Become a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar

See the testimonials from a selection of our scholars who've experienced first hand the unique benefits of being part of the PETF community. You, too, can apply and become a scholar and member of this engaged & inspiring community!

Being welcomed into the Foundation’s community as a scholar has been an incredible privilege. The scholarship has introduced me to one of the most talented and motivated networks of leaders in the country, a community from which I now draw inspiration on a daily basis. Not only has the Trudeau scholarship supported my research and personal development; it has fundamentally shaped the direction of my life and career.”

— Ben Verboom, 2015 PETF scholar.

Whenever I reflect on the fact that I am a Trudeau scholar, I feel a warm sense of pride and joy knowing that the ongoing and collective commitment to a just and democratic and diverse Canada is real – a Canada that is relevant and influential and a Canada that is admired and respected overseas. I feel privileged and grateful to be a member of a community whose task is to combine intellectual rigour with policy for the betterment of Canadian society and the international community. What more could a first-generation Canadian ask for?

— Wendell Adjetey, 2014 PETF scholar

Trudeau scholars, active in the public arena sampler

Many scholars have expressed their views on topics of current interest in the media. Among them, Jake Pyne (2014) participated in a press conference at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in support of a plan to regulate changes in sexual identity for LGBTQ minors. Lisa Kerr (2012) and Kyle Kirkup (2013) have published op-ed pieces on solitary confinement in the Canadian and U.S penal systems. Tammara Soma (2014) discussed the causes and consequences of food waste and offered listeners related advice on CBC Radio One. And Michael Pal (2012) wrote a piece in the Ottawa Citizen analysing the recent Elections Act, which limits how non-resident Canadians can exercise their right to vote. Learn more

Meet our community of scholars

Read about the specific work of members of our community of exceptional Trudeau scholars: