Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation - Doctoral Scholarship

Award type: 
Award description: 

Up to 20 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research in the field of social sciences and humanities that deal with compelling present-day concerns, and touch upon one or more of the four themes of the Foundation which are:

  • Human Rights & Dignity;
  • Responsible Citizenship;
  • Canada and the World;
  • People and their Natural Environment
Value description: 

The annual value of the award is up to $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years ($40,000 per year to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses plus up to $20,000 per year as a research and travel allowance). Successful recipients who hold their scholarship at Waterloo will also receive the President's Graduate Scholarship!

Eligibility & selection criteria: 
  • Applicants must be:

    • Doctoral students already accepted into or currently enrolled 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 (above).
    • Planning to remain enrolled as a full-time doctoral student for at least three years from the time the scholarship commences; applicants who expect to complete their degree in less than three years are not eligible.
    • Canadian Citizens, permanent residents or international students (note: up to 25% of Scholars selected in a given year by the foundation may be non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals)).
  • Candidates for this scholarship will be assessed based on the following criteria:

    • Academic excellence; 

    • Thematic relevance of doctoral research to the Foundation’s central themes

    • Community engagement; 

    • Leadership experience and abilities; 

    • Originality and audacity 

    • Communication skills and desire to contribute to public dialogue and knowledge dissemination; 

    • Interest for the scientific theme of the 2020-2023 cycle: Technology and ethics. You do not have to have expertise on this topic, but you must be willing to engage with this theme as part of the leadership training program. For more details on this, please see the Leadership development section of the Trudeau website. 

Open to any program
Canadian/Permanent resident, International/study permit student
Selection process: 
Application required
Additional instructions: 

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) will send an email to departments each fall term announcing that the competition has launched.

Applicants may request UW and non-UW transcripts by contacting the Co-ordinator, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) by Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by 9:00 AM EST.  

Interested candidates who wish to be considered for endorsement through Waterloo must submit all of the components of a complete application package to the Trudeau Application Portal by the GSPA institutional set deadline each year. For 2020, the internal application deadline is Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by 9:00 AM EST.  

University Adjudication

After the deadline, GSPA will review applications and check for eligibility. Depending on the number of applications received, the Advisory Committee on Graduate Scholarships & Awards or the Assistant Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs will select applications for institutional endorsement. Endorsed candidates will be submitted to the Foundation by January 22, 2020. All applicants will be notified by the end of January regarding Waterloo’s endorsement decision. Endorsed candidates will be reviewed by the Foundation and finalists will be invited for an interview on February 24th, 25th or 26th, 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Trudeau Foundation's Frequently Asked Questions webpage. 

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