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Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship Program will help researchers become engaged leaders, aware of current and future issues in our society and open to unconventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is looking for audacious, original, forward-thinking candidates.

The program is three years in duration and will also provide generous support for the doctoral work of Fellows in the form of an allowance and a travel allowance. For more information, please visit the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation website.


If you are selected as a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, you will receive an annual allowance of $40,000 for three years to cover reasonable tuition and living expenses as well as an annual search and travel allowance of $20,000 for three years.


To be considered, applicants must be Doctoral students already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time program in the humanities or social sciences whose work relates to one of the Foundations’ four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment.

  • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Up to 25% of Scholars in a given year may be non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

For more information: Become a Scholar

Application Procedures

Students must apply through the Foundation's online portal. Their registration is then matched with their university institution.

Candidates interested in the Foundation’s doctoral scholarship must visit the Foundation's portal and register, after having read the updated information on the Foundation website. Candidates must complete the application form, upload their transcripts, and ask two referees to upload letters of recommendation.

Applicants are invited to apply directly to the Foundation. Please visit the online application to apply.


The deadline to complete the online Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship application is January 5, 2021.