Trudeau Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues.

Each year, the Trudeau Foundation names up to fifteen Trudeau scholars who are pursuing pressing social and public policy issues in the humanities and social sciences that affect the future of Canadian society.

Value: Up to $40,000 per year for a maximum of three years​ and up to $20,000 per year for a maximum of three years as a research and travel allowance

Competition Dates:

Applications Open: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Scholarship Submission Deadline: January 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Semi-Finalist Invitation: February 10, 2021

Finalist Invitation: March 1, 2021

Results Announcements: May 2021


  1.  You must be already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities of social sciences (broadly defined, visit FAQs on the Trudeau Foundation website).
  2. 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.
  3. Be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at at Canadian institution. 

How to apply:

Apply directly to the Foundation using their online portal. For more information on how to apply visit:

Note: As of Fall 2020, universities are no longer required to conduct an internal review process or nominate a limited number of their preferred candidates. All candidates who submit completed applications to the Foundation by the deadline with be reviewed and assessed by the Foundation directly.