Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship


Applicant deadline - 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 24 October 2016

Annual Value

$40,000 stipend plus $20,000 travel allowance


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World and People and their Natural Environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures.



  • Candidates must be applying into the first year of a PhD at UBC, or be registered in the first or second year of a PhD at UBC
  • Although priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, up to one scholar in four per given year may be a foreign national registered full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations.

Evaluation Criteria

Candidates must demonstrate the following qualities in their applications:

Please note: Applicants must be truly exceptional. Not only must they be outstanding scholars (as evidenced by superior grades, awards, and publications), but they must also be engaged, contributing members of society as demonstrated by involvement in social, environmental, cultural, or political endeavours. Plainly put, Trudeau Scholars are expected to become leading national and international figures in their fields and in Canada. The level of competition is such that universities generally have only one successful candidate in each competition; many universities do not have any successful candidates at all. The award is targeted to a very few outstanding students, and the past years’ competitions indicate that a record of good scholarship alone is unlikely to result in an award.

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted via the Trudeau Foundation application portal:

  1. Create an account online at:
    • For University Name, enter "The University of British Columbia"
    • For Faculty or Department, enter the chosen UBC graduate program
  2. Registrants will receive a username and password in 2-3 business days (check the spam folder)
  3. Once access is granted, complete the application form, request three letters of recommendation, and upload transcripts
  4. Detailed application procedures are available on the Trudeau Foundation website:

UBC applicant deadline: 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 24 October 2016

Nomination Procedures

There is no graduate program review (or departmental nomination process) for the fall 2016 competition. Applicants are asked to complete and submit their application online using the Trudeau Foundation application portal: The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will retrieve the applications from the portal for university-level adjudication.

Adjudication Procedures

Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of UBC faculty members. UBC may nominate a maximum of eight applications to the Trudeau Foundation. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will provide a nomination letter from UBC, to complete each application package before submission to the Trudeau Foundation on 9 December 2016.

In early February 2017, semi-finalists will be notified. Finalists will be invited for interviews in early March 2017 and interviews will take place in mid-March in Montreal. UBC will cover the travel expenses of our nominees who are selected for interviews. Selected candidates will be notified in late April 2017.

Profiles of Award Holders

Meaghan Thumath

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Exploring effective strategies to mitigate structural inequities and improve access to primary health care for Indigenous women in Canada and internationally

Further Information

For further information about the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships (including scholar profiles), please visit the Trudeau Foundation website.

For further information about the UBC review process, please contact