Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships 2018 in the humanities and social sciences

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The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships in the humanities and social sciences are the only one of its scope and stature in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars are outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world.


  • Full-time first or second year students enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences; and
  • Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in Canada, or Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program outside of Canada.
  • Up to one scholar in four per given year may be a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations.

Fields of research

Humanities and social sciences, and specifically one or more of the following areas:

Nomination process

Candidates must be nominated by the Canadian or foreign institution where they wish to study or are currently studying. Universities can nominate a candidate from their institution who is pursuing doctoral studies at another university.

At a glance

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships provide:

  • $40,000 per year for three years;
  • $20,000 per year for three years, as research and travel allowance;
  • Opportunity for a fourth year: writing or dissemination scholarship;
  • Advice from a mentor from various spheres of Canadian public life, starting the second year of the scholarship;
  • Development of leadership potential;
  • Support from an outstanding community of scholars, fellows and mentors, and opportunities for interaction with 350 leaders and personalities in every sector of the humanities and social sciences;
  • Involvement in lively exchange with other researchers or scholars and a keen interest in contributing to public dialogue;
  • Collaboration with Foundation mentors, fellows and scholars on interdisciplinary projects going beyond their own field of expertise;
  • Sharing of innovative ideas at events organized by or in conjunction with the Foundation.

Other highlights:

  • A total of 260 applications were considered in the 2017 competition.
  • Universities submit up to eight of their top files received.
  • Screening and interviews were conducted by external review committees.
  • A total of 15 scholarships were awarded in 2017.
  • The Foundation has selected and supported 217 scholars since its inception.
  • Since 2003, the Foundation has received 2,686 nominations.


2018 competition

1 September 2017 2018 doctoral scholarship competition opens
Fall 2017 Internal university deadlines for submission of files
8 December 2017 Foundation deadline for receiving files from universities
Early February 2018 Notification of semi-finalists
Early March 2018 Finalists invited for interviews
Mid-March 2018 Interviews with finalists in Montréal
Late April 2018 Notification of selected candidates
Mid-May 2018 Mandatory participation in the Foundation’s Summer Institute
Early June 2018 Official announcement of 2018 scholars


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