Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship 2017 For Innovative Researchers to Study in Canada (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline: 2nd December 2016 11:59 p.m. (PST)

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship offers sustained support to intellectuals who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to imagine innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing society. Each year, up to five fellows are appointed by the Foundation, namely Canadian researchers in the “General” category and researchers who are not affiliated to an university in the “Visiting” category. Trudeau fellows are active in a field of the humanities and social science that touches on one or more of the Foundation’s four themes.

Regular fellowship
Candidates to the regular Trudeau fellowship are researchers who have set themselves apart through their capacity to propose creative solutions to important issues and their ability to inform public debate beyond the academic sphere.

Visiting fellowship
The Foundation can award one fellowship per year to a visiting fellow. The regular Trudeau fellowship’s criteria of excellence and engagement also apply to the visiting fellowship. However, the visiting fellow’s affiliation to the host institution is different: the selected candidate is invited to take part in the host university’s activities for a residency period of approximately one year in the course of the three-year fellowship tenure.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowships provide:

  • 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 exchanges with other researchers and policy makers;
  • The opportunity to contribute to public dialogue and share innovative ideas at events organized by or in conjunction with the Foundation;
  • A $150,000 allowance over three years for research, travel and networking;
  • A $50,000 award;
  • A $25,000 allowance to cover the cost of participation in Foundation events.

Other highlights:

  • In 2015, a total of 49 candidates were nominated by 250 institutions and community members.
  • Five fellows were selected by an independent panel.
  • The Foundation has awarded a total of 58 fellowships to date.
  • Trudeau fellows are appointed for life.


  • Researchers active in a field of the humanities and social sciences related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes; and
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or citizens of foreign countries legally allowed to reside in Canada for the funding period.

Fields of research

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

Nomination process

  • Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian university or a Trudeau fellow, mentor or scholar.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship 2017 

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