Fellowships F.A.Q.

What distinguishes the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship?

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards in Canada. Aside from its exceptional value of $225 000, the fellowship offers its recipient extensive liberty in the way the funds are allocated towards research. Foundation fellowships are typicaly granted to academics at mid-career.

Who can be nominated as a fellow?

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellows are academics, artists, or public intellectuals who have set themselves apart in the sciences and humanities through their research fndings, their creativity, and their social commitment in one or more of the Foundation’s four themes. Candidates for a fellowship must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or otherwise legally allowed to reside in Canada for the period that they would benefit from the funding.

Can I apply for a Foundation fellowship myself?

No. The Foundation does not accept applications from individuals.

Is there a limit on the number of nominations per university?

The Foundation imposes no limit on nominations by a given university.

Must Foundation fellows be university professors?

Not necessarily. The Foundation seeks out the finest thinkers in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, whether they are university professors or have chosen to express themselves through other work. The visiting fellowship’s objective is to bridge the gap between the university world and other important areas by including non-academic professionals.

Are Foundation fellows chosen on the basis of a specific research proposal?

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellows are chosen in recognition of their productivity, their innovative approach to issues of public policy, and their commitment to public engagement. They are also chosen on the basis of their proposal for a Trudeau project: an initiative that is in line with one or more the Foundation’s four themes and that engages the Trudeau community of mentors, fellows, For more information about the Trudeau project, refer to the Engagement and Residency Policy for Regular Trudeau Fellows.The engagement and residency policy applies to the 2014 cohort of regular Foundation fellows and to cohorts thereafter. It does not apply to visiting fellows.

What should the letter of nomination say?

The letter of nomination should refer to the following:

* The nominee's intellectual gifts, notably on creative thinking at the highest international standards of their nominee's discipline
* The nominee's ability to communicate with other gifted thinkers and the general public
* The ways in which the fellowship would enable the nominee to advance her or his work
* The nominee's commitment to work on issues related to one or more of the Foundation's four themes

In general, a letter of nomination is from three to five pages long. There is no template. The letter can be sent to the president of the Foundation at the following address:

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
1980 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 600
Montréal, Quebec Canada
H3H 1E8

How often and in what capacity does the fellow interact with the Foundation community?

The interaction between fellows and the Foundation community happens on several levels. In the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the fellow, the fellow's university, and the Foundation, the fellow commits to attending the Foundation's regular annual events, such as the annual conference (three days in November) and the Summer Institute (five days in May). At these events, the fellows can draft position papers, give lectures, and take part in panels. Fellows also have the opportunity to organize public interaction events in collaboration with Foundation scholars and mentors. Their project draws on the expertise of members of the community as well. For more information on the project and on fellows' engagement with the Foundation community, refer to the Engagement and Residency Policy for Regular Trudeau Fellows.

Who is the resource person for the Trudeau Fellowship Program?

The resource person for the Fellowship Program is Sarah Saublet.