Building bridges between research and public spheres

Guiding the next generation of leaders in the humanities and social sciences

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation mentorship program connects highly accomplished and engaged Canadians from the public, private, cultural and not-for-profit sectors with scholars, allowing them to guide the next generation of leaders in the social sciences and humanities. Mentors also provide a crucial bridge between the research world and the public sphere, a service which greatly strengthens the Foundation’s community of researchers and the Foundation itself.

Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appoints up to ten mentors who are paired with one or two Foundation scholars for a period of three years, during which mentors also enrich the Foundation's mission.

At a glance

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation mentorship program offers:

  • An honorarium of $20,000 over three years;
  • $15,000 of travel allowance funds to allow mentors to participate in Foundation events during their official mandate;
  • A dedicated mentoring relationship with one or two Foundation scholars;
  • Opportunities for fruitful exchanges, and the possibility to engage, with our exceptional and diverse community of scholars, fellows and mentors;
  • Opportunities to discuss and share innovative ideas during events organized by the Foundation or in partnership with its Public Interaction Program.


  • Be Canadian citizens who are accomplished and remain strongly engaged in either the public, private, cultural or not-for-profit sector, with particular experience in the Foundation's four themes;
  • Are widely recognized for their exceptional track record and their decision-making experience on matters of public importance or policy;
  • Are prepared to dedicate time to mentoring their scholar(s) over at least the three-year period of their official mandate and to participate in annual Foundation events.

Nomination process

Candidates must be proposed either by a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community (mentors, fellows, scholars, directors, members or staff), or by an independent advisor who plays a significant role in the government, business, community development or arts community, either in Canada or abroad.

Selection process

When nominations close, the Foundation mentors are selected through a rigorous selection process that involves the following three steps:


  All applications are reviewed by a committee, and telephone interviews are conducted with the semi-finalists.


  The Foundation's Application and Nomination Review Committee approves the finalists.


  The Foundation's Board of Directors officially approves the mentors.

Key dates

2018 competition

Beginning of July 2017


Call for nomination opens

15 September 2017, 11:59 p.m. (PST)


Deadline for nominations

September to December 2017


Evaluation of nominations

December 2017


Selection of mentors; notice sent to nominees

Early 2018


Public announcement of 2018 mentors; mentor-scholar pairing

3-6 June 2018


Summer Institute of the Foundation (mandatory participation)

Program lead

Sarah Saublet
Program Director, Fellowships and Mentorships
T. 514 938-0001, extension228

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