Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship in Canada

Are you eligible?

Are you ready to embark on a leadership development journey rooted in Brave Spaces?

To apply to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

1) You must be already accepted into or in year one or two of a full-time doctoral program, and expected to complete your doctoral studies in 2026 or later.

2) Your field of study is broadly related to the humanities or human sciences of direct relevance to the future of Canada; (please refer to the FAQ for more details and read up on past scholarship recipients)

3) Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment.

4) Be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident of Canada or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.

Here’s what we’re looking for

Listen to Dr. Mona Nemer, Chair of the Application and Nomination Review Committee and
Nathalie DesRosiers, 2020 Mentor, talks about what the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
expects from its Scholars and the type of leaders it aspires to select.

How to apply

Are you ready to embark on a leadership development journey rooted in Brave Spaces? : Before beginning, make sure to read more about the Foundation’s programs and Brave Spaces.

  • Are you willing to learn from peers, Fellows, and Mentors? The Foundation’s leadership curriculum, Brave Spaces: The Path to Engaged Leadership, is anchored by six key leadership concepts: audacity & resilience communication & sharing knowledge, creativity & innovation, diversity, collaboration and duty of service, and by fostering these key competencies and values, the leadership program seeks to develop three dimensions of Scholars’ leadership: leadership of self, leadership among others and leadership of systems. Fellows and Mentors support this leadership training as trainers, advisers, and mentors.
  • Are you interested to learn more about the Charter of Rights & Freedom? For the three-year leadership program starting in 2024, this scientific cycle will be focused on the 40 years of the Charter.
  • Are you committed to improving your abilities in the Canadian official language with which you are less familiar and interested in becoming familiar with Indigenous Languages? The Foundation recognizes that knowledge of multiple languages is a hallmark of leaders and public intellectuals, and is a strength and advantage, both professionally and personally. The Foundation’s Policy on Language: BilingualismPlus outlines the Foundation’s support of its Scholars in Canada’s Official Languages – French and English – and in Canada’s Indigenous Languages. Read more about the Foundation’s BilingualismPlus policy here.
  • Do you believe in academic freedom, respectful dialogue, and open debate? The Foundation fosters a community of bold, cutting-edge researchers and community leaders who hold strong views and stand out in their respective fields, who explore, ask difficult questions, and discover new horizons as they blaze new trails. The Foundation openly encourages the free transmission and dissemination of knowledge and has enshrined this in a Code of Community Engagement. The Code informs successful engagement with a plurality of perspectives and encourages academic and intellectual freedom and open speech while providing a framework for a positive and healthy environment for such exchanges.
  • Candidates are invited to join the Foundation for virtual information sessions on November 6, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. EST for the French session and at 12:30 p.m. EST for the English session. These information sessions will take place via Zoom, and you may attend by video or by phone if you prefer. Kindly let us know if you require ASL or LSQ sign interpretation by emailing [email protected]. We will be happy to provide this service. Kindly note the following connection details:

Wednesday, November 6, 2023 – 1.5 hour French session for Scholar candidates at 10:00 a.m. EST:

Wednesday, November 6, 2023 – 1.5 hour English session for Scholar candidates at 12:30 p.m. EST:

Register for an account: When the competition opens, register for an account on the Foundation’s application portal. If you already have an account from a scholarship competition prior to 2022, you will need to create a new application.

Fill out the application: Once your registration is complete, you will be able to create an application for the 2024 Scholarship Competition. In order to complete your application, you will need to provide:

Demographic information: The Foundation gathers demographic information for statistical purposes, in order to fulfill its commitment to diversity and inclusion. This information will only be used by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Essay Questions: Provide answers (200 to 400 words) to four essay questions.

Doctoral Projects and Themes: Provide information on your doctoral project, with answers ranging from 200 to 400 words in length.

Referees: Enter the name and email address of two referees in the boxes provided. At least one of them must be an academic referee who is able to comment on your university’s academic performance. Refer to “Get recommendations” below for more details.

Language Skills, Post-secondary Education, Achievements, and Experience: Provide information on your language skills, your post-secondary education, your achievements – including scholarships, fellowships, awards, publications, conferences, extracurricular and volunteer activities – as well as your relevant work experience.

Upload Transcripts: Upload transcripts for all your post-secondary education, except information related to CEGEP in Quebec, should you have attended CEGEP in Quebec.

Read and understand the Foundation’s policies: All candidates are asked to acknowledge that they have read and understood key policies of the Foundation. Throughout the three-year program, all Scholars are asked to read, understand, and comply with these policies: Policy on the Prevention of Harassment and Violence and Code of Community Engagement.

Get recommendations: Once you have entered the name and email address of your referees in the space provided in the application form, an email will automatically be sent to the referees, asking them to complete a predetermined referral form directly on the Foundation’s application portal. Referees must complete the predetermined referral form, which includes both narrative answers and numerical evaluations. We are no longer asking referees to upload their reference letters in PDF format on our application portal. We advise that you follow up with your referees to ensure they submit the completed form on time, by December 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

PETF selection process: All eligible candidates who submit a completed application by December 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST will go through a rigorous selection process. Shortlisted candidates (Round One) will be contacted in February 2024 and invited to virtual group interviews. Finalists (Round Two) will then be invited to meet for individual interviews with members of the selection committee in person in March 2024.

Selection Process

2023 competition key dates

October 3, 2023, 9:00 a.m. EDT
2024 application period opens

December 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST
Deadline to apply directly to the Foundation.

February 5, 2024
Invitation to semi-finalists for Round One group interviews

February 20 to 23, 2024
Round One: Virtual group interviews and information sessions with semi-finalists

March 11, 2024
Invitation to finalists for Round Two individual interviews

March 27 to 29, 2024
Round Two: Final interviews with members of the Selection Committee

End of May 2024
Official Announcement of 2024 Scholars


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