Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation - Doctoral Scholarship

Award type: 
Award description: 

Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships, valued at up to $60,000 per year for a maximum of three years, 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 is up to $60,000 per Scholar (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) for up to three years.

Successful recipients who hold their scholarship at Waterloo will also receive the President's Graduate Scholarship!

Eligibility & selection criteria: 
  • 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
  • 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 full eligibility criteria, please refer to the main Trudeau web site, as well as the helpful links along the left hand side. The Frequently Asked Questions section may also be helpful.

Candidates for this scholarship will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Leadership experience and abilities;
  • Thematic relevance of research to the Foundation’s themes;
  • Public engagement;
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge;
  • Communication skills;
  • Desire to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors; and
  • All forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. We welcome First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates.
Open to any program
Canadian/Permanent resident
Selection process: 
Application required
Extended application deadline: 
Friday, January 18, 2019
Additional instructions: 

Each fall, a call for nominations will be sent by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) to all departments via email. 

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 2018-2019, Waterloo's institutional deadline is January 18, 2019. 

University Adjudication

After the deadline, GSPA will download all complete applications from the Portal and will check them for eligibility. Depending on the number of applications received, the Advisory Committee on Graduate Scholarships & Awards or the Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs may review and rank the applications. Based on this review/ranking, GSPA will update the portal with one of the following three status options:

  • Yes - The file will be automatically transmitted to the Foundation
  • No - Rejection of an application
  • Return - The application is returned to a candidate because of missing information

For those applicants which are being endorsed by the university, GSPA will request the Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs to endorse the application.

Contact detail: 

Please contact the Co-ordinator, Graduate Financial Aid and Awards in GSPA for further information regarding this award.