Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship


Applicant deadline - 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 23 October 2017

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

Application instructions are available on the Trudeau Foundation website:

1. When the competition opens in early September, fill out your registration request form:

  • For University Name, enter "The University of British Columbia"
  • For Faculty or Department, enter the chosen UBC graduate program

2. You will receive a username and password within 48 business hours via email (check your spam folder).

3. Complete your online application on the Trudeau application portal:

UBC applicant deadline: 11:59pm (Vancouver time) on Monday, 23 October 2017

Nomination Procedures

There is no graduate program review (or departmental nomination process) for the 2018 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 Friday, 8 December 2017.

In early February 2018, semi-finalists will be notified. Finalists will be invited for interviews in early March 2018 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 2018.

Profiles of Award Holders

Brett Schrewe, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar

Brett Schrewe

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Turning Canadian Medical Education Inside Out: Medical Citizenship In The Service Of Health Equity

Grace Nosek

Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD)
Harnessing the Power of Law to Protect Climate Change Science from Manufactured Doubt
UBC PhD student Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Exploring the health and social impacts of cannabis use during an ongoing opioid crisis among people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver, Canada

Mohammad Karamouzian

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Early injecting careers: Implications for health, HIV risk behaviours, and clinical care

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