Scholarships F.A.Q.

What distinguishes the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Trudeau Foundation's Doctoral Scholarship?

It is the most prestigious scholarship in the social sciences and humanities in Canada. Its annual value is up to $60,000 per Scholar for a maximum of three years. In addition to generous financial support, it also includes a separate annual travel allowance to support research-related travel and cover other networking, professional development and dissemination expenses. It also offers the Scholar the opportunity to benefit from a special relationship with an experienced Mentor. Finally, it welcomes the Scholars into the Foundation Community, which is comprised of talented people who share the same diligence, audacity, and intellectual ambition, and the will to apply and share their knowledge for the benefit of all.

What lends the Scholarship its prestige?

The prestige comes first and foremost from the name it bears. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, was a respected, engaged and passionate man. Several years after the initial launch of the Foundation’s first programs, the name is now also associated with all the exceptional people who have joined the ranks of the Foundation Community.

From which fields do your Scholars originate?

To date, the Foundation has offered scholarships to students in the following fields: anthropology, communications, criminology, law, economy, history, literature, philosophy, religion, environmental sciences, political sciences, social sciences, sociology, and the arts.

What is the deadline for application to the next competition?

The 2018 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Competition will open in September 2017. The deadline will be 8 December 2017. Each university will have its own deadlines to select the students whose files will be forwarded to the Foundation before the final deadline.

How does a student apply?

Students must be recommended by a Canadian or foreign university. They should consult their university for more information on the university's internal selection process and deadlines, which vary from one institution to another.

Can I send my own application directly to the Foundation?

No. Files sent directly by a student will be automatically declined by the Foundation. Only complete files received from a university within the deadline will be considered.

Are applications from foreign students accepted?

Foreign students who have been accepted or will be accepted into a doctoral program at a Canadian university are eligible. The Foundation favours applications from students of developing countries. The selection criteria are the same as for any other student, i.e., complete applications must be submitted by a university.

Are Canadian citizens studying in a foreign university eligible?

Trudeau Scholarships can be awarded to Canadian citizens studying at an approved foreign university, but the vast majority of the scholarships will be given to candidates pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university.

Which university should submit my application, the institution where I am currently studying or the one where I applied?

The Foundation accepts applications from any university. It is up to the student to decide which institution will submit the best file on his or her behalf. Universities may nominate a student of their own who is pursuing a doctorate at another institution.

Am I eligible to apply for a Doctoral Scholarship if I am already enrolled in a doctoral program?

To be eligible for consideration by the Foundation, candidates must be applying for the first year of a doctoral program or registered in the first or second year of such a program.

Where can I find the application form?

The link to the Foundation's Portal will be available as of 1 September 2017.


Does the Foundation provide a format for the reference letters?

There is no format for reference letters, but the Foundation does require that the letters be signed and that the name and contact information of the referee be clearly stated. The letters must be submitted in PDF format.

Which transcripts should be submitted?

Transcripts of all post-secondary studies must be submitted through the portal, including CEGEP transcripts for candidates who attended CEGEP in Quebec.

What language is used during the interview?

The interview will be held in English or French, or in both of the official languages of Canada, depending on the language skills of the finalist.

Does the Foundation offer Scholarships other than at the doctoral level?

The Scholarship program is for students at the doctoral level only. The Foundation does not offer funding for undergraduate and master’s programs.

Is the Scholarship valid for three or four years?

The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship is tenable for three years. During their third year, Trudeau Scholars may apply for a thesis writing scholarship or a dissemination scholarship, for a fourth year of financing.

Who is the resource person for the Doctoral Scholarship Program?

Ms. Sarah Kamal is the Doctoral Scholarships Program Officer in the absence of Ms. Josée St-Martin, Program Director.

Is the accumulation of awards allowed?

It is permitted if the other scholarships or fellowships allow the accumulation of awards. The Foundation will reduce the amount offered if the total value of those external awards exceeds $10,000 CAD.

What should I know about the interview?

The interview is approximately 40 minutes long with an external panel of four interviewers. The names of the review panel members from previous years can be found on the Trudeau Foundation website, but we do not announce the names of active members.

Does the student's research project have to be linked to the four themes of the Foundation?

A link to one or more of the Foundation themes is a basic requirement for the Trudeau Scholarship. The Trudeau Foundation’s themes are Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People in their Natural Environment.

Can I apply if I am studying part-time for my doctoral degree?

Only students studying full-time in a doctoral program are eligible to receive a Trudeau Scholarship.