Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Deadline

Likely January 2022

Annual Value

Up to $40,000 stipend plus up to $20,000 research and travel allowance per year for three years

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program will help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is seeking candidates who are audacious, original, and forward-thinking.

Up to 16 doctoral Scholars are selected each year and receive generous funding for their studies in addition to leadership training in the context of Brave Spaces.  This scholarship program supports doctoral students pursing research in one or more of the Foundation’s Four Themes:  Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment.

The Foundation will be offering information sessions for scholarship candidates:

  • Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 2:30 p.m. EST (11:30 am PST) – 1.5 hour session for Scholarship candidates – Register
  • Monday, 14 December 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST (8:00 am PST) – 1.5 hour session for Scholarship candidates – Register
 

Eligibility

  • Doctoral students already accepted* into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time program in the humanities or social sciences (broadly defined) whose doctoral work relates to one of the Foundation's four themes:
    • Human Rights and Dignity;
    • Responsible Citizenship;
    • Canada and the World; and
    • People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Non-Canadian citizens (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution are eligible

Note: The scholarship is a three-year program (with no possibilities of extension) and Scholars must be involved for the three years in the learning program of the Scholarship (ie. Summer 2021 to Summer 2024).

Interdisciplinary research: The Foundation recognizes that many doctoral students are working on research projects that are interdisciplinary and qualify as advanced research in the social sciences and humanities, regardless of their faculty or department affiliation. In general, to qualify as research in the social sciences and humanities, a candidate’s research should seek “to add to our understanding and knowledge of individuals, groups and societies—what we think, how we live, and how we interact with each other and the world around us” (SSHRC 2017).  That said, applicants are eligible if their research is related to one or more of the Foundation’s Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment. The Foundation will not assess the eligibility of individuals' research topics by email or over the phone. 

Scientific Cycle: The Trudeau Foundation's leadership development program builds on Scientific Cycles. The theme of the 2021-2024 Scientific Cycle will be Language, Culture and Identity. Please note that the scientific theme is not a substitute for the four themes; it provides the lens through which these four fundamental themes will continue to be explored. While applicants must relate their research to one of the four themes, they do not need to relate it to the scientific theme. Scholars are not selected based on their expertise with respect to the theme of the Scientific Cycle, but rather their interest and capacity to embark on this leadership journey within this context.

*Already accepted: Have acceptance to UBC as of January 5, 2021 (the Trudeau scholarship application deadline) and will start at UBC in 2021, or are currently enrolled at UBC.

Evaluation Criteria

The Trudeau Foundation’s evaluation criteria is outlined on this page: https://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/become-scholar.

Application Procedures

Application deadline: 5 January 2021 at 11:59 pm EST (8:59 pm PST).

Complete application procedures are available at: https://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/become-scholar.

New for 2021 competition: Interested applicants apply directly to the Trudeau Foundation to be considered in the national competition; all interested and eligible applicants may apply.  The University of British Columbia no longer nominates a subset of applicants to the national competition (there is no earlier department or university deadline).

Regarding transcripts:

  • Please note that the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies does not provide transcripts for any scholarship competitions. 
  • Your UBC graduate program may have some of your transcripts on file. 
  • However, it remains the applicants responsibility to ensure that they submit a complete transcript package to the Trudeau Foundation, even if some of the transcripts were obtained from their UBC graduate program.

Questions?  The Foundation has a detailed FAQ section.

Adjudication Procedures

New for 2021 competition: Interested applicants apply directly to the Trudeau Foundation to be considered in the national competition; all interested and eligible applicants may apply.  The University of British Columbia no longer nominates a subset of applicants to the national competition (there is no department-level or university-level adjudication).

Finalists will be invited by the Trudeau Foundation for group interviews to take place in late February 2021 (remote/virtual interviews), followed by solo interviews for finalists in late March. Selected candidates will be notified by the Foundation in May 2021.

Further Information

For further information about the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships, please visit the Foundation website.  The website also has a FAQ section.

If you have questions, contact natalie.thorson@ubc.ca, or contact the Trudeau Foundation directly at scholarships@trudeaufoundation.ca.