2015 Applications

THE pierre elliott trudeau foundation
2015 doctoral scholarships
application guidelines 

 

KEY DATES

31 August                         Application Form posted online

Beginning of October     Opening of the competition

28 November 2014 – 5 p.m. (EST)   Deadline for receipt of printed applications at the Foundation offices; Postmark deadline for print applications

OR

12 December 2014 – 5 p.m. (EST)   Deadline for receipt of digital applications at the Foundation offices (if you choose this option, you do not need to submit print applications at this stage)

Mid-March 2015               Finalists invited for an interview

20-21 March                     Interviews at the Foundation’s offices in Montreal

Late April                         Notice to the selected candidates

May                                   Public announcement of the new Trudeau Scholars

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university

OR

  • Be a Canadian citizen applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a foreign university

OR

  • Be a foreign national [with a preference for candidates from the developing world] applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university
  • Present a research project linked to one of the four themes of the Foundation
  • Be nominated by a university

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Duly completed print or digital application form (Adobe Acrobat)
  • Letter of nomination signed by a high-ranking official of the institution
  • Three letters of reference: two from academic referees, principally concerning academic achievements, AND one from a non-academic referee, concerning the non-academic aspects of the application. The letters of reference must be signed and must clearly indicate the name and contact information of the referee
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary studies, including CEGEP transcript for candidates who attended CEGEP in Quebec 

*** UNIVERSITIES MAY SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IN PRINT OR DIGITAL FORMAT; DEADLINE DATES VARY ACCORDINGLY *** 

OPTION 1 - DIGITAL APPLICATIONS (DEADLINE: 12 DECEMBER 2014)

Digital applications must be presented in the following order: application form, letter of nomination from the university, two letters of reference from academic referees, one letter from a non-academic referee, and transcripts from CEGEP to doctoral (or master’s) level. One PDF file per candidate
Each application must be saved and named as follows: LASTNAMEfirstname (all in one word, no space, no special character, extension.pdf)
Each application must be digitalized in black and white, and do not exceed 300 dpi
The applications must be sent by email at competition@trudeaufoundation.ca
Original documents are not required at this stage. Please do not send a print application to the Foundation if the university has submitted your application electronically. If required, the Foundation will ask the short-listed candidates to submit their original application documents
Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered

OR

OPTION 2 - PRINT APPLICATIONS (DEADLINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2014)

The documents in a print application must be presented in the following order: application form, letter of nomination from the university, two letters of reference from academic referees, one letter from a non-academic referee, and transcripts from CEGEP to doctoral (or master’s) level
Original documents are required and must be printed one-side only and not stapled
The Trudeau Foundation will not consider incomplete applications or those received after December 12. We encourage you to use a courier service rather than regular mail, and keep the waybill 

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS:

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

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

Candidates should address their institutions for information about internal application procedures and deadlines. Please note that universities can nominate a candidate from their institution who is pursuing doctoral studies at another university. There are two ways to submit an application:

THROUGH A CANADIAN UNIVERSITY
  • Universities in Canada hold annual internal competitions in which up to eight candidates per institution, including affiliated schools, are selected as nominees. Letters of nomination must be signed by the president, principal or rector of the institution. Applications must be submitted to the Foundation directly by the nominating university. A complete digital or print application must be submitted for each candidate.

THROUGH A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY
  • Foreign universities can propose up to six candidates per institution, including affiliated schools and colleges. Letters of nomination must be signed by a high-ranking official of the institution. In requesting a nomination from a foreign university, candidates should provide the nominating authority with their completed application form and all supporting documents.  These must be submitted to the Foundation by the nominating authority of the foreign university. A complete digital or print application must be submitted for each candidate.

APPLICATION FORM

The Application Form can be found on the right-hand side of this page. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be used to view the application form, enter data and print.This software cannot be used to save successive work sessions or revisions, however. We recommend that Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or later be used by all applicants, as it offers a save function.  For Apple users, Adobe Acrobat is also recommended, since Preview will not save the form in a way that guarantees proper printing (some content could be lost).

SELECTION

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

  1. Evaluation of all application files by an internal committee and an external File Review Committee
  2. Interviews
  3. Approval of the finalists by the Application and Nomination Review Committee
  4. Final approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Have a track record of academic achievements at the level of the highest standards of the world’s most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs
  • Possess exceptional skills that will enable the scholar to engage in lively exchange with other researchers
  • Intend to work in an area related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes and have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue

PRIVACY STATEMENT

All information provided to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The Privacy Act allows candidates to access, upon request and with the referee’s agreement, personal information about themselves in letters of reference. The identity of the referee will remain confidential. For more information, please consult our Policies.

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