Being a Fellow 

Each year, the Foundation selects up to five (5) Fellows who are: 

  • Top-level researchers and professors in the social sciences and humanities. Early-career researchers and professors are encouraged to put forward their candidacy as much as candidates with extensive experience 

  • Intellectuals rooted in their communities, with experience in community-based projects, and with an interest in experiential learning 

  • Gifted and original teachers 

  • Catalysts for change 

  • Bold, inspired thinkers

We actively encourage applications from: Canadians and foreign professors from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; from all gender identifications and sexual orientations; as well as from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

What are the opportunities 

Fellows will participate in the training of tomorrow’s leaders and will contribute to a wholesale transformation of our society. At the same time, they will continue their own evolution as socially engaged thinkers:  

  • They challenge their own perspectives through engagement with Scholars  

  • They are enriched through contact with Mentors, who are also sociopolitical entrepreneurs  

  • They leave their comfort zone and participate in an intensive experience, taking place from coast to coast to coast, and abroad  

  • They become part of a vibrant community  

  • They maximize the impact of their research  

 The Fellows’ commitments 

Fellows chosen by the Foundation commit themselves to the following over three years:  

  1. Participate in a strategic planning retreat with the Foundation community from 26-30 May 2019 in Orford, Quebec. 

  1. Conceive one intensive seminar (1 week) based on their area of expertise and relating to the theme of the current scientific cycle (“Power and Knowledge”) 

  • Half the seminar should relate to texts that influenced the Fellows and can shed light on their intellectual journeys (which thinkers inspired them?). The other half should be grounded in their own writings in relation to the scientific cycle and to engaged leadership. First and foremost, the seminar should instill in Scholars a desire for enlightened action.  

  • Fellows have the mission to create a curriculum for Scholars  

  • Run seminars through an intensive week of teaching, every morning for up to seven (7) days. 

  1. Work with Mentors, who will organize afternoon activities, and direct end-of-day discussions (debriefing workshops). 

  1. Participate actively in the planning and organization of the General Conference led by Scholars during their second year.  

  1. Work with the Scholars and Mentors on an initiative to disseminate the learnings from their Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation experience. This may take many forms: from a publication to a theatrical performance, from a fundraising gala to the organizing of a series of prizes. This initiative will help broaden public appreciation for the positive impacts of the program (to take place in the third year).  

The Fellows will receive financial compensation corresponding to the activities for which they have been selected (training, teaching, sharing and planning). In accordance with the services rendered, the Fellows will receive up to a maximum of $50,000 per year for three (3) years. 

The Fellows are required to attend at least one (1) Institute during their term of office (first year), in addition to the General Conference (second year) and the dissemination activity (third year). The Foundation provides a Travel Allowance of up to $15,000 per year for three (3) years, to enable them to participate in these events, to actively engage with the community and to benefit from learning opportunities. 

Each year, the Fellows are required to submit an activity report in a format outlined by the Foundation, in which they detail their contributions as they relate to their commitment.