2016 Applications

2016 doctoral scholarships
Application guidelines 

KEY DATES

September 2, 2015 Link to the Foundation Portal to University Scholarship Officers*
Beginning of October 2015 Opening of the competition
December 11, 2015 – 5 p.m. (EST) Deadline for receipt of applications on the Foundation Portal
Beginning of February 2016 Semi-finalist candidates will be asked to provide a three-minute video to present themselves and explain why they have applied for a scholarship
Mid-March 2016 Finalists invited for an interview
March 18-19, 2016 Interviews at the Foundation’s
offices in Montreal
Late April 2016 Notice to the selected candidates
June 2016                                                     Public announcement of the new Scholars

* If you have not received the link to the Foundation Portal and would like to submit an application from a candidate of your university, please send an email to competition@trudeaufoundation.ca

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 Foundation’s four themes
  • Be nominated by a university 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Application form

All the required documents can be uploaded from the application form available on the Foundation portal.

  • 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 

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 on the Foundation portal directly by the nominating university. 

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. Applications must be submitted on the Foundation portal directly by the nominating university. 

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 Canada’s Access to Information Act and 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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