Being welcomed into the Foundation’s community as a scholar has been an incredible privilege. The scholarship has introduced me to one of the most talented and motivated networks of leaders in the country, a community from which I now draw inspiration on a daily basis. Not only has the Trudeau scholarship supported my research and personal development; it has fundamentally shaped the direction of my life and career.” Ben Verboom, 2015 Trudeau scholar

We Value People

Each 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.

We Build Connections

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.

We Encourage Audacity

Candidates are evaluated based on their academic achievement, which must be on par with the highest standards of the world’s most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs. Future scholars must also demonstrate an ability to engage in lively exchange with other researchers and scholars, and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue. Future scholars must be willing to commit their time and energy to work with Trudeau mentors, fellows, and scholars on cross-sectoral projects not necessarily related to their doctoral research. For more information, please consult the Funding Agreement with Trudeau scholars.

In brief

  • A total of 287 applications were considered in the 2015 competition.
  • Screening and interviews were conducted by external review committees.
  • The 2015 selection process concluded with the award of 16 Trudeau doctoral scholarships.
  • Scholars’ research projects are related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes.
  • To date, the Foundation has selected and supported 187 Trudeau scholars.
  • Since 2003, the Foundation has received 2218 complete scholarship application files
  • The annual value is up to $60,000 per scholar (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) for up to four years

Trudeau scholars, active in the public arena sampler

Many scholars have expressed their views on topics of current interest in the media. Among them, Jake Pyne (2014) participated in a press conference at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in support of a plan to regulate changes in sexual identity for LGBTQ minors. Lisa Kerr (2012) and Kyle Kirkup (2013) have published op-ed pieces on solitary confinement in the Canadian and U.S penal systems. Tammara Soma (2014) discussed the causes and consequences of food waste and offered listeners related advice on CBC Radio One. And Michael Pal (2012) wrote a piece in the Ottawa Citizen analysing the recent Elections Act, which limits how non-resident Canadians can exercise their right to vote. Learn more