Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships for Researchers

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships for Researchers

The application for the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships for researchers is now open. This is for Canadian Citizens and Foreign Nationals to study Social Sciences and Humanities at Canadian Universities. The application deadline is 21st December 2021. The scholarship is for 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

About the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

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. 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.

Each candidate will be judged based on the selection criteria below:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Leadership experience and abilities;
  • Thematic relevance of research to the Foundation’s themes;
  • Public engagement;
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge;
  • Communication skills;
  • Desire to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors

The Foundation welcomes candidates embodying all forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. We encourage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates.

Eligibility Criteria for Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

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 2025 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.

Value of Awards

If you are chosen as a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, you will receive:

  • Membership in a community of other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows, all of whom are leaders and change-makers in their respective disciplines and sectors;
  • Leadership training from Mentors and Fellows;
  • $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;

Successful candidate must do the following:

  • Attend a community retreat and two Institutes of Engaged Leadership during the first year of your term;
  • Collaboratively plan and participate in a conference event during the second year of your term;
  • Work with other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows on a creative knowledge sharing and dissemination project during the third year of your term;
  • Work towards fluency in English and French with support from the Foundation;
  • Actively engage and collaborate with the Foundation’s community of Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows; and
  • Submit one research progress report per year.

How to Apply for Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships

To submit your application, follow the steps below:

Register for an account

The starting point is to register for an account on the Foundation’s application portal. If you already have an account from a scholarship competition prior to 2021, you will need to create a new application.

Fill out the application

Once your registration is complete, you will be able to create an application for the 2022 Scholarship Competition. In order to complete your application, you will need to provide:

  • Demographic information on yourself
  • Essay Questions: Provide answers (200 to 400 words) to four essay questions.
  • Doctoral Projects and Themes: Provide information on your doctoral project, with answers ranging from 200 to 400 words in length.
  • Referees: Enter the name and email address of two referees in the boxes provided. At least one of them must be an academic referee who is able to comment on your university academic performance.
  • Language Skills, Post-secondary Education, Achievements and Experience: Provide information on your language skills, your post-secondary education, your achievements – including scholarships, fellowships, awards, publications, conferences, extracurricular and volunteer activities – as well as your relevant work experience.
  • Upload Transcripts: Upload transcripts for all your post-secondary education, except information related to CEGEP in Quebec, should you have attended CEGEP in Quebec.

Get recommendations

Once you have entered the name and email address of your referees in the space provided in the application form, an email will automatically be sent to the referees, asking them to complete a predetermined referral form directly on the Foundation’s application portal. Referees must complete the predetermined referral form, which includes both narrative answers and numerical evaluations. We are no longer asking referees to upload their reference letter in PDF format on our application portal. We advise that you follow up with your referees to ensure they submit the completed form on time, by December 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m EST.

All candidates are asked to acknowledge that they have read and understood key policies of the Foundation. Throughout the three-year program, all Scholars are asked to read, understand and comply with these policies:

  • Policy on the Prevention of Harassment and Violence and
  • Code of Community Engagement.

PETF selection process

All eligible candidates who submit a completed application by December 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST will go through a rigorous selection process. PETF will contact successful candidates (Round One) in February 2022 and invite them to group interviews.

Finalists (Round Two) will then receive invitation to meet for individual interviews with members of the ANRC in March 2022.

For more information on the scholarship, click here.

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