F.A.Q.

What criteria did the Foundation use to select these areas?

The Foundation selected areas of inquiry that cover complex emergent issues or issues characterized by divergent opinions. The areas also address medium-term and long-term challenges of enduring importance to Canadian and/or global well-being, that have reasonable scope and draw on Foundation expertise. 

  1. All three of these areas are of enduring importance to Canadian and/or global well-being, now or for the longer term.
     
  2. The areas are complex. The Foundation feels that it add most value to areas that are controversial or difficult and would thus benefit from multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral input.
     
  3. The areas cover emergent issues or issues characterized by divergent opinions: that is, either issues that are likely to gain in importance but have not yet garnered a great deal of attention, or issues that are or could readily become polarized.
     
  4. The areas comprise medium- to long-term challenges: that is, challenges that would benefit from sustained inquiry over a period of several years, and that are not on the immediate political agenda.
     
  5. The areas draw on the expertise of the Foundation community.
     
  6. The issues have appropriate scope. They represent a tent that is large enough to allow diverse fellows, scholars, mentors to contribute, and they are less broad than the Foundation’s four themes. Thus, they offer good scope for concentrated collaboration.
Do the three areas of inquiry replace the Foundation’s four themes?

The Foundation’s areas of inquiry do not replace its four themes. Rather, the areas of inquiry give the themes greater direction and force by applying them to more focused questions and situations. 

The Foundation continues to support events proposed by its scholars, fellows, and mentors on a variety of subjects, as long as these relate to its four themes

Trudeau scholarships, fellowships, and mentorships are limited to candidates working in the Foundation’s four themes. They are not limited to candidates working in the Foundation’s three areas of inquiry. 

For information on how to submit an area-of-inquiry proposal, see “How do I submit a proposal,” below. For information on how to request support for another event, contact the Foundation: 

Gina Beltrán (on leave), Leadership and Public Interaction Program Officer
gbeltran@trudeaufoundation.ca
514-938-0001, extension 222

Emily Jensen, Program Officer, Scholarships and Alumni Network ejensen@fondationtrudeau.ca  514-938-0001, extension 230

Sarah Saublet, Program Director, Fellowships and Mentorshipsssaublet@fondationtrudeau.ca 514-938-0001, extension 228

What form of area-of-inquiry initiative can I propose?

Trudeau scholars, fellows, and mentors can propose the form of initiative they consider most useful to the issue they wish to address. Some ideas: 

  • One-off public gatherings (roundtables, seminars, conferences)
  • Sessions at annual Foundation events (the Foundation’s Summer Institute, its Annual Conference)
  • Off-the-record exploratory meetings
  • Collaborations with Foundation partners (events at London’s Goodenough College, Big Thinking lectures)
  • Distinct research or engagement projects 

Read about targeted-area-of-inquiry projects supported so far.

What scale of project should I consider?

Subject to the availability of funds, the Foundation is interested in projects at a variety of scales: from a two-day, $5000 exploratory meeting between potential players from different sectors, to a $50,000-or-more proposal that includes working groups, a website, and professional services. 

Exceptional circumstances aside, the Foundation will only fund projects in partnership with others.

How are projects selected?

Area-of-inquiry proposals are considered by a review committee that is free of conflicts of interest. This committee is asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal in light of their expertise and the selection criteria. The final selection of proposals rests with the Foundation. 

At applicants’ request, the Foundation may share the committee’s comments about a project proposal with the project applicants. In this case, the committee’s comments are anonymized. Project applicants are not informed of the identity of the committee members who considered their proposal. 

If the project applicant requests it at the moment of applying for support, the Foundation will anonymize a proposal before sharing it with the committee.

What projects have been selected so far?
What are the Foundation’s selection criteria for targeted-area-of-inquiry projects?

Intergenerational, interdiscliplinary, cross-sectoral. The Foundation favours proposals that are intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral – work that draws on unlikely suspects and/or partners with the private sector, civil society organizations, policy practitioners, civil servants, and/or communities.  

Rooted in research. Successful area-of-inquiry proposals are anchored in rigorous research.  

Aiming for impact. The Foundation encourages projects that aim to transform thinking, open channels of dialogue, correct a deficiency. 

Foundation community-building; Canada's official languages. The Foundation considers the extent to which proposals draw on the wealth of the Foundation’s community of fellows, scholars, and mentors, and evaluates how proposals plan to communicate in Canada's two official languages.

The humanities. The humanities have always been a core part of the Foundation’s mandate, and the Foundation welcomes the submission of project proposals with a humanities-based approach. The Foundation urges non-humanities-based projects to draw on humanities experts. 

Partnerships. To be most effective, projects should involve partners – whether communities, organizations, enterprise, or governments. Project proposals should suggest potential partners and donors, and describe the state of any understandings with these entities at the time that the proposal is submitted. 

Knowledge dissemination. All projects should prepare a dissemination strategy that identifies the project’s intended audience and describes how the project will reach it. 

Project proponents are asked to use the submission template for area-of-inquiry projects to ensure that they address the selection criteria.

How do I submit a proposal?

Current and alumni Trudeau scholars, fellows, and mentors are asked to refer to the submission template for area-of-inquiry projects and submit their proposal here: 

Gina Beltrán (on leave), Leadership and Public Interaction Program Officer
gbeltran@trudeaufoundation.ca
514-938-0001, extension 222

Emily Jensen, Program Officer, Scholarships and Alumni Network ejensen@fondationtrudeau.ca  514-938-0001, extension 230

Sarah Saublet, Program Director, Fellowships and Mentorshipsssaublet@fondationtrudeau.ca 514-938-0001, extension 228

Other individuals and organizations wishing to discuss their involvement in a proposal are invited to contact the Foundation or the member(s) of its community with whom they would like to collaborate.

What is the submission deadline?

The Foundation issues calls for proposals at various points in the year, depending on the resources at its disposal. If you’d like to submit a proposal and have not received notification of a call for proposals, please contact us. If a call for proposals is active, we will share it with you. If a call for proposals is not active, we can orient you further.

How long can projects last?

Projects can take place over more than one fiscal year. The Foundation’s fiscal year runs from 1 September to 31 August.

Learn more

For more information about the Foundation’s areas of inquiry or to submit a proposal, please contact us: 

Gina Beltrán (on leave), Leadership and Public Interaction Program Officer
gbeltran@trudeaufoundation.ca
514-938-0001, extension 222

Emily Jensen, Program Officer, Scholarships and Alumni Network ejensen@fondationtrudeau.ca  514-938-0001, extension 230

Sarah Saublet, Program Director, Fellowships and Mentorshipsssaublet@fondationtrudeau.ca 514-938-0001, extension 228