Published by After School Africa, the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships 2023–2024 are for Canadian researchers.


For those interested in studying social sciences and humanities at Canadian universities in 2023–2024, the Trudeau Foundation is offering doctoral scholarships to Canadian citizens and foreign nationals. 

Deadline for Applications: December 2, 2022

To be completed in Canadian Universities

Studies connected to the social sciences and humanities are acceptable; ideally, choose one of the following:

Integrity and Human Rights

Citizenship that is responsible

People and their Natural Environment in Canada and the World

About the Doctoral Scholarships from the Trudeau Foundation: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program will aid in developing researchers into active leaders who are aware of the significance of their work, rooted in the realities of the communities where they operate, and receptive to unconventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is looking for people who are bold, inventive, and future-focused. 

The program will provide Scholars with considerable assistance for their PhD work over the course of three years in the form of a stipend and a research and travel allowance.

Selection Standards

Academic quality, leadership talents, research that is thematically relevant to the Foundation's concerns, public participation, and a desire to share knowledge and contribute to public discourse;

talents in communication;

want to be a part of a dynamic network that includes leaders from many industries 

Candidates representing all types of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, area, and discipline, are welcome at the Foundation. Inuit, Métis, and First Nations candidates are encouraged.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship, you must: 

1) You must already be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program, be in your first or second year of study there, and be on track to graduate in 2026 or later.

2) Your subject of study broadly relates to humanities or human sciences that have direct bearing on Canada's future; (please refer to the FAQ for more details and read up on past scholarship recipients)

3) At least one of the Foundation's four themes—people and their natural environment, responsible citizenship, human rights and dignity, and Canada and the world—must be related to your PhD study.

4) Be a Canadian citizen participating in a PhD program at a Canadian or international university, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident of Canada or foreign national). 

In a Canadian institution.

Candidates who match the eligibility requirements and are dedicated to a three-year leadership program can submit an application directly to the Foundation through the application portal.

Universities are crucial in promoting applicants, endorsing applicants (academic referees), and subsequently verifying the status of their students and other information.

All applications are reviewed by the Foundation, and those who make the short list are invited to group interviews. The Application and Nomination Review Committee (ANRC), which conducts interviews with the finalists, then makes recommendations about the winners to the Board of Directors for final approval.

Awards given: up to 20 Scholars 

in a facility located in Canada.

Through the application portal, candidates who meet the eligibility standards and are committed to a three-year leadership program can submit an application directly to the Foundation.

Universities play an important role in supporting candidates, endorsing applicants (academic referees), and later checking the status of their students and other information.

The Foundation evaluates each application, and individuals whose names appear on the short list are contacted for group interviews. Following interviews with the finalists, the Application and Nomination Review Committee (ANRC) recommends the winners to the Board of Directors for final approval.

Up to 20 Scholars may receive awards. 

During the first year of your term, go to two Institutes of Engaged Leadership and a community retreat;

Plan a conference event with others and attend it during the second year of your term;

During the third year of your term, collaborate with other Scholars, Mentors, and Fellows on a novel knowledge-sharing and dissemination project;

Become fluent in both French and English with assistance from the Foundation;

actively interact and work together with the community of Fellows, Mentors, and Scholars at the Foundation; and

provide one year progress report on your research.

Time: three years

How to Apply for Doctoral Scholarships from the Trudeau Foundation: 

Are you prepared to start a journey toward leadership development based in brave spaces? Read up on the Foundation's initiatives and Brave Spaces before starting.

Are you open to receiving advice from mentors, fellows, and peers? The Foundation's leadership curriculum, Brave Spaces: The Path to Engaged Leadership, is built around six key leadership concepts: audacity and resilience, communication and sharing of knowledge, creativity and innovation, diversity, collaboration, and duty of service. By fostering these essential skills and values, the leadership program aims to help Scholars develop their leadership in three different ways: as leaders of themselves, leaders of others, and leaders of systems. Fellows and Mentors serve as mentors, trainers, and advisors for this leadership development program. 

Do you want to know more about the world's economies? This scientific cycle will be centered on Global Economies during the three-year leadership program beginning in 2023. This topic contains cross-disciplinary components and highlights a pressing and important range of challenges for the future of both Canada and the entire planet.

Are you dedicated to developing your skills in the official Canadian language you are less fluent in and interested in learning Indigenous Languages? The Foundation acknowledges that the ability to speak various languages is a quality that distinguishes leaders and public intellectuals and is a benefit both professionally and personally. The Foundation supports its Scholars in accordance with its Policy on Language: BilingualismPlus. In both French and English, as well as in Canada's indigenous languages. Visit this page to learn more about the Foundation's BilingualismPlus policy.

Do you support free speech, civil discourse, and open debate in academia? The Foundation cultivates a community of fearless, cutting-edge researchers and community leaders who have strong opinions and stand out in their respective fields. These individuals explore, pose challenging questions, find new horizons, and forge new paths. The Foundation has made it clear that it supports free knowledge sharing and transmission by including this in its Code of Community Engagement. The Code provides guidance for effective interaction with a variety of viewpoints and supports academic and intellectual establishing a framework for a constructive and healthy environment for such interactions, while promoting freedom and open speech.

On November 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST for the French session and at 12:30 p.m. EST for the English session, candidates are invited to join the Foundation for virtual information sessions. You can participate in these informational meetings via phone, video, or Zoom if you'd like. Please email us to let us know if you need ASL or LSQ sign interpreting. 

Create a new account: Register on the Foundation's application portal before the competition begins. You will need to start a new application if you currently have an account from a scholarship competition held before 2021.

Application completion You can construct an application for the 2022 Scholarship Competition once your registration is complete. In order to complete your application, you must submit:

Your own demographic information For statistical purposes, the Foundation collects demographic data in order to uphold its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Only the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation will use this information.

Essay Prompts: Provide responses to four essay questions in between 200 and 400 words. Provide details about your doctoral project in answers of 200–400 words. Doctoral Projects and Themes

Referees: Two referees' names and email addresses should be included in the spaces given. An academic referee who can comment on your performance in university coursework must be one of them, if not both. For further information, see "Get recommendations" below.

Language Proficiency, Post-Secondary Education, Accomplishments, and Experience Give details on your language abilities, post-secondary education, and accomplishments, including any awards, publications, conferences, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work, as well as your relevant employment history.

Upload Accounts: Upload transcripts for all of your post-secondary coursework, with the exception of any information pertaining to any CEGEP you may have attended in Quebec.

Examine and comprehend the Foundation's rules: All candidates must certify that they have read and comprehended the Foundation's major policies. All Scholars are expected to read, comprehend, and abide by the following policies over the course of the three-year program: Code of Community Engagement and Policy on the Prevention of Harassment and Violence.

Obtain suggestions: Once you've filled out the space on the application form where it asks for your referees' names and email addresses, an If you provide the referees' email addresses in the appropriate field on the application form, an email will be sent to them automatically inviting them to complete a referral form that can be found on the Foundation's application portal. The preset referral form must be filled out by referees, including narrative responses and numerical ratings. On our application platform, we no longer request that referees upload their reference letters in PDF format. You should check in with your referees to make sure they submit the completed form by December 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Process for choosing PETF: All qualified   

    Candidates will go through a rigorous selection process if they submit a complete application by December 2, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Group interviews with the shortlisted candidates (Round One) will be scheduled for February 2023. Then, in March 2023, finalists (Round Two) will be invited to meet with ANRC members for individual interviews.

Before applying, it is crucial to review all of the requirements on the Award Webpage (see the Link below).


Visit the Award Page for More I

Published by After School Africa, the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships 2023–2024 are for Canadian researchers.


The article was edited most recently on November 8, 2022, at 5:29 PM.

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