Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries (Study in Canada)

Doctoral Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Humanities, Social sciences
Course Level: Graduate research (doctoral, postdoc)
Provider: Trudeau Foundation
Country to Study in: Canada

Scholarship Description
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships are offered annually to the most talented doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences to encourage emerging talents in Canada and Developing Countries. The Trudeau Scholarship is the most prestigious of its type in Canada.

A number of Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concern, touching upon one or more of the four themes of the Foundation. Since the beginning of the program in 2003, the Foundation has awarded 202 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships.

Trudeau scholars are outstanding students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world.

Eligibility Criteria
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.

To be eligible, the following must apply:
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university

    OR; Be a Canadian citizen applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university

    OR; Be a foreign national [with a preference for candidates from the developing world] applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university
  • Present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the Foundation
  • Be nominated by a university
Trudeau Scholars are selected through a rigorous process comprised of the following stages:
  1. Evaluation of all application files by an internal committee and an external File Review Committee
  2. Interviews
  3. Approval of the finalists by the Application and Nomination Review Committee
  4. Final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors
Selection Criteria:
  • Have a track record of academic achievements on par with the highest standards of the world’s most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs
  • Possess exceptional skills that will enable the Scholar to engage in lively exchange with other researchers
  • Intend to work in an area related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue
Eligible groups
Citizens of Canada or other countries (ESPECIALLY Developing Countries)

Participating Institutions
Accredited foreign or Canadian universities

Fields of study
Doctoral level programs in the humanities and social sciences, and specifically one or more of the following theme areas:
  • Human Rights and Dignity
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada in the World
  • People and their Natural Environment
The Foundation does not offer funding for undergraduate and master’s programs. To date, scholarships have been offered in the fields of anthropology, communications, criminology, law, economy, history, literature, philosophy, religion, environmental sciences, political sciences, social sciences, sociology, and the arts.

Number of awards
Up to 15 new Scholars are announced each year

Sponsorship duration
Tenable for a maximum of three years. During their third year, Trudeau Scholars may apply for a thesis writing scholarship or a postdoctoral scholarship, for a fourth year of financing

Scholarship benefits
Its annual value is up to $60,000 per Scholar. 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 opportunity to benefit from a special relationship with an experienced Trudeau Mentor, the development of leadership potential. Finally, it welcomes the Scholars into the Trudeau Community, which is comprised of talented people in every sector of the humanities and social sciences who share the same diligence, audacity, and intellectual ambition, and the will to apply and share their knowledge for the benefit of all.

Method of Application
To 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. 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.

Candidates CANNOT send their own application directly to the Foundation. 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.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship award

The 2018 doctoral scholarship competition opens on 1 September 2017. The deadline for the 2018 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Competition is December 8, 2017. Each university will have its own deadlines with Fall period 2017 to select the students whose files will be forwarded to the Foundation before the final deadline.

The prestige of the Trudeau Scholarship 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 Trudeau Community.

Application Deadline: 8 December 2017
Open to International students: Yes

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