Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Awards

Category(s): Application to SGS Required

Department(s): Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Classics, Economics, Education, English, Forestry, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Kinesiology, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Administration: External

Field: Variable; see themes on website

Value: $60,000 (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) per year

Number: Up to 15

Duration: Up to four years


We Value People

Each year, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation rewards outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a social sciences and humanities program and who are doing research in areas related to our four themes. This award, the most prestigious of its type in Canada, has continuously attracted the very best scholars in the social sciences and humanities, individuals with a passion for public engagement and who are likely to become leading national and international figures.

We Build Connections

The award supports interdisciplinary research and original fieldwork by providing a substantial yearly allowance for research and travel, enabling the Scholars to gain first-hand contact with the diverse communities that can enrich their studies. Moreover, each Scholar is paired with a distinguished Trudeau Mentor selected by the Foundation among the most eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life. The Scholarship also offers the opportunity to interact with an exceptional community of leaders and committed individuals in every field of the social sciences and humanities, to participate in events organized by the Foundation and to hold their own workshops, through available financial support.

We Encourage Audacity

Candidates are evaluated based on their academic achievement, which must be on par with the highest standards of the worlds most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs. Future scholars must also demonstrate an ability to engage in lively exchange with other researchers and scholars, and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue.


  • Up to 15 new Scholars are announced each year in May
  • The annual value is up to $60,000 per Scholar (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) for up to four years
  • Total number of complete Scholarship application files received from 2003 to 2012: 1548
  • Total number of Scholarships awarded from 2003 to 2012: 143
  • Close to 250 nominations are carefully examined in the selection process every year
  • Total amount spent through the Scholarship program from 2003 to 2012: $15.6 million
  • Typically the largest program expense for the Foundation: 39%
  • Portion of overall Foundation expenses: 28% in 2010-2012

The deadline is variable and set through the School of Graduate Studies - usually in November. Please contact the Scholarship and Awards Assistant for the internal deadline -

Awarding Agency: Trudeau Foundation


Deadline: n/a

Recommendation needed from faculty?: No

Citizenship: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

International: No

Gender: n/a

Campus: n/a

Full/Part time: Full time

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