

Mid-March Every year               Finalists invited for an interview

20-21 March                     Interviews at the Foundation’s offices in Montreal

Late April                         Notice to the selected candidates

May                                   Public announcement of the new Trudeau Scholars




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