Nominations - Visiting


The competition for a 2015 Trudeau fellowship is now closed. Nominators will be informed of the success of their candidate in May 2015. The 2015 Trudeau fellows will be announced publicly on 17 September 2015.


Every year, an independent jury of eminent researchers and intellectuals selects up to five candidates for Trudeau fellowships. These candidates hail from all disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts, and are active in one or more the Foundation’s four themes of research. Fellows are chosen in light of their leadership qualities, their productivity, their reputation, and above all their track record at imagining and promoting new solutions to major contemporary issues.

Since 2009, the Foundation has had the option of awarding one fellowship per year to a visiting fellow. The visiting fellowship gives Canadian universities the opportunity to host a Canadian or foreign academic, artist, or writer for one year or more. In the early years of the program, the Foundation alternated awarding the visiting fellowship to a Canadian and a foreign candidate. As of the 2014, the Trudeau Foundation will consider applications for Canadian and foreign visiting fellows each year. No more than one visiting fellow will be appointed each year.


Fall 2015
       The Foundation issues a call for nominations for the visiting Trudeau fellowship
       to a network of Canadian and foreign institutions and individuals.

11 December 2015
       Deadline for the Foundation to receive the electronic nomination file

14 December 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

May 2016
       The Foundation advises nominators whether their candidate has been        

September 2016
       The Foundation announces the new fellows publicly.


  • Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian university whom the Foundation has invited to submit a nomination.
  • 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 be recognized for achievements, creativity and engagement in the field of research and creation.


  • A letter of nomination signed by the president or rector of the university that outlines the achievements that make the candidate worthy of receiving a Trudeau fellowship
  • A full up-to-date résumé
  • No more than three publications written by the candidate (the Foundation does not accept books and returns no materials)
  • Other material deemed relevant
  • An outline of the fellow's plans while in residence, and how university plans to incorporate the visiting fellow into its academic activities during the fellow’s tenure
  • A statement outlining how the fellowship will benefit the university and the candidate
  • A detailed budget including the expected use of the fellowship. The university will have access of up to $150,000 (the total value of the fellowship is $225,000). The budget should detail the university's plans for using and complementing this support. The envelope may be used for the following purposes:
    • salary support
    • travel and research support (the cost of the fellow's travel to and participation in Trudeau Foundation events will be paid from funds on account at the Foundation)
    • hospitality and lodging costs

The Foundation does not return any documents.


Only nominators invited by the Foundation may propose candidates for a Trudeau fellowship. The nomination file must be received electronically no later than 11 December 2015. In addition, the Foundation must received two hard copies of the file no later than 14 December 2015.The file may be sent here:

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Trudeau Fellowship Nominations
600-1980 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3H 1E8 Canada   


Trudeau fellows are selected through a rigorous process comprised of the following stages:

  1. Evaluation of all nominations files by an internal committee
  2. Selection of the finalist by an external committee
  3. Approval of the finalist by the Application and Nomination Review Committee
  4. Final approval by the Foundation's Board of Directors


  • Productivity: Within their discipline or field of activity, Trudeau fellows have made a significant contribution to the development, enrichment, and dissemination of knowledge or ideas. Their output is varied and extensive and may include 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, professional associations, or other groups; they are often asked to comment on current affairs and to represent their country at international forums.
  • Transformative effect on the host university: Visiting Trudeau fellows bring unique expertise to the host university. Thanks to a well-planned program for interacting with the campus community, the fellow’s presence gives students and faculty access to new ideas and experiences and helps bring new initiatives to fruition.


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