Become a scholar

 Eligibility criteria

  • You must be already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences
  • Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens are eligible whether they are at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution are eligible

What do we look for in applicants?

  • Academic excellence;
  • Leadership experience and abilities;
  • Thematic relevance of research to the Foundation’s themes;
  • Public engagement;
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge;
  • Communication skills;
  • Desire to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors

The Foundation welcomes candidates embodying all forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. We encourage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates.

The selection process in brief

  1. Apply through your university’s internal selection process using the Foundation’s application portal.
  2. If your university chooses to nominate you for the national competition, your application will be forwarded to the PETF and will undergo a rigorous review process.
  3. Finalists will be invited to interviews with the selection committee.
  4. Up to 20 Scholars will be selected in 2020.

Step-by-step guide to applying

  1. Learn about your university’s internal selection process deadlines: Each university has a different internal deadline, so make sure that you apply on time.
  2. Register: When the competition opens, register for an account on the Foundation’s application portal. You will receive a username and password by email within 4 business days of registering (please check your spam folder if you do not see it). If you already have an account from a previous scholarship competition, you can login using your existing login credentials or request a password reset.
  3. Fill out the application: Once you log in, you can apply by completing the application form the “Ébauche / Draft” section of the portal. Please also fill out your contact information in the “Coordonnées / Contacts” section of the portal.
  4. Get recommendation letters: While filling out the application form, you will be asked to enter the name and email address of your three referees in the box provided. An email will automatically be sent to the referees, asking them to upload their reference letter in PDF format directly to our portal. We advise that you follow up with your references to ensure they submit on time.
  5. Upload transcripts: Upload transcripts covering all of your post-secondary education in one PDF document. Any candidates who attended CEGEP in Quebec should not include their CEGEP transcripts.
  6. Contact your university: Please inform the awards officer responsible for the PETF Scholarship competition at your university to let them know you’ve applied. This ensures that your application will be included in your university’s selection process.
  7. University nominations: Your university will nominate applicants and forward their nominations to the Foundation by the closing date of the competition. The Foundation will only send an acknowledgement to those applicants who have been nominated by a university.
  8. PETF selection process: All candidates who have been nominated by a university will go through a rigorous selection process. Finalists will be invited for an interview. 

 

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The application period will open in November 2019

 

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