Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Ph.D Scholarship Program

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Ph.D Scholarship Program

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Ph.D Scholarship Program is a three-year program designed to train Engaged Leaders, equipping outstanding doctoral candidates with the skills to translate their ideas into action, for the betterment of their communities, Canada, and the world. The 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.

About Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Ph.D Scholarship Program

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship program is for students at the doctoral level only. The program will last for three years and will also provide generous support for Scholars’ doctoral work in the form of a stipend and a research and travel allowance. Scholars are selected each year and receive leadership training in the context of Brave Spaces, in addition to generous funding for their studies.

The application deadline is December 02, 2022.

What does the Scholarship cover?

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars receive:

  • Up to $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses to support Scholars to focus on their doctoral studies and the Foundation’s leadership program.
  • Tailored leadership training from our Fellows and Mentors, for each cohort of Scholars, notably in the context of our Institutes of Engaged Leadership, which are held twice a year, in Canada and abroad, as well as related travel and accommodations (for an approximate value of $5,000).
  • Opportunities to acquire greater proficiency in Canada’s official languages (French and English) as well as Indigenous languages for up to $5,000 a year.
  • Up to $10,000 per year for three years, as a research, networking, and travel allowance related to the Scholar’s doctoral research.
  • Membership in a vibrant community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines and sectors, and lifelong membership in the Foundation’s alumni network.

Eligibility Requirements for Trudeau Foundation Ph.D Scholarship

To apply to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You must be already accepted into or in year one or two of a full-time doctoral program, and expected to complete your doctoral studies in 2026 or later.
  2. Your field of study is broadly related to the humanities or human sciences of direct relevance to the future of Canada; (please refer to the FAQ for more details and read up on past scholarship recipients)
  3. Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment.
  4. Be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident of Canada or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.

Accepted Subject Areas

Social Sciences and Humanities related studies, preferably one of the following:

  • Human Rights and Dignity
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada and the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

Your commitment

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars must:
  • Engage in Foundation in-person and digital events, including custom-designed Institutes of Engaged Leadership and Retreats during the first year of their term. NOTE: Due to the situation stemming from COVID-19, the format of forthcoming events will follow national and local restrictions. Some small in-person gatherings may take place, if conditions allow. Otherwise, the Foundation will continue to engage its community through digital events.
  • Collectively organize a conference event (Impact Conference) during the second year of the leadership program and present this conference during the third year
  • Serve their communities as volunteers: Outside Foundation programming, active Scholars are expected to perform 30 hours of volunteer service or community initiatives each year and report on these activities to the Foundation. The Foundation takes a broad interpretation on volunteerism, particularly within the context of COVID-19.
  • If they are not fluently bilingual in both of Canada’s Official Languages (French and English), take steps, through formal or informal training, to improve their proficiency in the Official Language with which they are less familiar. Scholars also commit to becoming more familiar with Canada’s Indigenous Languages through the leadership program.

How to Apply

For more information about the scholarship, visit the program website.

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