Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

Level / Field(s) of Study
PhD (Doctoral)
Canadian Universities
Study in
Target Group
Social Sciences, Humanity
Scholarship Value

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship program has opened again this year, offering up to $60,000 (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) to international students who want to pursue PhD degrees at Canadian Universities from September 1st, 2023 until the end of May 2024. Each scholarship comes with free tuition, free accommodation, and a free meal plan at the University chosen by the candidate.

It enables Scholars to gain first-hand contact with diverse communities that can enrich their studies through interdisciplinary research and original fieldwork. Scholars receive a substantial yearly allowance for research and travel. 

Furthermore, the Trudeau Scholarship recipients will be paired with Trudeau Mentors chosen by the Foundation as some of the best-known Canadians in any sector of public life. 

The scholarship will also provide opportunities to interact with excellent scholars in any field in the humanities and social sciences and to participate in the various academic conferences put on by the foundation, through a variety of available resources.

The academic achievement of candidates must meet the highest standards of the most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs in the world. 

In the future, researchers will need to be able to debate with other researchers and experts and be open to adding their insight to current debates.

Scholarship Offered

As a recipient of a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, you will receive the following benefits:

  Each recipient will have up to $60,000 worth of education and scholarships (up to $20,000 per year) for up to three years.

Requirements for Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship:

Required Language: English.

Eligible Countries: All world countries

  Your degree program must be a full-time doctoral degree program in the humanities or social sciences (broadly defined) and expected to complete in 2026 or later.

Your dissertation needs to pertain to at least one of the Foundation’s four central themes:

  The rights and dignity of the individual, citizenship, Canada and the world, and the environment of the people.

  It does not matter whether they are studying at a Canadian or an international institution if they are a Canadian citizen

  Non-Canadians enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution (permanent residents or foreign nationals) are eligible to apply

How to Apply for Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships?

To apply for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships please follow these application instructions.

  Register: In the event, the competition opens, set up an account on the Foundation’s application portal. You will receive an email with your username and password (check your spam folder if you don’t receive it). Alternatively, you can request a new password if you already have an account from a previous scholarship competition.

  Fill out the application form: Once you log in, complete the application form in the Ébauche / Draft section of the portal, and fill in your contact information in the Coordonnées / Contacts section of the portal.

  Get recommendation letters: When you complete the application, you will enter the names and emails of your two referees. An email will be sent automatically to the referees, asking them to upload their reference letters in PDF format directly to our site. In order to ensure timely submission, please follow up with your references.

  Upload academic transcripts: Submit transcripts covering your university and/or college studies in one PDF file. Applicants from Quebec need only submit transcripts from CEGEP.

  Contact your university: If you haven’t yet done so, please send an email to the awarding officer responsible for the PETF scholarship competition at your university to let them know you’ve applied for the scholarship. It will help make sure your application is considered for the selection process.

  University nominations: All interested parties are asked to apply directly to the Foundation via its online application portal. It is up to each university to submit a single candidate. By December 02, 2022, at 5 p.m. EST, all candidates who submit an application will be assessed.


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