Nominations - General
The competition for a 2015 Trudeau fellowship is closed. Nominators were informed of the success of their candidate in April 2015. The 2015 Trudeau fellows will be announced publicly on 17 September 2015.
2016 COMPETITION (regular trudeau fellowship)
Trudeau fellows are public intellectuals who have demonstrated the capacity to propose creative solutions to important issues. They reach beyond disciplinary boundaries to come up with innovative ideas and they are deeply committed to engaging in public debate.
- August/September 2015
- The Foundation issues a call for nominations for a Trudeau fellowship to
Canadian and foreign institutions and individuals.
- 27 November 2015
- Deadline for the Foundation to receive the electronic nomination file on the
Foundation's portal (required)
- 30 November 2015
- Deadline for the Foundation to receive two hard copies of the
- nomination file (required)
- December 2015 to April 2016
- The Foundation evaluates the nominations, conducting background checks as
- necessary; it selects the fellows.
- Early May 2016
The Foundation advises nominators whether their candidate has been
- 8-13 May 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
- The 2016 Trudeau fellows attend the 2016 Trudeau Summer Institute.
The Foundation announces the 2016 Trudeau fellows publicly.
- Candidates may not self-nominate: their nomination must be submitted by an existing Trudeau fellow, the president of a Canadian university (or the president's designate, usually the awards office or the vice-president of research), or another entity whom the Foundation has invited to submit a nomination. Intellectuals interested in the Trudeau fellowship may approach one of these parties to discuss the possibilities of submitting a nomination.
- Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or must be legally allowed to reside in Canada for the period that they will benefit from the funding.
- Candidates must be active in the social sciences and humanities and must work in an area related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes.
- Candidates must commit to contributing at least 15 days to the Foundation’s intellectual leadership. These 15 days of engagement take place during the fellow’s first three years as a fellow. For more information, consult the Foundation's Engagement Policy for Trudeau Fellows.
- Productivity: Within their discipline or field of activity, Trudeau fellows have made a significant contribution to the development, enrichment, and dissemination of knowledge. Their output is varied and extensive and may include academic publications, public communications, the direction of research teams, student training, and literary or artistic creations in one or more of the Foundation’s themes.
- Leadership and innovation: Trudeau fellows have spearheaded significant advances in their fields of expertise, whether scientific or creative. Their work is innovative and they bring new perspectives or approaches to their field.
- Communication and engagement: Trudeau fellows are experienced and devoted communicators who are adept at capturing the attention of their peers, the public, and the media. They are committed to stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue to fuel their thinking and the work of others, and their communication skills enrich public debate. They play a front-line role in learned societies and professional associations; they are often asked to comment on current affairs and to represent their country at international forums.
- Trudeau project. Trudeau fellows produce a Trudeau project during their first three years with the Foundation. The project is an initiative that is grounded in one or more the Foundation’s four themes and that engages the Trudeau community of mentors, fellows, and scholars. Examples of projects are an international workshop in the fellow’s area of work; the edition of a collection of papers authored in part by members of the Trudeau community; and a Bellagio-type working group that tackles a particular policy problem. This list is not exhaustive: fellowship candidates may propose any form of project that would draw on the richness of the Trudeau community to address what they see as a compelling lack in the knowledge. The successful projectfills an important gap in the knowledge about an issue of public import. It is innovative and would not necessarily be readily funded by standard funding organizations. See here for a pdf version of the anonymized Trudeau project proposals of the four 2015 Trudeau fellows.
Trudeau fellows are selected through a rigorous process comprised of the following stages:
- Evaluation of all nominations files by an internal committee
- Selection of finalists by an external committee
- Approval of the finalists by the Application and Nomination Review Committee
- Final approval by the Foundation's Board of Directors
- A two-page backgrounder on the candidate (see template)
- A detailed letter from the nominator, outlining the candidate’s academic achievements and his or her record of public engagement (no page limit)
- A detailed project proposal from the candidate, outlining his or her proposal for a Trudeau project. The proposal is not required to include a budget, but if the candidate feels that a budget would help illustrate the proposal, a summary budget may be included. The proposal, including the budget if desired, should be between 5 and 10 pages; references are not required. nd would not necessarily be readily funded by standard funding organizations. For examples, see here for a pdf version of the anonymized Trudeau project proposals of the four 2015 Trudeau fellows.
- The candidate’s current résumé (no page limit)
- Up to three publications, articles, or book chapters written by the candidate (books are not accepted; the Foundation does not return any documents.)
- Optional: One or two testimonies or articles about the candidate containing substantially different elements than those contained in the letter of recommendation
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Only nominators invited by the Foundation may propose candidates for a Trudeau fellowship. Nominations must be submitted via the Foundation's submission portal, a link to which nominators will receive in July 2015.
The nomination file must be received electronically no later than 27 November 2015. In addition, two hard copies of the file must be received by the Foundation no later than 30 November 2015. The copies may be sent here:
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Trudeau Fellowship Nominations
600 - 1980 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3H 1E8 Canada
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