Empowering the Engaged Leaders of Tomorrow 

2019 marked the beginning of a renewed programming model for the Foundation. While our Fellowship no longer involves a research project as was the case until 2018, Fellows now play a critical role in the leadership development of our doctoral Scholars, empowering them to become the engaged leaders of tomorrow. They act as outstanding public educators, dynamic professors and intellectual guides to Scholars over a three-year program cycle.

Each three-year leadership program cycle is built around a scientific theme, which is chosen because of the critical importance of the questions it raises for the Canadian public. Our scientific theme for the 2020-2023 cycle will be Technology & Ethics, with a particular focus on ethical issues pertaining to biotechnologies and the incorporation of artificial intelligence in the area of health care.

Fellows are selected based primarily on their expertise on subjects related to the scientific theme. They train Scholars by teaching on these subjects in the context of our Institutes of Engaged Leadership, equipping Scholars with a greater understanding of the scope of issues and how leadership can help address them. Held twice during the first year of the program cycle, the Institutesgather Scholars, Fellows and Mentors for a week of intensive leadership training and experiential learning opportunities.

In the second and third year of the program, Fellows act as advisors to Scholars who must collectively organize a public conference (year 2) and develop a creative project (year 3) to share knowledge with the general public and stimulate public reflection and dialogue on issues related to the scientific theme.

2020 Fellows: Required profile

  • Professors with expertise on subjects relevant to the scientific theme, such as: bioethics, biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, health information technologies, reproductive technologies, genetics/genomics;
  • Record of excellence in teaching and academic mentoring
  • Interest and ability in leadership development;
  • Interest in experiential learning and innovative teaching methods
  • Leadership or impact beyond academia, as demonstrated, for instance, by a record of public and media engagement, collaboration with various stakeholders or an impact on public policies and institutions.
  • Availability to participate in at least one Institute of Engaged Leadership during the first year of the three-year term. In 2020-2021, the Institutes will take place in Montreal (Quebec) November 15 - 20, 2020 and in Helsinki (Finland) March 1 - 5, 2021. 

The Foundation is committed to ensuring diversity among its Fellows, including in terms of perspectives, gender, language, Indigenous Peoples, race/ethnicity, regional representation and people living with disabilities.

We recruit our Fellows in consultation with our selection committee, who performs the final assessment.


Fulbright Canada-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fondation Fellowship Program / Joint Chair in contemporary public policy

The Foundation is partnering with Fulbright Canada to offer an exciting new Fellowship opportunity for scholars based in the United States: the Fulbright Canada-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship Program / Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy.

Scholars taking up the Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy will have the opportunity to participate, beginning in September 2020, in a 4-month residential exchange at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) based at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

They will also have the opportunity to participate in the Foundation’s events, including the five-day Institutes of Engaged Leadership, which will take place in Montreal in November 2020 and Helsinki in March 2021. Other benefits of the Fellowship include a generous grant and a travel allowance, as well as eligibility to apply for Fulbright Canada alumni grants to take on community projects.

Learn more about this joint Fellowship opportunity and the application guidelines here. Applications must be submitted to Fulbright Canada by January 15, 2020.